Born from the idea of Rosario Mattera to promote the beauties and the several tourist and cultural proposals of an area just outside Naples, not so popular yet, Malazè is the food & wine and archeological event of the Phlegraean Fields.
The event is taking place yearly over the first weeks of September, in the towns of Pozzuoli, Bacoli, Monte di Procida, Quarto, Isola di Procida and part of the city of Naples, to show case the best typical products of a little known area, though rich in artistic, archeological and environmental heritage.
Over the years Malazè has become a diffused laboratory of territorial innovation where, based on creativity and culture, new ways of development are experimented and activated, and combine the protection and the promotion of the cultural and environmental heritage and the landscape, with food, community, new technologies, design and running business, a dimension where development, identity and sustainability come together.
The Origin of the name "Malazzè"
by Raffaele Giamminelli
Every dialectal vocabulary ignored the noun "malazzè". This is a term coming directly from the seafaring origin and it should be used only in the area of Pozzuoli, even if still today the newgenerations ignore its etymology.
During the ‘50s, when ancient traditions were still present, houses and stores on the ground floor, not yet transformed into the common modern use, were designed to specific life needs, [...] they were used as a warehouse for fishing tools and houses that overlooked the port had openings that allowed stocking boats. These were the malazzè: "magazzino-magazzeno-malazzè".