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Pizza gets a new set of wheels

Eurogourmet's wood-burning pizza oven trailer, just before the first pie went in. (Bonnie Benwick/The Washington Post)

I'd read about mobile wood-burning pizza ovens on the Web, but I got to see one humming yesterday at the Bethesda Central Farm Market (I know, I know. I'm writing about the place yet again. What can I say? It's the one closest to where I live, and my favorite these days -- with new things to see and try each week.)

The cool thing is: This wood-burning pizza oven's on a trailer and is available for rental. Wouldn't that be a great party feature?

Eurogourmet of Beltsville are the folks to contact; no rental price has been set yet. The company's president and chief officer, Francesco Marra, was on hand with his partners for the rollout. The trailer itself looks a bit like the porchetta trucks at outdoor markets in Italy, all gleeming and white. The oven is made by Cirigliano Forni. (This trailer even has a narrow counter with inlaid Italian glass tiles.) For now, they're calling it Wood-burning Pizza On the Go.

Bethesda's first mobile wood-fired pizza pie. (Bonnie Benwick/The Washington Post)

With logs already burning at 9:30 a.m., and the oven temperature at 700 degrees, it took less than 2 minutes to cook a 10-inch margherita pie, which tasted particularly good on a chilly morning. Market co-manager Mitch Berliner says plans are afoot to fire up custom-order breakfast pizzas and more starting next week, using produce, eggs and charcuterie from the market ($8 and up).

-- Bonnie Benwick

By The Food Section  |  October 19, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  To Market, To Market  | Tags: Bonnie Benwick, farmers markets, pizza  
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There's nothing like wood-fired pizza, but aren't there state (or federal?) laws about combustible materials and their proximity to a fireplace or wood-fired oven? I see cardboard pizza boxes piled up right against the oven, which might make a fire marshal forget how delicious the pizza is.

Posted by: Blackwater | October 19, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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