Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Naples Pizzerias Using Coffin Wood?

Say it Ain't So...

Recent news out of Naples allege that some pizzerias in that city are using coffin wood to fuel their pizza ovens. This was reported in Il Giornale, a local Italian daily.

Police have been investigating reports that some of the smaller pizzerias may have used stolen coffin wood to keep their wood fired ovens going.

In recent years there has been a rash of grave robbers in the city of Naples. According to reports last year 50,000 flower pots were stolen.

As a pizza maker, I am in utter shock and disbelief. All of the pizzas made in Naples that are DOC certified are made to exact specifications.  For more information check out this resource: Associazione Verace Pizza Neapolitan .  Another pizza organization is: Verace Pizza Napoletana Americas

The idea that pizza made under such stringent conditions would get woods from coffins to me is outrageous.
I find it hard to believe that anyone would willingly violate the trust placed in these pizzerias to save a few dollars by using coffin wood.

I just don't believe it. Certainly stranger things have happened... More on this story as it develops.

 You can read the rest of this story here.

Pizza on Earth, and in Naples,

Albert Grande
The Pizza Therapy Pizza Promoter

You can discover  Peter Reinhart's quest to Naples in search of the perfect pizza in his book, American Pie. Reinhart also goes to many other locations on his journey... Read all about it here.

1 comment:

Droidtastical said...

Wow i wouldn't have even thought of coffin wood as a source to cook with. sounds both gross and creepy nothing like a little cremation to go with your peperoni. Interesting post.