Neapolitan pizza recognized as a world heritage site

The noble art of pizza making in Naples happens, has been added to the Unesco list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. That has the Italian minister of Agriculture Maurizio Martina on Thursday via Twitter to let you know. Pizza is popular the world over, but it is generally believed that the Southern Italian city of Naples, the birthplace of the original version.


The UN culture organisation took the decision during a meeting on the South Korean island of Jeju. Two million people had a “global petition” signed to the Italian request to support, said Sergio Miccu, president of the association of Neapolitan pizzamakers.

Strict rules

That association has very specific guidelines that make a pizza an authentic Neapolitan pizza is. That is made with dough of wheat flour, organic yeast, sea salt and water. The dough should be handgekneed. Pizzamakers are sometimes caught on some dough acrobatics by, for example, in the air to throw. There are only two types of Neapolitan pizzas: marinara and margherita.

In the eleven-page book with rules is that baking should only be done in an oven in which the temperature of 485 degrees Celsius has been reached’ and that the bins not be allowed to exceed 60 to 90 seconds.

16th century

The art of the pizzabakken goes back to the 16th century. The first pizzas in Naples were the flat breads in the first place were created as a quick and cheap way to get the people to feed, according to historian Antonio Mattozzi. The culinary tradition developed that the first pizzerias appeared at the end of the 18th century. But it still took almost a century before the pizzeria’s uitzwermden outside of Naples.


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