Italy celebrates the patron saint of pizzaioli

18 January 2022
2022-01-18 09:03

Pizza chefs in Rome were busy on Monday making one of Italy's most famous foods, pizza, on the day Italy celebrated St Antonio Abate, the patron saint of 'pizzaioli'. Pizzaioli joined the UNESCO's List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2017. 

According to UNESCO, the real art of the pizzaiolo "is a culinary practice comprising four different phases relating to the preparation of the dough and its baking in a wood-fired oven, involving a rotatory movement by the baker."

One of the simplest and most common types of pizza is the "Pizza Margherita", made with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. According to a popular legend in Italy, the Margherita was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy, the wife of King Umberto I, and the colours of its toppings are those of the Italian flag.

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