Everyone loves a good slice of pizza. The familiar taste of well-made dough, rich tomato sauce and big chunks of mozzarella scattered over the top is enough to make anyone salivate.
Well, sort of. The Neapolitan Pizza has made the UNESCO’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ list. So far, there are around two million signatures.
The ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage List’ protects significant cultural practices all around the world. The list comprises of traditions and practises that are in danger of being lost.. Things like Punto, poetry and music of peasants in Cuba or the sharing and making of Dolmas in Azerbaijan.
Former Minister for Environment, Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio originally promoted the idea in 2010 and has since hit two million signatures in support of listing 'pizza'. Scanio revealed to SBS Italia that the petition received worldwide support.
He went on to explain, "it initially obtained the support of pizzaioli (pizza-makers), of the Italian agricultural organisation Coldiretti and of Federazione Italiana Cuochi (Italian Cooks’ Federation)."
Being added to the heritage list will ensure protection for not only the recipe and making of the Italian cuisine but will also keep large companies from using Italian sounding names for non-Italian products or agropiracy.
The Neapolitan Pizza is now the third Italian tradition on the list after the Mediterranean diet and Pantelleria’s head-trained bush vines.
Lead Image: Neapolitan Pizza, Valerio Capello