Last March, Vincent DeMarzo’s restaurant, Juiced Up, began a slow, pandemic-related decline. Located inside of a gym, the café felt the immediate effects of shutdown, and, despite a modest takeout business, it became clear that Juiced Up was not going to weather the storm unscathed.
DeMarzo, though, soldiered on. Acting on his long-time dream of opening a pizza truck, he found a trailer, a wood-fired oven, and the will to continue. Producing the perfect dough was a matter of practice. Eventually, he landed on a 48-hour fermented version that suits the truck well. In August, the food truck, called Vincent’s New York Wood-Fired Pizza, opened in August, along Route 347 in East Setauket.
The location has since shifted. In November, the truck relocated to the parking lot of a gym on Mark Tree Road, where he juice bar once lived. The truck offers 10 specialty pies, all of which are named after areas in New York. There is also an option to customize your own pies, with seven toppings (or a traditional margherita pie also available). The truck serves Caesar salads and pasta e fagiole soup, too.
What can you expect from a pie? The Brooklyn features crumbled sausage, sautéed broccoli rabe, roasted garlic, hot cherry peppers, rolled fresh mozzarella, and Vincent’s special red sauce. Head to The Bronx with a pie full of creamy ricotta, garlic-infused olive oil, Pecorino Romano, and mozzarella. Staten Island represents with its spinach, toasted garlic, ricotta, and mozzarella pie. The Nassau features chunky chicken bites, homemade barbecue sauce, melted cheddar Jack, and pickled red onions.
East Enders can feast on their East End pie: thin-sliced baby eggplant, red sauce, and mozzarella. All of Suffolk County can unite behind the Suffolk, which is made with creamy bleu cheese, chunky Buffalo bites, and mozzarella. But the piece de resistance is probably the L.I.B.E.C., a cheeky reference to Long Island’s favorite sandwich. This pizza mimics the iconic bacon, egg, and cheese, and even comes on an everything bagel-spiced crust.
Build-your-own options include toppings like cold cheese, pepperoni, meatballs, sausage, peppers, mushrooms, and onions. The truck can even be hired for small, custom events (something to look forward to as the weather gets warmer and as more and more New Yorkers get vaccinated). Once the social scenes are swinging again, you can celebrate big with a pizza truck of your very own. For now, share the riches with the rest of East Setauket.