Italian cuisine nominated for UNESCO intangible heritage

Italian cuisine has officially been nominated by the Italian government as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2023. The government has decided, on a proposal from the Ministers of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Francesco Lollobrigida and Gennaro Sangiuliano of Culture, to nominate, the practice of Italian cuisine in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.  The dossier will now be sent by the Foreign Ministry to Unesco and the evaluation process will begin, which should end in December 2025 at the latest. Italian cuisine is defined, in the official candidacy dossier for the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritages, as a set of social practices, rituals and gestures based on the many local knowledges and practices. This mosaic of traditions reflects the biocultural diversity of the country and is based on the common denominator of conceiving the moment of preparing and eating a meal as an opportunity for sharing and discussion. The dossier was written by the Luiss professor, Pier Luigi Petrillo, who in the past had already handled the candidacies for UNESCO of many elements such as the Mediterranean diet and Neapolitan pizza makers.

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