One of the newest mobile food vendors you will be seeing around town is Tommy’s Apizza.
The latest food truck had their first public event at Central Standard Brewing earlier this month and was also out at Open Streets ICT. The latter, I was able to find them and finally get my hands on their specialty pie, a New Haven-style pizza.
According to their Facebook page, the owner was born and raised on the shores of Long Island Sound where he spent his formative years near New Haven, Connecticut. It was there the owner grew a love of Sally’s or Pepe’s apizza (ah-beetz) on the iconic Wooster Street. After moving to Wichita, the owner began recreating the New Haven flavors at home. There he spent time perfecting the recipe, testing it with friends, and finally made the jump to start a business to share his love of New Haven apizza (ah-beetz) to Wichita.
Those unfamiliar with New Haven-style pizza, it’s a thin-crust, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza common in and around New Haven, Connecticut.
When I dropped by Tommy’s Apizza at Open Streets, they had two styles of pizza available. There was one made on a sourdough bread and their specialty New Have-style. I ordered the sourdough bread option and they gave me a couple of slices of the latter to try.
For either option, people were able to order by the slice or a whole pie, as seen below.
All the pizzas were made on the spot, fresh, and ready in minutes.
The pictures certainly don’t do the pizza’s justice because they were excellent. The sourdough was a hefty pizza, very bready, and heavy. It was like a pan pizza, and for personal preference, I’m always going to choose a thin-crust pizza, which I why I loved the New Haven-style. It was a simple slice, with the proper amount of cheese, plenty of pepperoni on each slice, and tomato sauce that gave it a sweet blast of flavors that complimented the entire meal.
Food trucks offering pizza are very limited, so it’s cool to see Tommy’s Apizza in the fold now. And not just any pizza, but a style that’s relatively limited and unknown about in Wichita.
The guys running the truck were extremely cool and more than happy to talk about their story and, of course, their food.
I’m told, you can likely find them out more in the near future, such as Central Standard Brewing. To find out, be sure to follow them on Facebook.
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