Is Hoboken getting hip before my very eyes? Not long ago, it got its own artisinal pizzeria, Dozzino. Then, it opened up a pretty bad ass biergarten. More boutique shops are opening. Even the residents it seems like are sporting more pompadours and thick framed glasses than Eli Manning jerseys. And now, we have an awesome food truck strip giving way to a beautiful outdoor bar scene at Pier 13, one of Hoboken's greatest developments in recent memory.
One of the food trucks is from Piza Vita, an actual pizzeria in Summit New Jersey with, apparently, it's own mobile brick oven. And, make no mistake, this is a full functioning, hot as hell, brick oven that breathes fire out the side of a truck. A tatted up pizzaiolo named Ernesto expertly slings dough and peels blistering pies from the oven's scorching mouth with a skillful swag. This is a serious, Neapolitan-like operation. The last Italian that I can remember with this cool of a truck was Lincoln Hawk. I order a margherita at the slightly-below market price of $10.00.
Upon tasting the pie, my lofty suspicions are pretty much confirmed: this is very good. Does the setting help? It sure doesn't hurt, but this pizza is wonderful on its own. The pie has a perfectly crisp, yet soft, salted and cooked dough. The tomato is tangy, rich, but not overpowering; the cheese is creamy and perfectly melted, and the basil leaves gently grace certain bites with a cool, minty tingle. Consistency is just about perfect: charred, yet floppy, sturdy but soft. Bravo.
But back to that setting. Where else can you enjoy beautiful an expertly cooked Neapolitan pie with a view like this?
Soon, I'll have to head to Summit to try Pizza Vita itself but, for now, this will more than do. Bravo.