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  • Pizza parlours 'using coffin wood for fuel'

    Below in italics is a story from the ABC news online posted today at Pizza parlours 'using coffin wood for fuel' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Either it must be a slow news day or this is a left over article from 1st April. Seriously, I would have thought that coffin wood would be a pretty lousy fuel as it is probably mostly ply wood.

    Pizza parlours 'using coffin wood for fuel'

    Italian prosecutors believe pizza in the southern city of Naples may be baked in ovens lit with wood from coffins dug up in the local cemetery, Italian daily Il Giornale reported.

    "Pizza, one of the few symbols of Naples that endures... is hit by the concrete suspicion that it could be baked with wood from coffins," Il Giornale said.

    Investigators in Naples are setting their sights on the thousands of small, lower-end pizza shops and bakeries that dot the city on suspicion the owners may "use wood from caskets to keep ovens burning".

    The city's graveyard has long been a hunting ground for thieves: last year, 5,000 flower pots were stolen from the cemetery.

    "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.

    Neapolitan pizza was invented between 1715 and 1725, with the world-famous Margherita variant first cooked up in 1889.

    Italy's estimated 25,000 pizzerias employ around 150,000 people and account for a turnover of 5.3 billion euros ($7.5 billion).
    Paul

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    Re: Pizza parlours 'using coffin wood for fuel'

    Ohh boy. Imagine if this proves to be true and the new trend that faux sophisticates come up with here in the US. "Your oven just isn't a Naples oven unless you are burning your fire with that of dug up coffins.
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