Chef Mark DeCraepeo at Pizza Time in Boca Raton had been pushed just about as far as you can go as an Italian chef. One of his cousins working as a waitress at the restaurant hanged a ticket for another mozzarella caprese after he has already prepared the dish. DeCraepeo responded by pulling a gun and threatening to shoot her in the forehead if she hanged another order for mozzarella caprese.
DeCraepeo has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he pulled the gun and then slammed it on the counter top to show that he was “serious.”
The fact is that mozzarella caprese has been the undoing of many of good chef. While apologists at the National Mozzarella Caprese Association dismiss the impact on chefs, caprese crimes are tragically common — dwarfed only by assaults related to Osso Buco.
DeCraepeo can now top the order of aggravated assault with a side order of assault in tort. That, however, could be viewed as arbitrary and capres-ious.
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