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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

European Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various European countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Programs available on 25 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 25-Disc Set. Click for more

Italy: Pizza Story (Open-Captioned Version)

Italy: Pizza Story (Open-Captioned Version)

"Recommended. This is a surprisingly detailed as well as sometimes humorous look at pizza. Viewers watch Professor Carlo Mangoni di S. Stefano of the University of Naples talk about the history of the tomato and the invention of pizza around 1750; then we see the famous Pizzafest that features 40 ovens and serves 4,000 - 5,000 customers per night; next the Nazionale Italiano Pizzo Acrobatica has to be seen to be believed. It is an amazing show of young men displaying their talents and agility with pizza dough! The program then becomes more serious as it provides an in depth look at the four main ingredients of pizza: we see every aspect of the tomato from the farmlands where they are cultivated to the processing plants; then Mozzarella cheese is analyzed; next is a discussion about the wheat, which is produced for the dough; next is the olive for the olive oil. We learn about the ovens used to cook pizza; plus the industrialization of the entire process of creating and selling pizza is described. Altogether this film is a combination of a serious and fun look at the world of pizza." -EMRO Review
"Recommended. This is a seriocomic look at the origin and production of pizza in its birthplace, Naples, Italy. It examines in detail each ingredient that goes into pizza, techniques for hand-tossing pizza, regulations for producing protected trade names, and the process for manufacturing factory-made pizza." -School Library Journal
The word "pizza" belongs to every language, and pizza restaurants can be found throughout the world. Pizza-makers have a job with a future. Since so many countries claim to have invented pizza, this tongue-in-cheek portrait puts the issue to rest by visiting pizza's true birthplace, Naples, Italy. Here we thoroughly investigate its production, examine each ingredient, and discover why this Mediterranean dish has been globalized and is now subject to all the problems of modern mass food production; also we experience the city's annual "Pizzafest" celebration. Produced by TSI, Inc. 2008/OC IJSCA 52 min.
Note: A Non-Open-Captioned version is available.

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