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Forno Bravo Does Honolulu

Interno’s Pizza opens at Ward Centre in Honolulu (thanks to the Honolulu Pulse) using their second Forno Bravo pizza oven. We want to wish them good luck — break a leg! Or as they say in Italian, nel bocca del lupo” (into the wolf’s mouth).

Owners John Wong and Kyle Okumoto and done a great job developing their business. They started doing portable wood-fired pizza using a smaller Forno Bravo oven, and now they have a second Forno Bravo and their own restaurant space — and they are going to continue doing Food Truck events. They use authentic Italian flour and tomatoes, along with local ingredients from Hawaii. Sounds good to me.

You can see what Inferno’s is up to, including where they will be catering, on the Inferno’s web site.

 

 

10 Incredible Mobile Pizza Operations

The good people at Slice put together a fun list of 10 Incredible Mobile Pizza Operations. Which is something interesting to read in its own right. But from my perspective, I thought the list was fun because 4 of the 10 use Forno Bravo ovens! Wahoo! Go Forno Bravo!

Here they are:

Roberta’s (New York)

Fox Pizza Bus (Los Angeles)

Bolla Pizza (Austin)

Pizza Pilgrims (London)

Pizza Pilgrims in the UK Guardian

If you missed my previous posting, Pizza Pilgrims in London have installed a Forno Bravo pizza oven on a Piaggio Ape, a three wheel mini truck with a top speed of 32 mph. As you might guess, they are getting a lot of good press — I think not only because they’ve done something very original and very cool, but also, from everything I’ve read, because they are really good at what they do.

Photograph: Pal Hansen for the Observer

This nice article in the UK Guardian Life and Style section talks about their commitment to real Pizza Napoletana and great ingredients, and they even give a few recipes.

Wood-Fired Pizza on the Road in Idaho

This wood-fired catering company uses a Forno Bravo oven from The Fire Within — and I really like how his oven looks as well (haha). Check out The Whole Pie Pizza (TWPP) in Moscow, ID. These guys are really committed to their local community, and they are getting some good press coverage as well.

Fox Pizza Bus

How cool is this.

A Forno Bravo pizza oven in a double decker bus roaming the streets of Los Angles. Here is more from the Zagat Blog.

“It’s the creation of chef Michael Fox who, somehow, installed a Forno Bravo wood-burning pizza oven on the truck, which he uses to cook pizzas that he hand-tosses at parties and events – and hopefully, sometime in the future, at food truck get-togethers. In the meantime, he’s also offering cooking classes, where you and your friends can learn the fine art of pizza making. For info, go to www.foxpizzabus.com, e-mail info@foxpizzabus.com or call 818-305-4722.”

Photo courtesy of the Fox Pizza Bus

You can also check out the Fox Pizza Bus page on Facebook. These guys are busy. We will be adding them to our list of Wood-Fired Cooking Schools on www.fornobravo.com.

Pizza Making Should be Simple

This photo of Del Popolo Pizza a new wood-fired Food Truck in San Francisco from The Bend Bulletin really struck a cord with me. While the company has been getting a lot of attention in the press for, among other things, the sheer size of the food truck itself (it is based on a 14 ton, 20-foot shipping container that holds the pizza oven), what I like about this photo is how it captures the true nature of great pizza — and how simple it should be.

Photo by Nick Czap / The New York Times

Great dough, great tomatoes and cheese; a hot wood-fired oven; and of course some nice skill and techniques. Look at how uncluttered and calm this scene is.

Undergrad Takes on Food Truck at Cal

From the San Jose Mercury News.

Koh may be the first undergrad to run his own food truck at Cal, but street food fever is taking over not only cities, but also college campuses from coast to coast. Schools in Southern California, Texas, Oregon and Washington have launched their own versions of Off the Grid street food fests, bringing fleets of food trucks on campus. A trio of students at Bowdoin College in Maine launched a food truck in February. And law students in Pennsylvania have begun holding workshops for anyone interested in starting a food truck business of their own.

Photo from D. Ross Cameron/San Jose Mercury News

Exciting. There sure weren’t gourmet food trucks when I went to college (all those years ago).

Check out DoJo Dogs list of Asian Fusion Hotdogs:

Ninjitsu: A Dojo Dog dog topped with shredded nori, flash-grilled cabbage, teriyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise, in a hoagie-style bun.

Kendo: Bonito flakes, cabbage, soy paste and wasabi mayonnaise.

Wushu: Pork sung, cabbage, katsu sauce and Japanese mayonnaise.

Shaolin Monk: Lettuce, grilled cabbage and a miso glaze, wrapped in nori rather than a bun.