Written by Josh Byers
Photography by Beau Gustafson
Pizza is one of my all-time favorite foods to eat, partly because I’m so cheesy. And I’m not ashamed to admit I often find myself trying to speak in an Italian accent when eating it, much to my wife’s chagrin. Basically, you have a blank canvas crust base that builds from there using whatever toppings imaginable. With so many pizza joints to choose from though, it’s hard to find ones that stand out. But Old Town Pizza truck definitely breaks the mold.
A trip to Italy inspired owner T.J. Hagan to bring traditional pizza making knowledge home. Today the truck is based out of Cahaba Heights. Hitching a mammoth wood-fired brick oven to a pickup was a fairly new concept to the food truck industry when he started, but that oven makes all the difference. The rustic pies Pizzaiolo Pelham Morris preps to cook in it only take 2 to 3 minutes to cook. And let me tell you, they’re definitely something to write home to Mama about!
All of their ingredients are super fresh, and they source the finest veggies and meats from local businesses and farmers. I was lucky to get to sample quite a few slices of this “zza” while shooting my latest video episode. The buffalo chicken-style Big Buff was one of my favs, and it’s a popular pick among their customers as well. You can taste the care they put into each delectable creation. From hard core carnivores to vegetarians they’ve got you covered with pies like The Whole Hog and The Garden. So if you want to savor a little flavor of Italy, don’t worry about getting a passport—just find the Old Town Pizza truck.
To learn more, visit otptruck.com.