It’s no secret that the Italians take food quite seriously. So much so that the classic, Neapolitan way of making pizza is a piece of UNESCO-certified “Intangible Cultural Heritage.” The original ‘pizza’, as we know it today hails from Naples, Italy where it was developed as a cheap, street food. However, it rocketed to fame when King Umberto I and his wife Queen Margherita of Savoy visited Naples and her namesake pizza was born. Simple ingredients prepared perfectly is what makes Neapolitan pizza so special and why the certification, “Verace Pizza Napoletana” exists.
NAPLES, CAMPANIA, ITALY – 2017/12/07: The Neapolitan pizza with the words “Unesco”. The art of the … [+] Neapolitan pizza maker is the only Italian contender to join the UNESCO world heritage list. (Photo by Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB /LightRocket via Getty Images)
LightRocket via Getty Images Verace Pizza Napoletana
Verace Pizza Napoletana means ‘true Neapolitan pizza’ and this certification was created in 1984 by the oldest pizza-making families in Naples. According to their website, “Later on, the association was officially established by the Italian government as a denomination of control (DOC), a designation that made AVPN a legal entity able to give special designation to pizzerias who meet strict requirements that respect the tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making.” In Naples you’ll see a little plaque on the walls of the certified pizzerias, but the organization also certifies those abroad as well. Their website lists all members in Italy and elsewhere.