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Neapolitan Pizza earns UNESCO status

UNESCO said that the art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ (pizza maker) has been put on its prestigious Intangible Cultural Heritage list. “The art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ is a culinary practice comprising four different phases relating to the preparation of the dough and its baking in a wood-fired oven, involving a rotatory movement by the baker. The element originates in Naples, the capital of the Campania Region, where about 3,000 Pizzaiuoli now live and perform. Pizzaiuoli are a living link for the communities concerned,” UNESCO said in a statement after a committee added 12 new elements to the intangible list during a meeting in Jeju, South Korea.

“There are three primary categories of bearers – the Master Pizzaiuolo, the Pizzaiuolo and the baker – as well as the families in Naples who reproduce the art in their own homes. The element fosters social gatherings and intergenerational exchange, and assumes a character of the spectacular, with the Pizzaiuolo at the centre of their ‘bottega’ sharing their art.” (Ansa)