A nativity crib dedicated to Neapolitan pizza was something still missing in the landscape of the nativity scene art and so APN seized the opportunity given by the anniversary of the proclamation of the art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity to fill this gap. Ciao could never miss the roll call! Enjoy the first nativity crib made with pizza dough!
Nothing is more Neapolitan than the two arts of the pizza makers and of the nativity crib. So this year, APN – the Neapolitan Pizza-makers Association, and the artisans of San Gregorio Armeno decided together to create a truly exceptional work that will be exhibited until January 10 in the Basilica of Saint Clare.
The structure is that of a traditional 18th century nativity scene with a wood base and terracotta shepherds classically dressed in silk. But on closer look, the nativity scene in the Basilica of Saint Clare is a completely new masterpiece covered with pizza dough.
“We crib artisans, together with the pizza makers of the APN, replaced the stucco with the most natural material in the world: water and flour – told us Salvatore Iasevoli, author of the work.”
Nothing is missing in the Pizzaiuoli’s nativity crib: from the iconic waterfall that characterizes the most elaborated Neapolitan craftsmanship and which carries water to the flour mills, to the domes that represent the Sedili di Napoli (the ancient administrative institutions of the city), up to a real pizzeria.
Obviously, the main topping of the Neapolitan pizza could not be missing. A space inside the Pizzaiuoli’s crib is indeed dedicated to the tomato harvest and the brand chosen is of course Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli, fully representing all the characteristics of the flavors of the South.
“This nativity scene has a great value in defending traditions. The art of pizza makers and the art of the nativity scene have come together as a shield protecting the uniqueness of the Made in Italy which in both sectors is threatened by counterfeiting” – Sergio Miccú, President of APN, told us. “We hope that soon other forms of craftsmanship will be able to enjoy the protections conferred by a title such as that of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The battle of #pizzaunesco goes on!”