In San Francisco, the concept of pizza delivery has taken on a whole new meaning. Del Popolo pizzeria is not the first shipping container to join the Bay Area’s vibrant food truck scene – but it is certainly one of the most unconventional.
The mobile pizzeria is housed in a twenty-foot shipping container that has been re-purposed and modified into a kitchen – complete with a traditional Italian-made wood-fired oven that weighs more than 2,000 kilograms.
In old-world Italian fashion, Del Popolo creates rustic Neapolitan-inspired pizza, using fresh ingredients sourced from small, generational producers.
At a hefty combined weight of 12,700 kilograms, the truck gets around at a slow and steady pace.
More than just a food truck, Del Popolo is also a feat in design and engineering.
The modified steel cargo container shell is fixed to the bed of a bobtail truck, while a fully customised rig supports the heavy oven.
One side of the container has been stripped and replaced with a wall of glass doors that showcase the interior, which is fitted out with a ‘pizza tree’ where hot pizzas can be transferred straight from the oven to the service counter.
The wood-fired oven is the critical apparatus for making authentic Neapolitan pizza, and Del Popolo’s oven can make as many as 72 pizzas per hour.
It was handcrafted by Ferrara, a family owned company that has been in the business for more than a century.