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Almost two months ago, Nomad Pizza opened in Philadelphia. Now, most of us don't know what hit us. (Just Google Nomad Pizza if you don't believe me.) These pies are sublime. So much so, this very ...

Almost two months ago, Nomad Pizza opened in Philadelphia. Now, most of us don't know what hit us. (Just Google Nomad Pizza if you don't believe me.) These pies are sublime. So much so, this very happy author is having Nomad cater her wedding.

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  • What  came  first,  the  pizza  or  the  truck?              Welcome  to  Nomad  Pizza  Philly.  In  case  you  havent  experienced  the  tasty  pies  or  met  the  soon-­‐to-­‐be-­‐famous  owners,  Tom  Grim  and  Stalin  Bedon,  here  is  a  wee  bit  of  backstory,  brought  to  you  in  140-­‐character  sound  bites  or  less.      First,  a  quick  synopsis:  Nomad  Pizza  is  a  joint  venture  between  Grim  and  Bedon,  longtime  co-­‐workers  at  Thomas  Sweet  Ice  Cream  in  Princeton,  New  Jersey.  (Grims  partner  at  Thomas  Sweet  was  Tom  Block  who  opened  Naked  Chocolate  Café.)  The  company  launched  in  2006  as  a  mobile  catering  business  (hence  the  name  "Nomad"),  with  the  partners  peddling  pies  at  parties  and  public  events.  As  word  spread,  demand  grew  for  private  events  (well  let  the  guys  tell  you  about  these).  The  pretty  vintage  truck  was  first  spotted  on  the  streets  of  Philly  as  part  of  The  Food  Trusts  Night  Market  last  spring  (2011)  and  has  already  become  a  hit  with  Philly  pizza  eaters.  (They  also  scored  a  coveted  spot  at  this  years  Winter  Classic.)  The  gorgeous  cream-­‐colored  truck,  a  1949  REO  Speed  Wagon,  features  a  full  wood-­‐burning  pizza  oven,  commercial  refrigerator,  sinks  and  ample  storage.  Despite  the  arrival  of  a  second  brick-­‐and-­‐mortar  location,  the  old  girl  doesnt  get  much  rest—and  likely  wont  once  a  whole  new  audience  sinks  its  teeth  into  these  nearly  100%  organic  pies.      The  truck  (er,  we  mean  the  pizza)  was  such  a  hit,  Grim  and  Bedon  felt  the  tug  of  "location,  location,  location,"  and  subsequently  landed  a  very  lovely  location  in  Hopewell,  New  Jersey  in  ‘09.  The  restaurant  was  a  veritable  overnight  success,  making  Grim  and  Bedon  two  of  the  happiest  pizza  makers  on  earth.  And  for  its  pizza-­‐eating  counterparts,  well,  the  story  is  pretty  much  the  same.  Once  you  taste  a  Nomad  pizza,  theres  no  turning  back.  Of  course,  well  let  you  be  the  judge.  Now  the  deets…     • Owners:  Tom  Grim  &  Stalin  Bedon  (It’s  true,  they’re  both  obsessed  with  making  the  perfect   pizza.)   • Address:  611  S.  7th  St.  Philadelphia  (former  Horizons  space);  215.238.0900;  nomadpizza.com   • Official  opening  day:  2/10/12   • Hours:  Tues.-­‐Th.  4-­‐10  p.m.;  Fri.,  Sat.  4  p.m.-­‐12  a.m.;  Sun.  3-­‐8  p.m.   • Pizza:  Dough  made  daily,  but  aged  for  4-­‐5  days  to  allow  the  yeast  to  permeate  throughout,   delivering  a  more  flavorful  crust.  (Enhanced  by  expert  dough  stretching!)     • Oven:  Wood-­‐fired,  reaching  a  maximum  temperature  of  850°F.  Pizzas  cook  in  90  seconds!  (The   oven  is  a  replica  of  what  is  on  the  truck.)     • Menu:  Almost  100%  organic;  bulk  of  ingredients  come  from  regional  farms/purveyors.  The   menu  is  close  to  that  offered  at  Hopewell,  with  some  additions/changes.       • Libations:  12  beers  on  tap,  plus  a  few  selections  in  bottles/cans,  along  with  red  and  white  wine.   • Space:  There  is  seating  both  upstairs  and  down,  and  each  dining  area  features  a  community   table.  The  bar  is  located  on  the  second  floor,  and  there  is  a  large  movie  screen  for  well,  showing   (and  watching)  movies.     • Alfresco  dining  will  be  available  during  the  warmer  months.   • You  can  follow  Nomad  Pizza  on  Facebook  and  Twitter.