Tuesday 23 January 2018

Pizza the action for Neapolitan heritage

Neapolitan pizza making has won world heritage status. Photo: Ciro Fusco/ANSA Via AP
Neapolitan pizza making has won world heritage status. Photo: Ciro Fusco/ANSA Via AP

Darren Schuettler and Isla Binnie Jeju

The art of Neapolitan pizza making has won world heritage status, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch windmills on Unesco's culture list.

Unesco accepted the art of Neapolitan 'pizzaiuoli', or pizza makers, on the world body's list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

"Congratulations #Italy!" it said in a tweet after a meeting in Jeju, South Korea, where the decision was made.

Italy argued the practice of the 'pizzaiuoli' - preparing and flipping the dough, topping it and baking it in a wood-fired oven - was part of the country's cultural and gastronomic tradition.

In Rome, pizzeria owner Romano Fiore celebrated the decision.

"I am honoured, like all Italians and Neapolitans are. Pizza has centuries of history," he said.

Neapolitan pizza has a thin crust but the rim, when baked, bloats like a tiny bicycle tyre.

It is made in a brick oven and has two versions: marinara (tomato, garlic, oregano and oil) and margherita (tomato, mozzarella, oil and basil).

Irish Independent

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