From Portland to New York, the food truck movement rages on in cities across the US, and San Francisco is no exception. Home to a an eclectic range of mobile food entrepreneurs and the Off the Grid "roaming mobile food extravaganza", Del Popolo's is another tasty addition to the San Francisco street food collective.
As a former pie slinger and perpetual nomad, I couldn't love this concept more. Utilizing a recycled shipping container, Jon Darsky worked with four designers to create a Naples inspired, roaming pizzeria. Replacing the fourth wall with glass doors, customers get a full view of the kitchen and the wood-fired oven. Sourcing all his ingredients from small, generational producers, Darsky is meshing old-world flavors with contemporary food trends.
Using recycled materials is generally a positive approach, and I applaud Darsky's transparent design that allows customers to see the magic behind the food. My only question is how much fuel does it take to tote that 5,000 lb oven around the streets of SF compared to a smaller truck?
Either way, it's an inspiring concept and I'm looking forward to indulging in a Del Popolo pie. To track down this nomadic pizzeria, just follow Del Popolo on twitter.
Off the Grid Image: Karen MacKay