Police: Coffin Wood Fuels Naples Pizza Ovens

Cops believe grave robbers supply pizzerias
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2010 4:34 AM CDT
Wood fires are essential to cooking a traditional Neapolitan pizza, but police say some of that wood may have once housed dead people.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

(Newser) – Unscrupulous pizzeria owners in Naples may be giving their pizzas that unique wood-fired taste by using cut-rate wood from coffins dug up by a gang of grave robbers, police say. "A real suspicion hangs over pizza—one of the few remaining important symbols of the city—that it could be cooked with wood coffins," reports the newspaper Il Giornale. "Not only the pizza, the bread, too, may have been cooked with the wood." Investigators plan to keep a close eye on thousands of lower-end pizzerias and bakeries in the city, the Independent reports.

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