I know when winter strikes, the first thing I think about is dining outside!
Yeah, no. Im a wimp. I hate eating outside in December unless my job forces the issue. And that brings me to todays blog post al fresco wood-fired pizza.
Despite the chill, I had to check out one of Pierce Countys newest mobile food vendors Pizzahood in downtown Puyallup.
I rolled up to the 76 Station on East Main and eyed the mobile unit surreptitiously. Was this going to be one of those deals where a slice of previously baked pizza (insert your own imaginary air quotes around that) would be reheated in some kind of portable contraption?
I imagined a sad slice of floppy trouble, covered in an orange sheen. Then I got out of my car.
The freshly made wood-fired pizza had a base that was crackery and thin, but with enough chewy resistance to make the crust interesting. The toppings were evenly distributed and of good quality. I watched as the female part of the duo made my pizzas to order; her male co-worker rung me up (they take cash or plastic). Both pizzas took about 7 minutes to bake, which is a long wait by food-truck standards, but Im not going to complain because good food never is made quickly.
The double pepperoni had what tasted like crushed tomatoes as a sauce base and a dusting of dried herbs blanketing the pie. The artichoke pesto chicken pie was loaded an inch deep with toppings (which meant some toppled off, but that didnt bug me). I appreciated the seesaw of sweet and smoky from bacon, red onions and roasted sweet hot and red peppers. All pies are priced the same $7.99 for a small (feeds two) and $14.99 for a large (feeds 3-4).
The truck is wrapped in thick plastic, which acts as a sort of hermetic pizza seal. Find the entrance on the rear right of the plastic tent.The wood-fueled oven takes up the center of the truck, a prep area is to the left, and a pay station is to the right. The fun part was watching the pizza chef slide the pie into the wood-fired oven using a paddle. They advertise they only use apple wood to fire the oven.