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More on the Neapolitan Pizza debate

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on December 13, 2009 by amulgandhi

An article appearing in The Telegraph has sparked the interest of the boys at Slice a few days after my original post regarding the issue.  The debate is an interesting one as the pizzerias throughout Naples aren’t even entirely sure about what is considered an authentic Neapolitan pizza as some believe that the size regulations are irrelevant, while some feel that bufala mozzarela isn’t the best cheese to use, which has sparked a debate over the legitimacy of the VPN.  Will people flock to only VPN approved pizzerias from now on?  Most likely not and going to an unapproved pizzeria will most definitely not spoil your experience, so the EU ruling essentially has protected a single perspective on what is considered to be an authentic Neapolitan pizza.  Below is a video that foolishpoolish linked in the comments section of the Slice article, which discusses at greater lengths the debate about authentic Neapolitan pizza.


A fight to preserve Pizza Authenticity

Posted in Food Bites with tags , , , on December 10, 2009 by amulgandhi

Pizza has evolved and transformed globally as each country and culture has their own take on what a pizza should be.  The Margherita pizza is one of the most traditional and basic pizzas on the planet, but the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (The True Neapolitan Pizza Association) with the backing of the European Union have claimed that the Pizza Napolitana will be granted the Traditional Specialty Guarantee that is guided by the regulations laid out by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana.  This ruling which was made yesterday essentially disallows any pizzeria in Europe to claim to sell authentic Neapolitan pizza without adhering to strict preparation guidelines and undergoing inspections.  The guidelines outlined by the AVPN are:

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