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Thoughts on the EU protection for Neapolitan pizza

From the Slice inbox, a message from Scott Wiener of Scott's Pizza Tours. —The Mgmt. [Photograph: Adam Kuban] Here's an article about Neapolitan Pizza's new TSG protection from the EU: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/6771819/Neapolitan-pizza-wins-official-protection-from-EU.htmlMy feelings about this are totally mixed. Neapolitan pizza is lovely and it's true that lots of people use the term without following the guidelines (not so much what cheese and tomatoes to buy, but how to handle the dough) but I hope people don't get the idea that pizza has to have special protection to be good. Every major American city is getting into this wood-fired oven game (just... More

It's Not Pizza Napoletana if You Don't Follow the Rules

Photograph from stu_spivack on Flickr Pizza Margherita will now be recognized as a "regional specialty" in Naples by the European Union under its official name, the Pizza Napoletana. This means anyone claiming to sell a Pizza Napoletana must now adhere to the rules of what constitutes a Pizza Napoletana, as conceived by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (the True Neapolitan Pizza Association): The diameter must be no more than 35 cm (14 inches) in diameter and no thicker than 1/3 of a centimeter at its center The tomato base must be made from the San Marzano variety of tomatoes... More

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