07 Dec '17, 2pm

Naples pizza twirling wins coveted UNESCO 'intangible' status

SEOUL (AFP) - Naples' pizza twirling joined Unesco's list of "intangible heritage" Thursday (Dec 7), securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures including a Saudi artfrom traditionally practiced only by women. The art of 'pizzaiuolo' - which has been handed down for generations in the southern Italian city - was given the nod by the UN cultural body's World Heritage Committee, who met on the South Korean island of Jeju. It comes after some two million people joined a petition to support Naples' application, according to Sergio Miccu, head of the Association of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli - no doubt buoyed by his offer of complimentary pizza if the age-old culinary tradition joined the prestigious list. "We'll be giving out free pizza in the streets," Miccu earlier told AFP. The custom goes far beyond the pizzaiuolo's spectacular handling of the dough - hur...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/naples-pizza-twi...

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