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Pizza find: Moto Bene food truck

photoDoesn’t this look snarf-worthy? It’s a slice of wood-fired pizza, one minute from the oven. Set on a background of bright, ripe tomato sauce are rounds of Star Provisions salami, fat batons of  shiitake mushroom and some torn basil. I particularly love the mushrooms, sourced from a local organic farm, which are dry roasted, resulting in a juicy, springy, rather calamari-like texture.

Moto Bene sets up its brick-lined oven on wheels Saturdays at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Pizzaiolo Dan Latham used to run the well respected L&M Salumeria in Oxford, Mississippi. I hear he is looking for a bricks-and-mortar space in which to make his fine pies. You can read more about it on the Web site (linked above) or on this Facebook note written by Green Olive Media.

Several market goers stopped by to order custom whole pizzas. I opted for this quarter-pie slice ($3). The crust was soft, pliant and perfect for folding, yet retained a bit of crackle. My only complaint was over a slight excess of flour on the bottom that I needed to dust off. Otherwise, this is another reason to make it to market.

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Reds

May 10th, 2010
10:32 am

Sold!!! I went to check out the P’tree market link, and it seems that it’s broken. Will do a good search though. Haven’t been there, but it seems like it’s definitely worth a trip. Also, if you are up for a “road trip” this weekend, the Marietta Greek Festival is being held. http://www.mariettagreekfestival.org/
If you fill out the survey, free admission for 2! It’s not quite as big as the one in Atlanta, but still fun. :)

Reds

May 10th, 2010
10:33 am

*google, not good >.<

John Kessler

May 10th, 2010
10:36 am

Thanks…the link is fixed.

Maggie

May 10th, 2010
1:09 pm

John, if you could only go to one Saturday a.m. farmers market, which would you choose? Peachtree Road, Va-Highland, or Piedmont Park? Obviously proximity (ug! Whoda thought that was such a doozy to spell?) is probably the leading factor for most people (as it should be). But things like this may make a trip worthwhile, at least on occasion. And are there others I should know about?

Owen Renn

May 10th, 2010
1:15 pm

Wonderful news to hear Dan has followed me from Oxford to Atlanta. I sorely miss my meals at L&M during my time as an Ole Miss rebel, the man’s guanciale is incredible.

I will definitely drop in next weekend to give him an overdue hello, thanks for the update John!

MissV

May 11th, 2010
1:21 pm

Full disclosure: Dan often uses items from the farm I work for at the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market for pizza toppings, but I’d look forward to my weekly slice even if that wasn’t the case. Glad to see him getting some press – how lucky are we to have pizza with fresh-from-farmers produce available?

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