GRANGER TWP. — The D’Abramo family found a new way to take their pizza catering company on the road — serving up wood-fired pizzas from an old fire truck.
Bruno D’Abramo, of Granger Township, his sister, Rina, and their spouses were looking for a trailer-type food truck to take their pizza-making business mobile when Rina spotted an old pumper fire engine for sale.
D’Abramo gave his sister credit for the idea of turning the 1987 fire truck, purchased from the Northfield Fire Department, into a pizza shop on wheels.
“We were going to serve pizzas from a trailer, but everyone said this is such a good idea,” he said.
The truck was named Fausto and has been serving up wood fire pizzas for about a year now. The family installed the wood fire oven to the center of the truck.
The concept is works, D’Abramo said, because everyone loves pizza and fire trucks.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “People always have questions about the truck when we take it places.”
On Wednesday, the family served up slices at a last day of school celebration for Sharon Township fifth-graders.
Before they arrived, D’Abramo picked up his son, Colombo, from school in the truck to help the family serve flavored slushies along with the pizzas.
In addition to the pizzas, parties featuring the Fire Truck Pizza Company include satellite television, and children and adult firefighter costumes.
The truck’s original 750 gallon water tank was removed, but the deck gun on board was kept operational. The family said kids and adults enjoy using the water gun during parties.
D’Abramo said they make their dough from scratch and use seasoned wood in their pizza oven fire. The only fuel for the pizza comes from the lit wood in the pizza oven.
“It makes a big difference in the taste,” he said.
For more information about the Fire Truck Pizza Company, visit www.firetruckpizzacompany.com.
Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.