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A Vintage Neapolitan Pizza Truck Is Ready to Roll Through the East Bay

Plus French-Mediterranean fare, soul food, and more intel

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George Maracineanu

Blistered pies hit the road

Berkeley’s leading Brooklyn-style Neapolitan pizza restaurant Lucia’s has been hard at work on its first mobile pizza oven. Designed by owners Alessandro Uccelli and Steve Dumain, the vintage truck (a three-wheeled 1981 Ape Piaggio, to be exact) was reconstructed and built in Italy, then remodeled to host a custom brick wood-fired oven that reaches 900 degrees. The new Lucia’s pizza truck will sling 10-inch pies at the Grand Lake Farmers Market in Oakland every Saturday, and will likely regularly make its way to Fieldwork Brewing in Berkeley. It’s also available for private events.

Rotisserie meats to San Jose

Chef Roland Passot’s Left Bank restaurant group (Left Bank Brasserie, LB Steak, Camper) is adding another restaurant to its ranks: Meso Modern Mediterranean, which will offer a French spin on Mediterranean cuisine, emphasizing fish and rotisserie meats. It’s currently under construction at 700 Santana Row in San Jose, aiming for a late 2019 debut.

South Bay soul food

San Jose just got a new spot for barbecue, fried chicken, and oxtails with Jackie’s Place, which is now open at 655 N 6th Street. The downtown restaurant is the first brick-and-mortar for the family’s catering company, Jackie Caters.

Fire relief

Chico-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has set up a relief fund for what’s now the deadliest wildfire in California history, seeded with an initial $100,000. Once the Camp Fire is out, Sierra Nevada will distribute all of the money to organizations working to rebuild and support affected communities. Donate here.

Lucia's Berkeley

2016 Shattuck Avenue, , CA 94704 (510) 225-9467 Visit Website

Jackie's Place

655 N 6th St, San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 490-4653 Visit Website