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Watch: Neapolitan pizza gets UNESCO world heritage status

UNESCO accepted the art of Neapolitan "pizzaiuolo" on the world body's list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 07, 2017, 11.30 AM (IST)

The art of making Neapolitan pizza has won world heritage status, and joined UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage', reports said on Thursday. 

UNESCO has added the art of Naples "pizzaiuoli," and congratulated Italy for their achievement and announced it on Twitter. 

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The art of "pizzaiulio" has apparently been handed down for centuries in Italy - was accepted for the world body's list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Almost two million people signed the petition to support Naples' application as they argued that the art of preparing and flipping the dough, topping it and then baking it in a wood-fired oven was a part of the country's cultural and gastronomic tradition. 

In Rome, pizzeria owner Romano Fiore celebrated the decision. "I am honoured like all Italians and Neapolitans are...pizza has centuries of history," Fiore said.

"Victory!" Maurizio Martina, Italy's minister for agriculture, food and forestry, wrote on Twitter. "Another step towards the protection of Italy's food and wine heritage."

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In a statement, Martina said the recognition came after a years-long campaign.

"The art of the Neapolitan pizza-maker contains Italian know-how ... the especially traditional knowledge that has been transmitted from generation to generation," he said.

Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, a former agriculture minister who attended the proceedings in Jeju, said in a video posted on Twitter:

"From South Korea to Naples, today is a day of great celebration. The art of cheerleading Neapolitan is intangible cultural heritage"

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Food culture already on the UNESCO list includes Turkish coffee culture and tradition, the gingerbread craft of northern Croatia and the traditional ancient Georgian method of Qvevri wine-making.

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