Daily Slice: Fox Pizza Bus, Los Angeles

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[Photographs: Kelly Bone]

The double decker Fox Pizza Bus has roamed Los Angeles since 2010. The converted bus is outfitted with a Forno Bravo wood burning oven and staffed by Chef Mike Fox and event planner Jordan Hieshetter. With their eye on the catering business, it has taken me a while to finally track down the big red monster.

At a recent gallery event, the bold bus appeared. It's even bigger than I expected and I totally forgot to take pictures of it. Fortunately the gallery, Taylor De Cordoba, posted these gorgeous shots of the event.

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Closely tied into the farmer's market, Fox Pizza Bus' short menu highlights local ingredients. The Ricotta, Roasted Onion, Pistachio, Arugula and Orange Vinaigrette ($11) immediately caught my attention. The pie looks lovely, a thin but substantial crust cradling delicate toppings. Unfortunately, the char spotted crust proves rather benign. It has a good medium hole structure, but with little flavor beyond white flour and salt.

What really works are the toppings. A rich base of mozzarella and ricotta, laced with sweet roasted onions and baby arugula, make a great white pie. But when littered with smoky pistachios, juicy slivers of orange, and finished with citrus vinaigrette, it's transformed into a subtle play of delicate contrasts that almost made me forget the crust... almost.

Fox Pizza Bus

323-334-0309; foxpizzabus.com