Making pizza is a skill to be mastered,
and despite the number of restaurants around the world boasting authentic Italian pizza, there’s only one place where making and eating it is worth traveling for:
Naples pizza makers are hoping the United Nations agrees,
which is why the World Heritage Committee has made pizza twirling in Naples a candidate to join UNESCO’s list of Intangible Heritage.
The Association of Neapolitan Pizzaioli has campaigned to add the culinary tradition to the UNESCO list after seeing how other cultures have appropriated pizza by adding non-Italian sauces, cheeses, and toppings.
Pizzaioli wants UNESCO to recognize the entire custom of Neapolitan pizza making, which includes spinning and twirling the dough, throwing it in the air to “oxygenate” it, and baking it in a beechwood-burning oven.