Need To Ruin Your Appetite?

05.28.2010 · Posted in Graverobbing, Weird Criminals

So I was eating a nice gooey slice of pizza as I learned of this story.

Prosecutors in Naples, Italy launched an investigation into a macabre rumor that gives a new meaning to the term “secret ingredient.”  According to tradition, pizza in Naples is cooked in a stone oven with an oak-wood fire. Lately, the problem is the source of the wood. It is quite possible that a gang has displayed some real ingenuity and sold wood from coffins dug up from the local cemeteries to pizzerias looking to save some cash.  Some of the the cemeteries are in terrible condition and are looted for all kinds of things on a regular basis.

This could mean Pizza Margherita is sometimes maybe really Pizza Margherita, if the wood came from the right grave. Eww.

I’m not sure whether it’s gluttony, hedonism, or just being jaded, but despite being very grossed out by this news I still want to go get another slice out of the pizza box in my refrigerator.

– Julie

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7735026/Pizza-in-Naples-cooked-with-wood-from-coffins.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20100517-pizza-naples-may-be-baked-using-coffin-wood-report
http://www.ilgiornale.it/interni/rubano_bare_cuocere_pizze/17-05-2010/articolo-id=445967-page=0-comments=1

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