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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ingredients from beyond - some Neapolitan pizzas have a secret ingredient...

Una Pizza Napoletana: FiletaImage by akuban via Flickr
From: ITALY Magazine

In yet another hit to the reputation of the city of Naples, news has emerged that certain bakeries and pizzerie may be using wood from stolen coffins to fire their pizza ovens.

Il Giornale reports that, although there have been rumours that this has been happening on a small scale for twenty-five years, the city’s Prosecutor now believes that a gang is involved and that many small pizzerie and bakeries dotted around the city may be involved. It is also possible that the daily bread of thousands of Neapolitans is being baked in this way.

The main cemetery in Naples is never closed and has become a looters’ paradise. Statues and coats of arms are regularly taken from the area where nobles are buried and last year, 5,000 flower pots were stolen in broad daylight.

There is, of course, little evidence to prove that this is a wide-scale activity but an undoubtedly otherworldly turn of events nonetheless!

In all fairness to Napoli their is also an active group of restaurants (especially in central Napoli) that are actively promoting the strict control and certification of what can be called an authentic Neapolitan pizza.

Would this put you off eating pizza in Naple
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