We’ve been wondering about the whereabouts of ex-Flour + Water pizzaiolo Jon Darsky ever since he left his post there back in 2010. His original plan was for a pizzeria and sandwich shop in the Mission, but that appears to have morphed into a pioneering mobile operation called Del Popolo ("of the people"), as Tablehopper reports. Darsky and a design team have adapted a shipping container into a wood-fired pizzeria, loaded onto a flat-bed truck, with an on-board, 5,000-pound Stefano Ferrara pizza oven from Naples, just like the ones Una Pizza Napoletana and Cupola have. But isn’t it going to get ridiculously hot in there?
Darsky says he can make 72 pizzas per hour out of that oven, and the operation is going to be equipped with an on-board dough-mixer too. (See the rendering at left.) The plan is to offer three types of pizza each day, but there’s still no word on where the Del Popolo truck will be parking — as we know from recent kerfuffles downtown, the issue of parking spaces could get dicey, especially with a business that’s likely to draw big crowds like this one. Also, there’s hardly a neighborhood that doesn’t have Neapolitan pizza these days, but we’re sure Hayes Valley would be happy to have them. (That Pizzeria Delfina offshoot at Proxy appears to be on the permanent back burner.)
Look for Del Popolo to launch around late February, if all goes well. Follow their nascent Twitter account for updates.