“Nothing ever is just simple, is it?” said Carrie, co-owner of Hop Town Wood Fired Pizza when I asked her about how she got her start making pizza.
Her and her business partner Lori are a couple of entrepreneurial dreamers, and I think it’s safe to say we can all be thankful that the pair landed on pizzas instead of selling tumbleweeds.
As the duo set out to start a business, they did their homework before settling on joining the mobile food truck movement, but not before the two contemplated a host of other ideas from a bed and breakfast, to yes, even selling tumbleweeds. Instead, the pair bought a wood fire oven and a little blue truck and set off perfecting their recipe.
“We decided to start with a mobile cart before we opened a restaurant, to test the waters,” said Carrie.
Using the valley as inspiration, the two use apple wood from local orchards to heat their mobile oven to a scorching 750-800 degrees which allows them to cook their pizza in minutes. They also plan on offering a Loco Local special pizza which will incorporate local seasonal produce. (Look out for an asparagus pizza coming soon.)
“Lori was born and raised here in Moxee,” said Carrie. “We wanted to incorporate the farming mentality into our business – a nod to the hard-working folks that created this valley. Cascade Hops, which were grown by her dad at Roy Farms, are sprinkled on every pizza.”
The women use a 3-day crust recipe that was perfected and passed down to them by the chef that owned the truck previously. Hand tossed, the pizzas are 9-10” in size and include favorites like HopDaddyDo that is covered with Italian sausage, pepperoni, crumbled bacon, pecorina and fresh mozzarella or the Porky Pine which has pesto, prosciutto and pecorino with pine nuts.
They plan on renovating the north side of Hop Nation Brewing Company (which opened earlier this month) into a permanent restaurant sometime in the near future. Until then, they are set up in the parking lot next to Hop Nation Brewing Company at 31st N. 1st Ave in the old track 29 parking lot. They keep hours from Wednesday through Saturday, 4-8 PM and plan on being at several events over the course of the spring and summer.