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April 1, 2010 Vol. 65 No. 7 Back to Bulletin Main Page

EUROPEAN UNION: PIZZA NAPOLETANA Obtains “Traditional Speciality Guaranteed” Status

With the publication on February 4, 2010, of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 97/2010, the name PIZZA NAPOLETANA has been entered in the register of Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSGs).

A TSG protects an agricultural product or foodstuff with characteristics that distinguish it from other, similar products of the same category. Along with the Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), it is one of the forms of protection for agricultural products and foodstuffs governed by the EU’s Protected Geographical Status (PGS) regime. TSGs are specifically dealt with in EU Regulation No. 509/2006.

Originating in the southern Italian city of Naples and dating back to the eighteenth century, PIZZA NAPOLETANA TSG is defined as a round product baked exclusively in wood-fired ovens at a temperature of 485°C for between 60 to 90 seconds with a variable diameter not exceeding 35 cm, a raised rim (1–2 cm thick) and a garnished centre (0.4 cm thick).

According to the regulation, the pizza must be tender, elastic and easily foldable. Only pizzas that are prepared in a continuous cycle on the same commercial premises with tomatoes, “Mozzarella di Bufala Campana” (PDO) or Mozzarella (TSG), extra virgin olive oil, oregano, garlic and basil and oven-baked in a wood stove may use the official TSG label.

Registration for PIZZA NAPOLETANA was applied for in the Italian language, while the words “Prodotta secondo la tradizione napoletana” (“produced in the Neapolitan tradition”) and the acronym STG (TSG) that feature on the TSG label are translated according to the place of production. It is not necessary that the pizza be manufactured in Naples, but the pizza must be made according to the Naples tradition as described in Regulation No. 97/2010, which also provides for three inspection bodies to ensure that the mark is being used only to distinguish pizza prepared according to the regulation.

While the granting of TSG status enables Neapolitan pizza to take its place among Europe’s most prized culinary delights, registration was sought without reservation of the name, so the protection falls short of prohibiting use of the name “Pizza Napoletana” (without the TSG logo) for pizzas that do not meet the required standards.


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