Rolling Stone Mobile Pizza at the Albany Farmer's Market
In my book, pizza is a major food group all unto itself. Complex and complete, it either delivers peak-experience gustatory pleasure, or devastating disappointment. This spring's pursuit has been for the best wood fired pizza available. Salem proper is lacking in options, but the hills and valleys surrounding us are spotted with the comforting scent of a wood fire and the dry warmth radiating from the bricks beneath it that will cook a pizza in short order, delivering a light char that makes tomato sauce pop and cheese bubble.
Today, a new winner came to the list, and is far out ahead! We toured area farmer's markets (Salem, Independence, Albany then Corvallis), taking in the rich colors of the valley amidst dappled sunlight and the occasional raindrop. In Albany, I squealed with delight as I saw a mobile wood fired oven, having read of the phenomenon online. Running up to the table, a few happy smiling faces of pizza makers greeted me, along with a clear menu board that listed toping options and whether they were (L)ocal, (N)atural or (O)rganic. They serve a breakfast pizza with egg, sausage and cheese but I wanted to try my favorite: pepperoni. Scot, who was more interested in breakfast fare at first, perked up a bit when he saw the yumminess emerging from the oven.
(That's the universe kicking me in the ass so that I'll stop TALKING about making a tiny one in my back yard and JUST DO IT.)
Out came our pie, perfectly sized for one (or for two to share as they eat their way through the Willamette Valley, as we were). The ingredients are PRIMO. The cheese is creamy and plentiful, the sauce is a light, chunky tomato marinara with fresh bits of herbs. The pepperoni was tasty without being greasy, and it all mingled together atop a medium thickness crust that was the perfect mix of soft inside and crisp outside, with a light char in parts. Just enough on the edge to give you a good taste of the flavorful dough, and to hold on to it. Totally edible without utensils.
We both christened it, after we consumed it, The Best We've Ever Had. And I'm a total pizza slut... I've had pizza from MANY different places. And I'm not afraid to admit that in a pinch, I won't be picky. But... experiencing this level of pizza perfection just might make it impossible to settle for less.
They are mobile, so check out their web site to see where they are and when! http://www.rollingstonepizzaco.com/