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Casey's Pizza Truck?

DavidT Oct 3, 2012 02:13 PM

Just wondering if anyone has tried Casey's Pizza truck. Looks like its parks at Spear & Mission (SF) a couple of days a week and also on Sansome near California.


  1. Melanie Wong Oct 3, 2012 02:24 PM

    I've had Casey's Pizza pre-truck when he was using a tricked out Weber grill on the sidewalk, about the same time as this report,

    Thin-crust pizza was close to NY style with a chewy, crispy crust and the simplicity of toppings of Neapolitan. I'd had a NY slice from Tony's in North Beach and also tried Una Pizza Napolitana in the same time frame, and Casey's was more satisfying to me.

    A few pix:

    Thin crust profile http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/5284192404/

    Nicely scorched upskirt www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/5284192400/

    Whole Margherita http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

    Let's hear from someone who's had one more recently from the truck.

    1 Reply
    1. re: Melanie Wong
      BAnders Oct 4, 2012 08:18 AM

      I have been getting a slice most Wednesdays for the past few weeks and had a slice with pepperoni yesterday (after 1 p.m. you can get one slice; before then the options are half a pie or a whole pie--half = two slices). The crust had a nice chewiness, while a couple of weeks back the crust on my slice was almost too crisp for my taste. It is a fairly salty pie, which I don't mind. For context, my favorite pizza right now is Emilia's, and this is a richer flavor in terms of sauce and cheese, with the crust thickness about the same. I definitely look forward to my Wednesday pizza fix--give it a shot, I'd say.

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      DavidT Oct 4, 2012 02:38 PM

      Well, I did get to Casey's today on Spear@ Mission and split a pepperoni pie with a friend. Pretty good, with a nice thin crust. The toppings were a little "understated," but I am of the "more is more" school were toppings are concerned.

      1. DeborahL May 24, 2013 06:05 PM

        Several of us from CHOW tried the truck today (on Fridays it parks south of Market, on Mission between New Montgomery and Second streets). We all really liked it. The pies came out remarkably fast--according to the website, their oven is so hot the pizzas cook in 4 minutes. And they don't make your pizza till you order it. (Though we were surmising that the dough might be par-cooked to help speed things along?)

        I got one of the rotating special pies (well, I got half a pie, which I split with a coworker, so I got a slice, which was what I wanted but it was only 1 o'clock, and they don't start selling individual slices till after 1:30), the Funghi: "portobellos, thyme, garlic, aged mozz, fior di latte, grana padano, sea salt, chili flakes, EVO" (description from their website). The thin crust was really nice--a bit too crispy/brittle along the edge for me, but it held up nicely with the toppings. The mushrooms were super flavorful and delicious. Others in our group got the Zoe Pepperoni and the Arugula pies, which are on the standard menu. Everybody seemed pretty happy--happy enough to talk about going back next Friday.


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        1. re: DeborahL
          Melanie Wong May 26, 2013 04:45 PM

          Par-cooked dough?!?!? Did it taste like that to you?

          If the oven runs at 700 to 800 degrees it only takes two or three minutes to baked a thin crust pizza.

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            DeborahL May 28, 2013 10:07 AM

            The dough/crust tasted fine, we were just throwing out ideas on how they cooked it so fast. Must just be as you say, high-enough heat in the oven.

            1. re: DeborahL
              Melanie Wong May 29, 2013 01:33 AM

              If you've been to one of the wood-burning pizza places around town that crank the heat up to 800-900 degrees, the pizzas cook in less than 90 seconds. Thanks for the clarification, as parcooking crust is a big no-no, and if your statement stood, would be kind of an insult to the pizza maker.

            2. re: Melanie Wong
              Robert Lauriston May 28, 2013 10:28 AM

              They say 700 degrees.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                Melanie Wong May 29, 2013 01:34 AM

                And how long of a cooking time does that translate into to you?

                1. re: Melanie Wong
                  Robert Lauriston May 29, 2013 08:44 AM

                  " With temps nearing 700F+, the made-to-order, thin crust pies bake in just under 4 minutes ..."


                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    Melanie Wong May 29, 2013 11:08 AM

                    Right, that's what Deborah said she read on the website. My question is, does that sound reasonable to you?

                    1. re: Melanie Wong
                      Robert Lauriston May 29, 2013 02:46 PM

                      Sounds like plenty of time to me if it's really that hot.

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