Investigators in Naples are setting their sights on the
thousands of small, lower-end pizza shops and bakeries that dot the city on
suspicion that patrons may "use wood from caskets to keep ovens burning."
Naples' graveyard has long been 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.
Neapolitan pizza was invented between 1715 and 1725, with the world-famous
Margherita variant first cooked up in 1889.