It was a blazing hot day, one of those sticky humid July summer days where the air feels thick, when I was in search of a truck that was not where it said it would be. Having made the trek over to Drexel University already, I took a peek at the trucks that were there and decided Pitruco Pizza would be lunch. I was intrigued by the glow of the wood-fired oven inside the truck, as well as the interesting combinations displayed on their menu.
On my first visit, I decided to try the Sausage Pizza, which had a white bechamel sauce, sweet Italian sausage, caramelized onion, roasted mushrooms, and pecorino cheese. The pizza came out quickly and looked and tasted delicious! For a $10 personal size pizza, I was not able to finish it all, and took about half of it home for dinner. It was crispy, the crust was delicious, and there were just enough toppings on it. Many places overload their pizza with toppings, which causes the crust to be undercooked, but I did not find that to be the case with Pitruco. Good crust is essential in my book for a great pizza, and Pitruco did not disappoint.
On my next visit, I found Pitruco at The Porch at 30th Street Station, where they have one or two trucks parked every day during the lunch hours. This time, I was a little torn between a special they had that had summer squash on it, or the Radicchio pizza on the regular menu. I finally decided on the radicchio pizza, to try something a little different. Radicchio is a red leaf cruciferous veggie, with a bit of a bitter and peppery flavor. Other toppings on this pizza were mushrooms, mozzarella, Gran Padano cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette drizzle.
I found this pizza to be a little less successful than the Sausage pizza, but that’s really just nitpicking because it was still very tasty. A little less cooked on the crust, although still delicious. The cheeses were both tasty and I enjoyed the braised radicchio.
I did enjoy both pizzas I tried and would return to try some of their other menu items. You can’t usually go wrong with a classic Margherita pizza, and the Soppressata pizza with its pancetta and soppressata meats on it sounds delicious as well.
For those who enjoy spicy flavors, the Spicy Garlic is a simple pie with just roasted garlic, hot chili pepper flakes, tomato sauce, and cheese. The truck has a good amount of vegetarian options and a ton of bottled and canned drinks to choose from.
For those on the UPenn campus, Pitruco just recently opened a permanent location inside the new Franklin Food Hall!
Location: Various locations around the area. Check their website calendar for the full schedule of where they will be!
Pay: Credit or Cash
Delivery: They cater events
Cuisine: Wood-fired pizza
What I tried: Radicchio pizza and Sausage pizza