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For the last few weeks, the San Mateo Farmers Market has had a trailer baking fresh pizza. Most of the trailer--like the kind you hitch to a car--is devoted to the wood-fired brick oven. Today, I gave the pizza a shot.

I definitely enjoyed my slices. Their pizzas are very thin and light and when the slices come out of the oven the bottoms are blackened in places and the cheese on top is bubbling. It's definitely more Italian than New York style. The crust is not like a cracker; while you can fold and crack the outside crust, the inside won't crack. While the inner dough is soft, it still has the structural integrity so it doesn't bend more than 20 degrees under its own weight. The toppings were spare, as seemed appropriate to match the very thin crust.

It's worth a try. Definitely better than any other thin pizza I can remember having in the mid-peninsula.

Of the four types of slices they had today, I selected the classic (no toppings besides tomato sauce and cheese) and the mushroom-and-onion. They also had one that sounded vaguely Hawaiian, containing bacon and pineapples among other things, and one that contained sausage, which the chef kept talking up. If I recall correctly, I think one previous week they had a pizza with duck on it.

They also sell bread sticks as well as unbaked pizza.

At $4, the slices are bit expensive, especially because they're not cut as large as New York-style slices. And because they're so thin, they're not that filling. For instance, I ate other stuff in addition to two slices for lunch.

I'm told in the past Wood Fire Woodie has mostly done catering out of their pizza-oven trailer. Now, however, they're planning to open a cafe in the building that used to house the Hillsdale Caltrain ticket office (in San Mateo). (Now that one must buy tickets from vending machines, restaurants are gradually taking over these newly abandoned buildings.) They plan to open sometime around late May. In addition to pizzas, they'll serve some other stuff too, like paninis.

Wood Fire Woodie
at the San Mateo Farmers Market
soon to be at the Hillsdale Caltrain building in San Mateo
http://www.woodfirewoodie.com/

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  1. Mark, that sounds so good, thanks for posting. I'm glad I opened the website to see the real surfer's woodie trailer too. Please let us know it opens at Hillsdale.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      It is open now. Some decent thin crust pizza.

      Pics attached.
      Review
      http://www.foodnut.com/365/wood-fire-...

       
       
      1. re: Foodnut8

        Thanks for the word, I heard the owner interviewed on KGO on opening day. Some times readers don't take the time to open url's. Maybe you could post a summary of your review here or just do a cut and paste.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Wood Fire Woodie is a cafe and pizza to go place in San Mateo’s Hillsdale Caltrain Station. It was started by a surfer chef and his friend. The serve coffee drinks, baked goods, salads, and sandwiches. 6 types of pizza are available, several vegetarian versions. Pizza is served Wednesday through Friday evenings. They also appear at San Mateo’s Farmers Market on Saturdays. The unique element is their retro mobile pizza oven trailer that looks like an old surfer vehicle. They use fresh, local, and organic ingredients.

          Decor, Vibe - This Caltrain station is small, so it is more of a literal hole in the wall where you order and the Woodie oven outside. You pay inside and go outside where they heat up a slice. You can grab a soda and eat on the benches outside the station.

          Picks:
          The Duke Pizza ($4 slice) - Buffalo Mozzarella, Organic Basil, Fresh tomato sauce was a pretty healthy sized slice that was sizzling. We had to pat off some grease. The crust was thin (Not wafer thin), crunchy, and very good. The cheese was decent but not outstanding. They definitely make pizza far better than post places. Didn’t really taste the basil.

          Hang Ten Pizza ($4.50 slice) - Fresh local sausage, stockton red onion, fresh tomato sauce, three cheese blend made this pizza a little more substantial. The sausage had a pungent flavor and was of good quantity. Also very hot, having been quickly warmed up in the Woodie. A solid version of pizza in an offbeat location.

          Wood Fire Woodie was pretty quiet, so they served us very fast. The pizza was very good and a pretty massive slice. This is a good place to go if you are in the area and seek some good thin crust pizza. Probably not worth a long drive though. Wood Fire Woodie is more of a to go place, so there are not many places to sit. They also have cook at home take n bake pizzas.

