Pizza in the Olympus of Art: it is UNESCO heritage

Pizza in the Olympus of Art: it is UNESCO heritage

«It is a victory for Naples and Italy»


«The art of Neapolitan pizzamaking is officially UNESCO’s cultural heritage». This was announced by the Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies Maurizio Martina on Twitter. “Victory! Italian food and wine identity is increasingly protected in the world », he underlined. Soon after, the tweet of the Minister for Cultural Heritage, Dario Franceschini, arrived: “The art of Neapolitan pizza makers is an “Intangible Heritage of Humanity”! The news comes from Unesco in South Korea. A recognition for Naples and Italy as it is about to begin 2018 The #annodelciboitaliano #PizzaUnesco ».

After eight years of international negotiations, in Jeju, South Korea, the unanimous vote of the UNESCO Government Committee for the only Italian candidature, recognizing that the food creativity of the Neapolitan community is unique in the world.

For UNESCO, the final decision reads: “The culinary know-how tied to the production of pizza, which includes gestures, songs, visual expressions, local jargon, ability to handle the pizza dough, perform and share is an indisputable cultural heritage. Pizzamakers and their guests engage in a social ritual, whose counter and oven act as a stage during the pizza production process. This occurs in a convivial atmosphere that involves constant exchanges with guests. Starting from the poor neighborhoods of Naples, the culinary tradition is deeply rooted in the daily life of the community. For many young practitioners, becoming Pizzaiolo (Pizzamaker)  is also a way to avoid social marginality ».

The United Nations Organization has rewarded the long work of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies which began in 2009 o draft the application dossier with the support of the Associations of pizza makers and the Campania Region, overcoming the prejudices of those who saw this ancient art as only a commercial phenomenon and not one of the highest expressions of identity in the Neapolitan culture. The application dossier and the delegation were coordinated by Professor Pier Luigi Petrillo.

At the end of the application, the Italian ambassador to Unesco, Vincenza Lomonaco, thanked all the States that voted for Italy, underlining the centrality of Italy in promoting the agri-food traditions in the context of the Organization of United Nations for Education, Science and Culture. Immediately after the proclamation, a long and thunderous applause broke out in the hall that celebrated the long-awaited Italian success, and many of the delegates present came to embrace the Italian representatives who in the long night of the final negotiation held a Neapolitan little horn in their hands to bring good luck, red as tradition requires.


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