Italy candid Neapolitan pizza at the Unesco World Heritage

Una pizza per l'Unesco

“With the recognition of the pizza as UNESCO heritage protection is a business that only in Italy has reached 10 billion Euros, in approximately 63 thousand pizzerias and for removal, cutting and transport home where they work a total of over 150 thousand people” . Is what emerges from an analysis of Coldiretti in commenting on the approves of Commission Italian Unesco,  chaired by Giovanni Puglisi, the recognition of the art of pizza in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity, in support of which were 300 thousand the signatures collected by the Coldiretti with the Association Pizzaiuoli Neapolitans and the foundation UniVerde former Agriculture Minister Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio.

By 31 March, therefore, the application of traditional art Pizzaiuoli Neapolitans will be sent to Paris in order to assess by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in the course of 2016. The dossier will be physically delivered at UNESCO headquarters Monday, March 30. From that moment begins a long and complex international negotiations that will involve more than 160 countries. On behalf of Italy negotiations will be conducted by prof. Pier Luigi Petrillo who recently earned her the prestigious UNESCO on farming practice of grape growing sapling of Pantelleria.

“I am certain that the inscription of the art of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli within the prestigious UNESCO list, if confirmed by the Parisian, will help to promote internationally the Italian gastronomic traditions, protecting excellence and, at the same time, enhancing the sustainable lifestyle that they embody “the president said Puglisi, after the meeting, at the Palazzo Firenze in Rome, the board of directors of the international body that decided what will be the new nominations to the Representative List of Italian heritage Intangible Cultural Heritage, established within the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

“I am particularly proud – added Puglisi – the work done by our National Commission has chosen, in the year of the EXPO 2015 in Milan dedicated to the theme of food (Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life), to promote and enhance one of the most significant Italian crafts and culinary traditions. ” The art of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli, in fact, continued Puglisi: “combines important social and cultural values, reflecting the spirit of a community, as the Neapolitan, a symbol of our country in the world.”


“The decision of the National Commission Unesco fills us with joy – he added, for his part, Minister Maurizio Martina – especially because it comes just a few days after the inauguration of the Universal Exhibition in Milan, dedicated to the issues of nutrition. The choice of Italian government to present in Paris, as the only national nomination, the art of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli, is the best way to reaffirm the importance of the cultural heritage agribusiness has for Italy. It ‘a decision relevant to counter those phenomena imitation of this ancient Italian art and revive traditional production techniques, handed down from generation to generation”.

“With the decision of the Italian Commission Unesco to nominate the ”Art of Pizzaiuoli Neapolitans’ starts an international negotiation, which – Coldiretti – will involve 163 states with independent evaluators who will be called to examine it to decide by November 15, 2016 if you enroll in the list UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity “. “Now the commitment moves internationally to defend and protect a product symbol of national identity known throughout the world,” said the president of Coldiretti Roberto Moncalvo in stressing that “when a product becomes globalized, the risk is that if it loses the origin and it is the case of the art of pizza”.