Great Gorgonzola! Pizza truck serves up a slice of spice in La Jolla

By Ashley Mackin

A La Jolla Shores husband-and-wife team are bringing gourmet pizza to town in their purple pizza purveyance, “Pizza Pazza.” In operation for almost a year, Karen and Mark DeSimone cruise La Jolla in their food truck, making profitable stops at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s summer Shore Thing and serving business lunches in the Village.

The purple Pizza Pazza truck drives around La Jolla selling gourmet pizza and Italian food. Courtesy

Karen DeSimone said while most people define “gourmet pizza” as bread with unusual toppings, she defines it as having handcrafted dough and original combinations. She explained their dough ferments for 72 hours and is baked in their double- decker bus on a two-inch-thick brick cooking surface.

“We source only the finest and freshest ingredients and our dough is all homemade by my husband, who is a self-taught chef,” she said. “He arduously studied the art of dough- making for more than a year prior to opening Pizza Pazza Gourmet Food Truck. He grew up back East and is the pickiest eater ever! After trying most pizzerias from Orange County to San Diego and never finding any that were close to back East pizza quality and taste, he decided to learn how to create his own.”

In addition to their pizza passion, the DeSimones are animal lovers, which is why they use humanely handled meats and donate 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of their Jojo garlic breadsticks to volunteer-based animal rescues.

Find Pizza Pazza at or (858) 877-8599.

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