Time 22 months
To protect his Stefano Ferrara pizza oven from stress fractures caused by road vibrations or potholes, Darsky installed a self-leveling suspension system. (It’s similar to the “air suspension” rides offered by moving companies to protect fragile items in transit.) He opens the valves on the tire-like cushions to deflate them, bringing the truck closer to street level.
“The idea is to do as much as possible on the truck—to be completely self-contained,” Darsky says. “I don’t want to drive around and have a support van.” The container holds a kitchen with a large fork mixer, a refrigerator with a capacity for at least 200 dough balls, a water pump, a water heater and a three-bay sink (as required by the city health department). The oven walls insulate the chef from the heat of the fire, but Darsky made a hole in the roof for an A/C unit to keep himself extra cool.
Inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s glass and steel architecture, Darsky designed the truck to be as minimalist and transparent as possible. The see-through walls ensure that he doesn’t have to work inside a claustrophobic cave of a kitchen, and the three 500-pound doors—each outfitted with tempered, laminated half-inch glass in aluminum frames—fold open to create a space for stand-up dining. The frames are set in compensation channels that leave room for the windows to move in case the truck experiences serious turbulence. Even in the event of an earthquake, Darsky says, the window glass won’t fall out.
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