It measures up to 35cm in diameter and has an elevated rim of 1-2cm. It must contain tomato, basil and genuine mozzarella.
Or rather, it should. And — as of yesterday (9DEC) — if it does not, it cannot be described as a true pizza napoletana. To the delight of the Italian government, a committee in Brussels awarded the red, green and yellowy-white pizza more commonly as a pizza margherita the status of a traditional speciality guaranteed.
The agriculture minister in Silvio Berlusconi's government, Luca Zaia, called it the outcome of “a great battle won for Italy, not withstanding the obstacles erected by certain member states”.
The campaign to give the Neapolitan pizza a protected status was launched five years ago.