Neapolitan pizza makers given special recognition by United Nations



Associated Press

Traditional Neapolitan pizza makers, known as "Pizzaiuoli" celebrated by throwing dough in the air on the streets of Naples after being given special recognition by the United Nations. 

The "pizzaiuoli' are to be seen as part of the "intangible cultural heritage of humanity" of Naples.
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The news arrived in Naples overnight, that the UN was to recognise the art of Neapolitan pizza making as part of the "intangible cultural heritage of humanity".

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In Jeju, South Korea, a committee of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) added Naples' pizza makers to their list.  

The committee said the culinary practice of preparing the dough, using a wood fired oven was part of a special tradition in Naples - home to some 3,000 "Pizzaiuoli".

Pizza makers revelled in their newfound glory on Thursday morning. 

They made Pizza Margherita with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basilica and distributed them to the public.

According to a UNESCO statement: "Knowledge and skills related to the element are primarily transmitted in the 'bottega' of the Pizzaiuoli where young apprentices can observe their master at work."

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