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Wood Fire Woodie Pizza San Mateo


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Wood Fire Woodie Pizza San Mateo

Mark P | | Apr 18, 2009 06:12 PM

For the last few weeks, the San Mateo Farmers Market has had a trailer baking fresh pizza. Most of the trailer--like the kind you hitch to a car--is devoted to the wood-fired brick oven. Today, I gave the pizza a shot.

I definitely enjoyed my slices. Their pizzas are very thin and light and when the slices come out of the oven the bottoms are blackened in places and the cheese on top is bubbling. It's definitely more Italian than New York style. The crust is not like a cracker; while you can fold and crack the outside crust, the inside won't crack. While the inner dough is soft, it still has the structural integrity so it doesn't bend more than 20 degrees under its own weight. The toppings were spare, as seemed appropriate to match the very thin crust.

It's worth a try. Definitely better than any other thin pizza I can remember having in the mid-peninsula.

Of the four types of slices they had today, I selected the classic (no toppings besides tomato sauce and cheese) and the mushroom-and-onion. They also had one that sounded vaguely Hawaiian, containing bacon and pineapples among other things, and one that contained sausage, which the chef kept talking up. If I recall correctly, I think one previous week they had a pizza with duck on it.

They also sell bread sticks as well as unbaked pizza.

At $4, the slices are bit expensive, especially because they're not cut as large as New York-style slices. And because they're so thin, they're not that filling. For instance, I ate other stuff in addition to two slices for lunch.

I'm told in the past Wood Fire Woodie has mostly done catering out of their pizza-oven trailer. Now, however, they're planning to open a cafe in the building that used to house the Hillsdale Caltrain ticket office (in San Mateo). (Now that one must buy tickets from vending machines, restaurants are gradually taking over these newly abandoned buildings.) They plan to open sometime around late May. In addition to pizzas, they'll serve some other stuff too, like paninis.

Wood Fire Woodie
at the San Mateo Farmers Market
soon to be at the Hillsdale Caltrain building in San Mateo

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