Naples celebrates UNESCO recognition of art of pizza making

NAPLES — The city of Naples, often in headlines for its garbage woes and mafia violence, is celebrating international recognition of its tastier side.

UNESCO on Thursday added the art of the Neapolitan pizza maker, or ‘‘pizzaiuolo,’’ to its list of ‘‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity.’’ Neapolitan pizza making was one of 33 traditional practices from around the world that were added to the UN cultural organization’s list of ‘‘forms of expression’’ that are of importance to humanity.

Other winners this year were the ritual Kumbh Mela baths taken in India, Bosnian woodcarving, and the ‘‘Sega tambour’’ dance and song performances of Mauritius’s Rodrigues Island.


Agriculture minister Maurizio Martina said Italy’s campaign, launched in 2009, marked the first time UNESCO had recognized a profession linked to food production.

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The art of Neapolitan pizza making ‘‘involves Italian know-how based on experience, gestures, and traditional knowledge passed on from generation to generation,’’ he said a statement.

Italy is already the country with the most UNESCO world heritage sites at 53, including the historic centers of Rome, Naples, and Florence; the entire lagoon city of Venice; and the Amalfi Coast.