ITALIAN prosecutors suspect chefs in the southern city of Naples are baking pizzas in ovens lit with wood from coffins dug up from the local cemetery.
“Pizza, one of the few symbols of Naples that resists . . . is hit by the concrete suspicion that it could be baked with wood from coffins,” the Italian daily Il Giornale reported.
Investigators in Naples are setting their sights on the thousands of small, lower-end pizza shops and bakeries that dot the city on suspicion that patrons may “use wood from caskets to keep ovens burning”.
Naples’ graveyard has long been hunting ground for thieves: last year, 5000 flower pots were stolen from the cemetery.
“A gang might have set up a market for coffins sold to hard-hearted owners of bakeries and pizzerias looking to save money on wood,” Il Giornale said.
I bet that’s what gives it that special taste, nothing like good old rotten wood with rotten body parts attached to it, mmmmm…mmmmm, delicious!