I got my first whiff of the The Urban Oven last year at Chris Bianco's booth at LA Loves Alex's Lemonade. There, Scott Tremonti worked side by side with Chris, for what I later learned was the first time ever. Chris began offering guidance to Scott, and his pizzas have been consistently improving ever since.
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Klausie's Pizza has been serving up Detroit-style pizza in the Triangle since 2010. We caught up with chef and owner, Mike Stenke, to talk about his quest to bring his hometown slice way down south.
Pizza Luca teased Gothamites earlier this year when it debuted at few locations in Lower Manhattan. Since then, owner and head pizza man Dean Medico has centered his operations primarily on the lower Hudson Valley. But New Yorkers can try Medico's pizza when he rolls into town for Meatopia this weekend. Get a preview here.
Running a successful food truck with limited refrigeration, climate control, and space is a feat in itself. Now imagine introducing an 800 degree fire-breathing oven into the equation. Here are ten incredible mobile pizza operations that not only demonstrate ingenuity and creativity in their designs, but turn out great pies that we can get behind.
In Provence, France, buried in the hills of village Le Castellet, one pizza truck is making mouthwatering wood-fired oven pies. The crust, blended with hazelnut flour and baked into a nubby cracker-like crunch, is bested only by the sublime, decadent toppings, like creme fraiche, Reblochon cheese, and juicy lardons.
This truck is making pizza that would hold its own in a brick-and-mortar joint. This is not just "good for a truck." It is great pizza, period. If you live near Edison or have a commute that takes you anywhere near, this is destination pizza, folks.
Casey's Pizza Truck was San Francisco's first mobile pizza truck, but now flour + water's original pizzaiolo Jon Darsky appears to have his own roaming pizzeria project in the works. And as reported by Tablehopper, that project has turned out to be a
deconstructed transatlantic shipping container that's 20' long and 8' wide into a mobile unit that will house a 5,000-pound, Stefano Ferrara wood-burning oven that's welded to the floor with a steel pedestal. Not only that, but the exhibition kitchen is enclosed by three glass doors, so you'll be able to watch your pizza being made. Yeah, this is gonna be fun."
Pop-up locations and rigged pizza decks, and tricky pizza-cooking conditions are old hat for Casey Crynes, who is taking pizza to the streets of San Francisco today in his rad new pizza truck. Casey has made pies in modified Webers about town, set up shop in bars with a counter-top Baker's Pride Electrical oven, as well as made due with whatever home oven challenges he encountered during catered pizza parties in clients houses. It's only natural that he would be the pioneer behind the city's first pizza truck.
Night Market Philadelphia, organized by The Food Trust is a roving gathering of the city's best food trucks and stands that sets up every few months in unique locations. June's special, Philly Beer Week Night Market brought a sneak peak of Nomad Pizza, a wood-fired pizza oven truck with plans to open a brick-and-mortar location in Philly in the fall.
What started in 2004 as a small mobile oven nicknamed "Terracottababy" and rapidly expanded to include a brick-and-mortar restaurant and an empire of farmer's market carts, Veraci is a success story Seattleites love to call their own. Sadly, there is a definite discrepancy between the feverish hype surrounding Veraci and the actual product they're serving.
Jiannetto's Pizza Truck was parked outside P.S. 29 on Henry Street in Brooklyn over the weekend, and its grandma slice called my name. It's a thinnish crust, topped with a dollop of plum tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, and fresh basil.
Get to Pizza Truck NYC early in the day when the pies are still relatively fresh, and I think that you will be pleasantly surprised. I certainly was: the slice I had did not suck.
[Photograph: The Rolling Stonebaker] The South Bend Tribune in Indiana reports on the Rolling Stonebaker pizza truck, a decommissioned and retrofitted 1949 Studebaker fire truck. Andrea Georgian and Jim Chaddock of Beverly Shores, Indiana, own the truck. As the article points out, she wanted a pizzeria and he wanted a truck. This was their (brilliant) compromise. "The truck is definitely a big draw, especially the older men. And they can't believe the oven's inside the truck," she says, adding that the siren gets plenty of use. And inside the oven, hungry diners will find classic pizzas such as Margherita,...
My impressions of the Eddie's Pizza Truck below. For photo outtakes, head into the slideshow above. [Photograph: Adam Kuban] Eddie's Pizza Truck No fixed address; follow @EddiesPizzaNY on Twitter for daily location updates; 917-439-7522; eddiespizzany.com Pizza style: Bar pies Oven type: Cecilware electic ovens The skinny: Eddie's of New Hyde Park brings its renowned bar pizza to Manhattan in a truck that cooks your pizza to order. Right now, however, the wait time is excessively long for pizzas that are more bar snack Price: $7 for 10-inch plain "bar pies"; toppings $1.50 each Can you take "bar pizza" out of...
@EddiesPizzaNY: "We r on 40th between 5th and 6th. Free pizza starts at 12."...
[Photograph: Eddie's Pizza Truck] Next week Thursday, June 10, marks the debut of the Eddie's Pizza Truck. Eddie's has long been a bar-pizza staple out on Long Island, and now a truck version will prowl the streets of Manhattan. Oh, and FREE STUFF — the truck will be giving out free pizzas on opening day, June 10: "Free bar pies for the first 100 customers starting at noon. Location will be released on Twitter (@eddiespizzany) the morning of Thursday, June 10."...
Reaching in to the Slice mailbag, we've got ... Give Pizza a Chance's menu board. It's more a "slice cart" than a "whole pie cart." Click it bigger for reference. [Photograph: I Dream of Pizza] I sent your post to my pal from Portland (ppppp!) and he was surprised this one didn't make the list: givepizzaachance.com.—Erin Zimmer ---------------------- Dear Erin, Even though you are sitting not more than 10 feet from me here in the Slice–Serious Eats office, I have chosen to answer you publicly on the internetz. Why? Because I need to post something in my mid-morning slot on...
Openings: Eddie's of New Hyde Park Bringing Its Bar Pizza to the Streets of Midtown/Financial District
Rejoice, Long Island expats and Long Islanders who commute into NYC for work: Eddie's of New Hyde Park is bringing its renowned bar pizza to Manhattan. In May, Eddie's will dispatch a pizza truck to rumble along the city's not-so-mean streets. How do we know this? Twitter, of course. As Ed Levine wrote about Eddie's in Pizza: A Slice of Heaven: I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Eddie's pizza, which features a crust not much thicker than one of those pieces of cardboard sandwiched inside my laundered shirts. Though the crust is cracker-thin, it's surprisingly pliant. You...