NAPLES, ITALY - 8 DECEMBER 2017: A waitress carries a pizza here at Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo in Naples, Italy, on December 8th 2017.
On Thursday December 7th 2017, UNESCO added the art of Neapolitan “Pizzaiuolo” to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ 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 element originates in Naples, the capital of the Campania Region, where about 3,000 Pizzaiuoli now live and perform. Pizzaiuoli are a living link for the communities concerned. There are three primary categories of bearers – the Master Pizzaiuolo, the Pizzaiuolo and the baker – as well as the families in Naples who reproduce the art in their own homes. The element fosters social gatherings and intergenerational exchange, and assumes a character of the spectacular, with the Pizzaiuolo at the centre of their ‘bottega’ sharing their art.
In Naples, pizza makers celebrated the victory by giving away free pizzas.