          GQ has an article outlining their top 25 pizza picks in the US.

          1. re: Foodnut8

            Thanks for sharing! Here's a link.

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            Wood Fire Woodie
            3333 S El, Camino Real San Mateo, CA

            1. re: Foodnut8

              Whats up with the weird hours. i think I recall seeing 8AM-11AM, then reopening at 4PM-8PM. I tried to stop by for lunch, but NAWOP.

              1. re: Adamsimpson

                Hey, the dude's gotta surf sometime!

                (Actually, I have no idea if that's the case...)

                1. re: Adamsimpson

                  Adamsimpson: "NAWOP"? Tried to search this, but only your post came up.

                  1. re: Steve Green

                    an overly enthusiastic "nope" or "no"

                2. re: Foodnut8

                  For thin crust - how does it compare to Speederia a bit to the south?

                  1. re: bbulkow

                    Just got a whole Hang Ten to go. $18.00 gets you about 8-10 big slices, depending on how you have it sliced. Very fresh ingredients, and a nice thin crust, if you like it that way. Pat and Mariah are the husband and wife owners, who really go out of their way to make it a very friendly experience. As for comparing the pie to nearby Speederia in San Carlos, it's like comparing apples and oranges. If you are in the area and have a hankering for some pie, I would stop by!

                    bbqman

                    1. re: bbqman

                      How does that go? Q: Do you want it sliced into 1/8s or 1/10s?A: Make it 10, I'm hungry.

              2. re: Foodnut8

                The Hillsdale Station outpost seems to have disappeared... the signs on the roof and door removed, and the place is closed. Does anyone know what happened (business, permits, delay, etc.?)

            2. Caught up with these folks at the SM Farmers Mkt on Satruday. Mariah and Pat are really nice people who weem excited about pizza and coffee. An excellent pizza had just come out of the oven. It was the Margherita. Good sized slice. Definitely worth trying

              1. I too finally had a chance to try a slice at the CSM Saturday Market - loved, loved, loved it. I don't eat pizza very often (too calorie dense) but this was perfect. Extremely thin, not over cheesed, fresh tasting tomato, just perfect to me.

                The bad news: Mariah told me that they are only doing the mobile thing at Farmers Market and catering -she told me that a friend is taking over the train station.

                If anyone is interested, they will bring the mobile oven to you: A party of 50 or less starts at $1000.

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                1. re: RWCFoodie

                  I am sorry to hear this news. I get to the SM Farmer's Mkt pretty early to beat the crowd and they have not had the oven near ready to bake a pie.

                  1. re: dhoffman1421

                    I know what you mean: normally I like to hit the market early but this last Sat. I purposely went a little later so the oven would be ready! The market was total chaos - I think part of it is that the Weds. market is on hiatus due to the construction work or something. The crowds were unreal at around 11:00... The pizza was worth it!

                2. Talked DH into going along with me to the CSM Farmers Market yesterday specifically for the pizza. Keep in mind that DH does not really like to go to Farmers Markets. We both had our taste primed for the pizza... Horror upon Horror, no Wood Fire Woodie. When we got home I gave them a call, got voice mail, left a message and haven't heard back. Please tell me they haven't gone belly up.... :-(

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                  1. re: RWCFoodie

                    I just spoke with Patrick - they are in Hawaii but will be back for this Saturday's market.

                    We talked about what a hassle things are now at the CSM Farmer's Market with the construction project forcing the Saturday market to move to the other side of the road and the Wednesday market on hiatus.

                    Traffic and parking are insane and it has adversely affected his business. That's what I was worried about: they can do far better booking a private party vs. working the Farmer's Market.

                    I won't be able to be there this Saturday morning but I want to encourage you all to support Patrick & Mariah - their pizza is great and they are a wonderful addition to the CSM Farmer's Market scene... what could be better than buying your nice fresh, local fruits and veggies and then having a terrific piece of thin-crust, wood fired pizza!!!

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                    College of San Mateo
                    1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA