NYC Food Truck Lunch: Bufala Pizza From Neapolitan Express
Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
You may have heard about the Neapolitan Express pizza truck. They were recently unveiled in a big press conference with Mayor Bloomberg, T. Boone Pickens, and the truck’s owner, Max Crespo. Neapolitan Express was touted as NYC’s first “green” truck, but that’s not entirely true.
Whether they were the first “green” food truck or not is academic. What’s important is they use compressed natural gas, which emits nearly 75% less carbon emissions than gas and diesel food trucks. That’s a wonderful thing.
But we know you’re here to talk about what really matters – the pizza!
Neapolitan Express has three different types of pizza on their menu, plus a chocolate pizza for dessert. Let’s get cooking!
Speaking of cooking, there are two brand spanking new pizza ovens on the truck. They are hot enough to cook each pizza in 75 seconds, which is an important factor to keep lines down during the lunch rush.
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Not only is the fuel system green, but the packaging is too, and it’s utilitarian.
The top of the pizza box is perforated cardboard, which is intended to be used as 4 plates if you eat outside.
Also, if you want to bring slices home for later, there are additional perforations where you can fold part of the box into a triangle for easy transport of 1 or 2 slices.
We’re not ones to usually have leftovers, but these days, if you can stretch one meal into two, that a good thing.
The pizza itself was very good.
The tomato sauce was not on the sweet side. It had more of that natural raw tomato taste, with possibly a smidgen of parmesan cheese tucked away in there.
There were some small grape tomato halves on top, in addition to a few leaves of basil.
The bufala mozzarella was thick and creamy and a little chewy. There was also some nice browning on the mozzarella from the high heat of the pizza oven.
In the pizza world, we prefer a thick crust to a thin crust, and this was a good crust. It was light and airy, with some parts more well done than others. Pizza is not supposed to be uniform. Some bites of crust were crisp, while others were more chewy.
We enjoyed the pizza at Neapolitan Express, and expect you will too.
Neapolitan Express has been out a few days here and there in previews, which is where we caught up with them. They are working out the kinks and spreading the word for their Grand Opening, which is actually today, March 15th.
Next time we’ll have to see about that chocolate pizza!