People are doing wonderful things with shipping containers, but this is a whole different way to slice it: Del Popolo Pizza of San Francisco, a conversion of a 20' shipping container into a big honking mobile pizzeria, complete with wood fired brick oven.
This is not easy or cheap; One side of it is made from giant glass doors, and the floor has been cut away to allow the pizza man to step down. Brick pizza ovens are really heavy; made from solid firebricks on a stone base. (see one under construction here in Dorset, Ontario) He tells 7x7SF:
Complicated construction included demolition on the central shipping container to build the doors and a staircase, so Darsky can serve customers at eye level—a rare element for a food truck. “It’s an egalitarian way of serving,” he says. “Del Popolo means ‘of the people.’”
This much muscle comes at a cost—over $180,000 in all. The good news: Del Popolo is inimitable. “You’d have to be a fool to try and copy it,” says [owner Jon] Darsky. “This thing was f*cking expensive.”
It sits on a Freightliner chassis that needs a commercial licence to drive, necessary over 10,000 pounds of load. Darsky says "“Because of that oven, I have this super heavy truck, and I’m the only one who can drive it.”
The drop entrance pretty much wrecks the main benefit of a shipping container, that you can pick it up and put it on the ground or transport it easily; this one is pretty much connected to the truck now. Wood ovens also put out a lot of smoke; I wonder what it is like standing next to this thing. But I bet the pizza is great.