Portable Wood-Fired Pizza

October is National Pizza Month, so it was fitting that pizza was the theme of the party I threw last weekend for my husband’s 40th birthday.  Of course I didn’t know this when I booked The Big Green Pizza Truck  way back in April, but having my driveway converted into a fully functioning wood-fired pizza kitchen was the perfect way to celebrate an October birthday.

The pizza truck is basically a complete kitchen on wheels.  Refrigerator and freezer, check.  Sink, check.  Prep station, check.  Serving table, check. Brick oven complete with chiminey, check.  They arrived at my house a full hour before they were to start serving,

Me with the birthday boy taking the heat.

since it takes time for the oven to come up to temperature and for them to start preparing the dozens of varieties of pizza.  Giant tables were set up on my patio, and soon enough, they were covered from end to end with every kind of thin-crust pizza you can imagine.  They tossed traditional combinations like fresh tomato, mozzarella and basil, sausage and mushrooms, and white clam pie (well, that’s traditional for Connecticut, at least!).  They also surprised us with others like barbequed chicken, chicken ‘bruschetta’, bacon and carmelized onion, and even mashed potato pizza!  We kept eating and they kept bringing them out.  Finally, when people couldn’t fit in another slice, they boxed up the leftovers (I think I ended up with the equivalent of eight full pizzas in my fridge!).  Then, it was time for dessert.  The cappuccino machines started gurgling and frothing, and six types of gelato appeared.   What minutes before was a travelling pizza oven, had been now transformed into an Italian gelato shop.   With cake and some singing to boot, it was the perfect end to a milestone birthday celebration.  Too bad I’ve been holding steady at 29 for years…

Click here for more information about Tracy’s Connecticut cooking classes, or to read her The Secret Ingredient Blog.

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