Preparing Pizza Margherita, the archetype of Neapolitan pizza
What is the hallmark of a true-blue Italian pizza? It’s not the cheese or the lack of pineapples, but the way it is made. The classic twirl of the pizza is a skill mastered over the years, and as of today it is also a UNESCO-certified Intangible Heritage of the city of Naples, Italy. The World Heritage Committee added the pizza twirl to the list of Intangible Heritage after putting this to the vote. And this decision comes after the city campaigned for a place in the list for a long time. ALSO READ: Ischia Images: 15 Unbelievable Photos of Ischia, the Volcanic Italian Island on the Gulf of Naples
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The association of pizza-makers in Naples argued for months to make the pizza twirl of Naples an Intangible Heritage after seeing all the strange toppings, cheeses and sauces that have been added to pizzas around the world. Most of us are so used to our own versions of the pizza, we would probably be surprised if an authentic Italian pizza were placed on our table. And that’s why Naples’ association turned to the UNESCO Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is charge of determining cultural traditions that are at risk of losing their own identity. Also Read - Silver Lining in The Time of Coronavirus: 101-year-old Man Recovers From COVID-19 in Italy
Apart from the Neapolitan pizza-making tradition, more than 30 other traditions from around the world were put to vote to be added to the list of Intangible Heritage. The nominations included Indonesian Pinisi boatmaking and Konjic woodcarving from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The list so far includes the royal ballet of Cambodia, summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees, and Jamdani weaving in Bangladesh, among many others. NOW READ: Here are 6 Reasons Why You Need to Travel Solo
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The city association was actually aiming for UNESCO to add every step of the process that goes into making a traditional Neapolitan pizza, from the twirl to the iconic throw and then baking it in an old-school oven run by beechwood. And to celebrate the inclusion of authentic pizza making into the books of UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage, pizza-makers distributed free pizzas for free. And if you cannot head to Naples just yet to get a taste of real Italian pizza, we’d recommend celebrating the occasion by ordering one from your favorite local restaurant. Just don’t get one with pineapples, though.