off the eating path
Unless you’re from Detroit, pizza is usually round. Unless you have a hovercraft or are a crazy physics genius, the wheels are usually round.
Put those two things together and you put pizza on wheels and it can either be disastrous or very tasty.Lucky for us here in Tucson for the past seven years, we’ve had some great pizza-centric food trucks. ciao down The latter clearly proved to be the case.
But with the soft opening of its first brick-and-mortar store on Tuesday, November 1, there was little Ciao Down — Gasping! Horror!
Rest assured that we collectively know how this will work in the end. Winning in Southern Arizona, we were lucky enough to be presented with some of the finest and tastiest pizzas in any municipality. Paul Reyes.
pizza solves everything
Reyes, like most culinary greats, had no intention of cooking or making a delicious savory pie. This guy was busy designing microchips. He assured me, of course, that the money was great. But he spent most of his days stuck in front of his computer, without his hands clicking the mouse and tapping keys to spin dough or topping sauces with great ingredients.
When the idea of escape penetrated, he took the route with Quiznos It is dramatic enough that Fox restaurant concept Before going to fine dining in Phoenix ritz carlton.
During this big career move, a friend of his had bought a food truck and was fixing it up. “Food trucks,” Reyes thought (hypothetically) when his friends approached him and asked if he’d be interested in being part of a new powered meal wagon. “You mean cockroach coaches? No problem.”
As luck would have it for those who wanted it, Reyes went to work at the Ritz one day — tired and fed up with the insane hours and hard labor — and literally went home . he’s done He suddenly had no job, no income, an empty shell of himself… “Wait a minute,” Reyes thought. “There’s that food truck.”
Illuminated anchovies hovered above his head.
“That’s my next move.”
The truck in question was designed to bake and serve pizza. It was a pizza truck. Reyes liked pizza, but at the time he liked chain ‘pizza’. Well, if Caesar was a daddy, he’d be pretty noid.
Reyes is a resourceful chef who set out to discover the possibilities of what real pizza is, what it is, and, most intrepidly, what it should be.
Like culinary champions of the past, he slowly climbed the metaphorical stone-rolling hills of sauces and cheeses, culminating in pizza products to appease the masses.
All he needed now was a name
This coincidence was a rumor that turned into legend and almost myth. I excused myself and said, “It’s time to eat.” Thank you to all the hungry attendees of the Food and Wine Festival. Because without you guys, he wouldn’t have one of the best names in food trucks, here or anywhere.
Ciao down. get it? Pizza originated (historically) in Italy. Chao In Italian… oh never mind.
Anyway, October 2015 saw the launch of Ciao Down, the newest pizza truck to grace the streets, curbs, parks, parkways, fairways and fairways of Southern Arizona. The promise of this bright-red pizza was a virtually instant success, and Reyes quickly recognized it and made the right decision to leave the resort chef’s life, especially the microchip invention, and make pizza.
This is where the Tucson Hop Shop comes in.
Around 2017, the nearly three-year-old beer-consuming spot in Arizona and around the world reached out to Reyes and asked if they’d like to become a regular food truck on busy nights. Again, this is a relationship that took place under the stars and has been in a relationship for over five years. metal arts village Know that there is a lot of fun going on.
The point here is that Metal Art Village is no longer “Metal Art Village”. At the time, the previous owner wanted metal workers and artists to occupy a corner of the cul-de-sac, allowing the Hop Shop because their previous cafe was just sitting there waiting. Times have changed, especially since 2020, and its owners have since moved on. When the new owners took over, they were open to accepting a variety of diverse businesses as part of the family.
One such business was close to boarding but could not commit. That’s when the next illuminated pizza topping flew over Reyes’ head.
This story is proof that dreams really do come true. Reyes and his pizza are now part of the Metal Arts Village Familiar Located just a few steps from the main entrance of the Hop Shop. With all the paperwork signed and the keys secured, Reyes knew he needed to set up a proper oven in his new “cooking studio” to bake more than just a proper pizza properly. A search led him to one that uses propane and was custom built in Italy.
Unfortunately, the new space was not equipped with a gas pizza oven custom-built in Italy.
Reyes had to dig trenches all the way to the street to get the gas power he needed. It wasn’t an easy task for him, but that’s fine because the oven took time to assemble and deliver. It was worth the wait. This oven is a beautiful, wide copper kiln that processes Chao his down favorites such as The Snakebite, Extreme Supreme, and new vegan his pies inspired by Tucson Foodie’s vegan correspondent. Hannah HernandezHere’s a sneak peek: the marinated jackfruit and arugula combo.
Alongside pizza, Reyes adds sandwiches and charcuterie boards – get your eyes and taste buds open and ready for those new additions. increase. Come spring, sprigs of bright and flavorful basil, parsley, and arugula add to the already mouth-watering pie.
Ciao Down’s soft opening is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1st.
there was recently soft Soft opening, I was very lucky to attend. Rumor has it that the beloved pizza truck went from one of the best beer pubs in the country to brick and mortar across the courtyard. spread, they came, queued, ordered, and ate. Reyes made a note of what went right and how he fixed the mistake, and the day after Halloween he put it into action.
The Ciao Daun Pizza Truck can still be used for events, parties, catering, etc., but if you need routine repairs, you’ll need to go about half a block north of the corner of Fort Lowell and Dodge Boulevards.
full circle. That was the point from the beginning of this article. New oven slow-moving discs, truck wheels, pepperoni shapes. Pizza is life, so this isn’t just a circular account of life, it’s about Reyes’ success from his life and his love of pizza.
Ciao Down is located at 3230 N. Dodge Blvd. For more information, visit ciaodownpizza.com and follow Ciao Down on Facebook and Instagram.