With price increases on everything from tomatoes and basil to flour and cheese, it just doesn’t pay to be a pizza chef these days! It seems as though some Italian chefs are taking matters into their own hands. According to Reuters via MSNBC.com, thirty cooks joined together Wednesday in Naples’ Piazza Dante to dole out 5,000 pizzas to waiting crowds, demanding stricter price controls on the infamous commodity. Many Italian pizzaioli makers are charging nearly double what some of their counterparts are offering. Wednesday’s protesters are recommending a cap on pizza pricing at 3-3.50 euros each for the country of Italy.
“In Naples and elsewhere in Italy that should be enough to cover costs and give a profit margin, without damaging quality,” Sergio Miccu, president of the Association of Neapolitan Pizza Cooks, told Reuters.