The art of the “pizzaiuolo” – passed down for generations in the southern Italian city - was among 12 of the new elements added to the list by the UN cultural body’s World Heritage Committee who met on the South Korean island of Jeju on Thursday.

“The practice originates in Naples, where around 3000 pizzaiuoli now live and perform, and plays a key role in fostering social gatherings and intergenerational exchange,” Unesco said in a statement.

“Knowledge and skills related to the element are primarily transmitted in the ‘bottega’ of the pizzaiuolo, where young apprentices can observe their master at work.”

The news was met with delight in Italy.

“Victory! Italy's food-and-wine identity is increasingly protected around the world,” Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina wrote on Twitter.

Italian farmers’ association Coldiretti said that many pizzaiuoli were showing off their acrobatic pizza spinning and tossing in central Naples to celebrate the achievement.

More than 350 traditions, art forms and practices have “intangible” status, from Spain’s flamenco dancing to Indonesian batik fabrics.