But I've found THE pizza. THE one.
Daniel and Katie Jimenez have been cooking up perfect wood fired pies from The Old Oak Oven, a little camper food cart on Jersey Street in Silverton, Oregon since 2012. It's in a tiny vintage camper; I was shocked to see the domed wood fired oven right there inside!
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They are lovers of quality ingredients, slaves to painstaking assembly, and champions of the superior quality of local and organic ingredients. All this love shines through in the product: wood fired whole pies and slices that are amazingly beautiful and tasty, with each element of the whole standing its own.
|Pie photo by Amy Young-Leith|
Our favorite is the Margherita, a simple flavor blast of tomato with basil sprinkled over the top. The pepperoni pie is very flavorful, without being the least big greasy. Once I was able to try the Sicilian, and it was delish as well.
Over our many visits, the amazing quality has been 100% consistent.
Being pizza fanatics, especially fond of wood fired goodness, it's surprising it took us this long to get out there to check them out. Now that we have... I drive from work in downtown Salem out to Silverton once a week to pick up a whole pie for dinner.
|Close up goodness by Amy Young-Leith|
Place our order early as they routinely sell out of dough in the evenings, or may back up with orders. If your pizza will travel a bit before you arrive home, mention this and they will leave the pie whole and provide simple instructions for finishing it off in the oven when you get home. While the pizza is best eaten hot right out of their wood fired oven, this carry-out method works very well, also.
Weekly posts on their Facebook page detail current menu options. As of this writing, their hours are Wed - Fri 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (isn), and Saturdays from Noon to 4 p.m. or until they run out of dough.