Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
Diners in Naples, Italy may be unwittingly getting a new ingredient on their traditional Mozzarella cheese and tomato pizzas. Police are investigating reports that several “lower-end” bakeries and pizza shops are using wood from coffins to fire the ancient stone ovens. Neapolitan graveyards are hunting grounds for thieves with over 5000 flower pots being stolen last year, and the Carabinieri theorize that a gang may be desecrating graves to obtain the traditional oak wood tender for pizza ovens.
“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,” says an article in Il Giornale , Milan’s daily newspaper.
“Italy’s estimated 25,000 pizzerias employ around 150,000 people and account for a turnover of 5.3 billion euros,” according to the newpaper.
Source: The Telegraph
~Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger