Weddings

One of the best parts of our job is getting to go to lots of lovely weddings. We've catered festival style weddings, barn weddings, heritage building wedding, yacht club weddings and more. Each has been unique but what all have shared is a relaxed, fun & happy vibe. 

We thought we would run through the set up for a wedding so any of you future mr & mrs's can get a good idea about whether Pizza Wagon might be right for your wedding....

From the day you first inquire you can expect us to be open and receptive to all your ideas, we love chatting about your plans and offering advice if you'd like it. For weddings we normally offer packages by the pizza but on special occasions can arrange 'all you can eat'. You can pick any 5 pizzas from our seasonal menu for us to cook on your special day. We can do gluten free pizzas and cater for lactose & fructose intolerant guests. We can also offer professional and friendly wait staff to help your day run as smoothly as possible.

On the day we would normally arrive 1hr30 minutes (earlier upon arrangement) before you would like us to serve. We'll get the fire roaring, write the personalised blackboards, hang up the flower basket & fairy lights, pop tea lights in jars and get ready for service. We will cook non stop, rotating through the pizzas. We believe the best way is for guests to grab slices from a waitress or from the van counter. Sharing is the quickest way to make sure everyone is fed, plus all the pizzas are so yummy it's great to be able to try everything!

If you would like us to pause for a little while for speeches, cake cutting, etc you can tell us on the day.

We can provide plates and napkins but if you would like us to use something special do let us know. We present our pizzas on our lovely wooden pizza peels.

If you are thinking of having more than one food truck we can advise you on some of the best food trucks in Melbourne to have along side us.

To lock in a booking we require a 20% deposit. You can estimate the amount of pizzas you would like at this stage and always change the amount down the line, as we know guests lists can go up and down.

If you are planning a wedding from September 2015 onwards then we will soon have something very special that you can add to your wedding. We are currently working on a gorgeous gelato cart to go with our van.  So watch this space for updates, yay gelato!

Bookings are coming in fast for weddings next spring, summer & even autumn so get in quick!

If you are planning your wedding and have any questions please get in touch at info@pizzawagon.com.au.



New Year 2015

Well haven't we been rubbish at keeping this up to date. Our only excuse and one we don't really mind having is that we have been BUSY! Each month for us has just got better and better and we topped the year off with our biggest event to date.

2014 lead us to many wonderful places, weddings, engagements, birthdays from 1 to 60, car shows, music festivals, old peoples homes, nightclubs, markets, cinemas, breweries and more. We have met the such a diverse mix of people and it just proves everyone loves pizza!

We spent our new year working at Beyond the Valley music festival. A first time festival run by a friendly team. We had no idea what to expect and kept panicking that we had too much stock and then 5 minutes later thinking we had too little! We had trained up 6 staff to help us at the festival to maximize our output.

Beyond the Valley exceeded all expectations. We sold out! We didn't have a queue of less than 10 minutes the whole time we were open. We were pumping out 50 pizzas an hour which from 30 with just the two of us was a big leap. It was a lot of hard work but amazing and we hope we get the opportunity to work there next year.

For 2015 we are looking at how we can up our output even more. We are looking at oven number 2 and whether that means van number 2 or perhaps a marquee for now. 2014 was incredible, we can't quite believe how far we have come. We are so excited for what 2015 has in store.

We want to say a huge thank you to any one that has bought a pizza, booked us for a job, followed us on social media or just smiled at us! We wish you all the happiest of new years!


One weekend two quirkily wonderful markets

A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of attending two more alternative markets. The first was the Nanna Cool Falling For You market and the second was Belgrave Big Dreams Market.

Nanna Cool has a market every two months and this months market had a lovely autumn theme. They celebrate the handmade and the homemade with gusto. At this stage it's only a small market but with great themes i can see them growing with every market.  

Belgrave Big Dreams is a bigger, monthly market up in the hills with gorgeous stalls and interesting punters.  You can tell they really care about the finer details and creating a special atmosphere. They set up a wonderful table and chairs arrangement in front of our van, they even decorated it with flowers in a pot, we loved it.

The weather was great all weekend and we had a lovely time. We met lots of new people including Emma and Boris who saw us at Nanna Cool and then came to Belgrave Big Dreams to see us again, we're now booked in to cater their wedding in July!

We had our first run with our Breakfast pizza too - Panchetta rashers, cherry tomatoes, swiss brown mushrooms, san marzano tomato, fior di latte, parmesan, basil, olive oil. It went down a treat :-).

Hopefully we'll be back at both markets soon.

table set up at belgrave big dreams

table set up at belgrave big dreams


Joining the world of Markets

Last Sunday we had our first market at the Yarra Glen Racecourse. After what started as a very misty day it turned in to glorious sunshine. I imagine a markets busyness is very weather dependent so we we're lucky the sun was out.

We arrived and we're soon helped in to our spot. We definitely felt like the new kids on the block, it seemed like all the other caterers had been doing this for years, they all knew each other well and were chatting away. Other than a great little coffee place in a camper van trailer (with a 6ft owner) we were the only food truck at the market, the others all had stalls they had to set up. Lots of them came up for a friendly peak and a chat so it was nice to start meeting people.

The morning for us was a little slow, we've decided next time to give a breakfast pizza a go to see if that helps. Around lunch orders came in at a lovely steady pace. We did have Sam helping us out in the van again but we think next time it could be managed by just the two of us.

We all had lots of fun and we're very much enjoying our new life style. Fingers crossed for sunshine at all our future markets!

Baany to Warrna Ngargee - Water to Water Festival

Last Saturday we were lucky enough to work at the brilliant Water to Water Festival. The festival was the first Indigenous music and culture festival to be held on the Mornington Peninsula. 

Easily for us the festival was being held 5 minutes from our house at the Briars Historic Park in Mount Martha so at 8am we drove the Wagon up and started setting up. The day started off spookily foggy (which made for some great shots of the wagon!) but gradually turned in to a beautifully sunny day.

There were great singers, dancers, fellow food stalls, didgeridoo lessons, face painting (in a tee-pee!), traditional art lessons, massages, the local radio station and the list goes on.

Pizza Wagon was very busy and sold 180 pizzas that day, happily we had a helping hand from our friends Sam and Nina who were very good at taking orders from a covered in flour Hannah and a covered in soot Zak. 

Thank you to Baany to Warrna Ngargee for having us and to our contact person Annie-Rose for being so lovely to work with, hopefully we'll see you next year! 


Sarah's 30th in St Kilda

On March 15th we headed in St Kilda to cater for the lovely Sarah's 30th birthday. We parked up out the front of her and her husband's charming home and set up for the evening. The main party was going on inside and in the garden so we were provided with two servers to take our pizza to the party masses. For her party Sarah picked the Margherita, Funghi (which seemed to be the favourite), Capricciosa, Melanzana and Piccante. 

We had guests from the party pop out and have a chat, It was great to hear feedback (especially as it was all good - hurrah!). We cooked 45 pizzas including a Margherita for two young boys in pyjamas who lived next door and had been sat outside checking out the van - very cute.

All in all the evening could not have gone better. The hosts were lovely and even came out with a beer for us each at the end of the evening, so Zak and i shared a beer and a pizza whilst toasting the nights success.

mobile pizza melbourne - setting up

mobile pizza melbourne - setting up

funghi, portobello mushrooms with truffle oil - a hit on the night!

funghi, portobello mushrooms with truffle oil - a hit on the night!

Woodfire Oven Workshop

Just before we left for Melbourne we went back up to visit our super duper, oven making, South African friend Jay for an afternoons oven workshop. First off we lit the fire in the middle of the oven for around 40 minutes to get the floor really piping hot. Jay makes his pizzas super thin and crispy so he runs a floor temperature of around 350 Celsius and an air temperature of between 450 and 500. At this temperature he can make a 10” pizza in around 50-90 seconds. When the oven got to scorching we pushed the fire to the back and swept the oven floor before we started cooking. 

Zak started off making the pizzas whilst i worked the oven and then we switched. Jay taught us how to work the peel - sliding the pizza in the oven, rotating it half way through and shimmying it out at the end. He tried his best to distract and pressure us to give an idea of what it would really be like doing all this with waiting, hungry customers. The pizzas cooked so quickly that as rookies we couldn’t really keep up the pace of getting another one in before we took one out, but gradually we both got better. Jay sent us home with lots of tips and tricks, now we’re just itching to give it a go in our own oven.

San Marzano Tomatoes

During our pizza course we cooked with (and ate) the famous San Marzano tomatoes. They are a variety of plum tomato, compared to the Roma tomato Marzano tomatoes are thinner and more pointed. The flesh is much thicker with fewer seeds, and the taste is stronger, sweeter and less acidic. Technically a San Marzano tomato can not be a San Marzano tomato unless it is grown in the San Marzano valley, so the real deal could be a little tricky to get hold of in Melbourne! They were a joy to work with and on our first day we chopped them up, added some basil and used these deliciously sweet tomatoes on our pizzas instead of a tomato sauce. What a treat!

The Makeover

In September we completed the vans make over. We liked the original red but in real life the old girl was looking a little tired so she got a fresh coat of paint and is looking fresh, shiny and ready to impress the Australian masses. Towability also completed the kitchen. The oven, boiler, sinks, fridges, stainless steel counters, dough trays, gastro trays, stereo, lights are all in and all just in time to get her shipped to Australia…

Logo Brainstorming

Around mid-august we had dinner with my wonderfully talented aunty Sara. She, along with a couple of her work colleagues, had started work on our logo. Sara had chopped out the potential logo and stuck it on to paper bags, napkins, pizza boxes and even on to a photo of a citroen h van. We hadn’t quite got the colours down yet but the design was well on it’s way. It really helped us to visualise what Pizza Wagon was going to become and we will be forever grateful for all the time she put in.

Around mid-august we had dinner with my wonderfully talented aunty Sara. She, along with a couple of her work colleagues, had started work on our logo. Sara had chopped out the potential logo and stuck it on to paper bags, napkins, pizza boxes and even on to a photo of a citroen h van. We hadn’t quite got the colours down yet but the design was well on it’s way. It really helped us to visualise what Pizza Wagon was going to become and we will be forever grateful for all the time she put in.

Van Plans

Having bought the van and the oven we needed to find a company to turn our van in to a dream pizza making machine. We were recommended a company called ‘Towability’ who have lots of experience refurbishing Citroen H Vans as well as much bigger trailers and are currently working on vans for Mr Jamie Oliver. With the dream team of Towablity and Jay the pizza van guru we came up with these plans.

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The Oven

After getting ourselves a van next on our list was the oven. We went up to see a guy called Jay at Dingley Dell Enterprises. Jay is a chatty South African who started his own mobile pizza business and has now moved on to making wood fire pizza ovens. He wooed and impressed us very quickly and we had soon signed up to buy an oven. Not only did he make us an oven but he gave us heaps of advice about running a mobile pizza business. He makes the ovens out of wire mesh, expanded clay and refractory cements. Ours is 4ft long, 3ft wide and 2ft high and on a tear drop shaped base. It came with pizza peels, a coal hook, blow pipes, a fire basket and thermometer. We haven’t used any of it yet as we needed to keep it squeaky clean for Australian customs but we can’t wait to fire it up and get cooking in it once it gets here. 

Citroen H Van

Here she is! Last spring we went to H Van world (less a world, more someone’s garden) and shortly after bought this little lovely. Nicknamed the ‘French Toaster’ H Vans were born out of World War II and produced by Citroen in France and Belgium up until 1981. Ours was produced in 1977, is left hand drive, has a long wheel base, hatch’s on both sides, a booming 58 horsepower engine, 3 speed transmission and was just what we were looking for! Since we bought it we’ve given it a bit of a makeover on the inside and out. This is it in it’s original form, it was a very exciting day.

The Beginning

In the photo below is me (Hannah) and Zak last February in a very chilly Prague. Two years before this photo was taken we met in another chilly town called Whistler in Canada. Since Whistler we’ve bounced around the world soaking up new sights, cultures and experiences. We’ve lived in Zak’s home town of Melbourne and we’ve spent the last 18 months living in my home, London. This is where Pizza Wagon was born.

On an unusually sunny day last October, Zak, my dad and i were sat outside a cafe in Muswell Hill in London and we got to talking about the boom of mobile food vans in London. My dad mentioned that when he was a youngster he’d seen a mobile pizza van in the South of France and he’d always dreamed of starting one up. Feeling inspired and full of ideas we went home and started writing a business plan. A little over a year later we are now back in Melbourne and in a couple of months we plan to be hitting the streets selling wood fired pizza from our gorgeous 1977 Citroen ‘H’ van. We’ve decided to keep a blog to recap our journey so far and to share what ever ups and downs we have ahead of us. So here’s to a happy future filled with delicious pizza!