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UNESCO declares Neapolitan pizza world heritage

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UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) has officially recognised the art of Neapolitan pizza as a world cultural heritage.

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Two million Italians sign petition to have Neapolitan pizza recognised

After two million Italians signed a petition to have it recognised, UNESCO added “The Art of the Neapolitan Pizzaiuolo” to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for 2017.

The fourth phase of The Art of the Neapolitan Pizzaiuolo: baking in a wood-oven with a rotating movement.

According to UNESCO, the art of the Neapolitan Pizzaiuolo originated in Naples, Italy and “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 four phases include shaping the dough balls, spreading the dough (called “ammaccatura”) and forming the raised rim with a skillful motion known as “schiaffo”, topping the dought with ingredients (no more than four) from the centre with a spiralling and clockwise motion, and finally baking in a wood-oven with a rotating movement.

(L-R) 400 Gradi Group owner Johnny Di Francesco and Antonio Pace, president of the AVPN.

The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list was announced in Seoul this week, with the Australian delegate for the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) Johnny Di Francesco (400 Gradi Group) in attendance. Di Francesco said the association is very excited to see Neapolitan pizza finally recognised.

“We had backing from two million Italians which just goes to show how passionate we are about pizza!” he said.

The second phase: forming the raised rim with a skillful motion known as “schiaffo”.

“Passed down through generations, the true Neapolitan pizza represents the heart and soul of Italian culture so we’re over the moon to make it onto the list.”

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