News 7 december — 13:46

Neapolitan pizza makers could gain World Heritage status


The United Nation's is soon to decide whether to give Neapolitan pizza makers World heritage status, Euronews reports.

It's one of the candidates to join the list of intangible heritage created by UNESCO, but we're not talking about pizza but the pizza makers.

The UN’s Educational and Cultural agency will decide this week whether the pizzaiuoli, as they are called, should be included in the list of cultural treasures across the world in need of protection.

They say they are not just cooks, but proud bearers of a tradition handed down from generation to generation.

An online petition supporting the pizzaiouli attracted more than two million signatures.

According to the petition and application for the status, Italians have had it with the indignities the world has strewn over its culinary claim to fame, including everything like pineapples, non-Italian sauces and cheeses, and other edible "grafitti." 

International recognition, they say, would safeguard the original pizzamaking tradition from the many imitations across the the planet...and even beyond.

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