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.
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.