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Pizzerias Accused Of Cooking With Coffin Wood

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the extra-pepperoni-hold-the-bones dept.

Crime 6

Italian prosecutors believe that thousands of small, lower-end pizza shops in Naples may be using wood from coffins dug up in the local cemetery to cook their pizzas. From the article: "'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. According to tradition, Neapolitan pizza should be cooked in a stone oven with an oak-wood fire."

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Urban legend (2, Interesting)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 3 years ago | (#32266164)

This story has all the hallmarks of an urban legend. Unscrupulous business owners commit impossible to verify moral misconduct, selling a fattening product to unsuspecting consumers (who therefore cannot be held blameless).

From flower pots to coffins? (1)

AthanasiusKircher (1333179) | more than 3 years ago | (#32270268)

From TFA:

Naples' graveyard has long been hunting ground for thieves: last year, 5,000 flower pots were stolen from the cemetery.

While I assume there's more evidence than is being repeated in this article, does it strike anyone else like there's a big gulf between stealing a flower pot versus digging up a grave, throwing out the corpse, and then breaking up the wood for an oven fire?

It all strikes me as a lot of work to save a few bucks.

Not to mention that you'd need the appropriate casket wood. Recent and high-end caskets have wood that's often heavily treated, which could release dangerous fumes when burned (dangerous not only for customers but for workers). Caskets that are cheap enough to be made of untreated wood generally deteriorate in the ground pretty fast, so only recent graves would be useful.

All in all, the story seems unlikely, unless someone were doing it for some warped or macabre reason. Even if they have evidence, I'm not sure about the focus on lower-end pizzerias. Cheap pizza places in Naples already use cheap wood to fire their ovens; this seems like a lot of heavy work for little gain.

Re:From flower pots to coffins? (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#32278814)

It's like the stories (told by some bloke down the pub) that they'd found a freezer full of cats such and such a Chinese takeway.

Right. Because it'd totally be worth your while to go crawling round alleys all night with a cleaver & a can of tuna going "here kitty kitty" rather than buying chicken from the wholesaler for a couple of bo-did a pound...

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