Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

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."

cancel ×
This is a preview of your comment

No Comment Title Entered

Anonymous Coward 1 minute ago

No Comment Entered


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...

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account