If You Live in San-Fran You Can Have a Pizza-Bar on Your Driveway

Del Popolo Pizza Truck 5 photos
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Jon DarskyThe TruckDel Popolo PartyRaw Oven Being Made
If you spot a two-story shipping container cruising round San Francisco, with lots of tasteful smoke coming out of it, it’s probably the Del Popolo pizza truck.
In a time of pop-up restaurants with foods I can’t even pronounce, and food-trucks with burgers, burritos, and salads, whatever that last one's all about, it’s about time somebody took an all-time favorite like pizza and brought it into the game.

The Del Popolo Pizza truck is the baby of Jon Darsky.

Jon Darsky left his place at Flour + Water to start his own Italian eatery but as Darsky says, "I just couldn't find the place. Maybe I gave up too soon and I could have found something after all, but this idea (for the truck) came to mind."

Now there’s a long list of reasons as to why you haven’t seen many of these around. First-off, you need about 180 Grand. Not so easy for someone working in a restaurant. Then you need an engineer. One who knows how to fit stuff onto 18 wheelers. And once you have those two things, answer the following questions.

Jon Darsky
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"How do you put a big oven in a truck? How do you keep that from breaking? These windows are really, really big. How do you keep them from breaking when you're driving on the road? How do you have the service level be eye-level with the customers? How do you take pizza out of the oven and get it down there to the server?" says Jon Darsky.

Now, we all know how important the oven and cooking technique is. But if you’re looking for that traditional taste and method, as Darsky is, then it makes sense to go to the source. Napoli. And that’s just what Darsky did.

The truck is using a Stefano Ferrara brick oven. If you don’t know about Stefano’s ovens, here’s a quick intro. This family business has been making these types of ovens for generations in Napoli, using seemingly-primitive but highly guarded techniques that are still used today. The one Darsky’s using on the truck burns only wood.

That’s right! Wood burning only folks. We all know the taste difference. Bet your mouth watered a bit.

Del Popolo Party
Photo: Del Popolo
But who wants pizza at their party? I’m going to pretend no one asked that question.

Don’t worry folks, Del Popolo offers a menu of 3-4 different naturally-leavened pizzas. But if you need a drink with your ‘Za, they can do that too. And it pains me to say this, but, in case you have that one friend out of 50, Popolo will bring, just one, salad with them.

This beast can also be booked for your events as well. With a near 2000 dollar minimum to get this event up and running, Del Popolo does recommend groups of 50 plus. So we know for sure they can handle your birthday bash or what-have-you.

It’s definitely not small so you can’t miss it. And since it is a shipping container strapped, or rather welded to a Freightliner truck, be on the look-out for parking lots or huge driveways.
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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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