One of the Top 10 pizza joints in Austin is closing. After about a year-and-a-half, Clint Elmore and his wife will shutter their Neapolitan pizza trailer on South First street on July 30. According to its Facebook page, 40 North has “a couple of different concepts” in the pipeline, including a new brick-and-mortar location that they hope to open within the next year.
Here’s what I wrote about 40 North when I put them in the #8 spot on my Top 10 pizza list last year.
The story: Clint Elmore had the chutzpah and vision to leave his legal career in New York and tackle pizza making. He studied in Naples and worked at Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn before moving to Austin about three years ago with his partner, Pearl Schenkel. The couple opened their pizza trailer in December.
Style: Somehow Elmore turns out classic Neapolitan-style pies from a small trailer loaded with a wood-fired oven. The bottoms of the puffy, pliant pies proudly wear the black scars from their time near the flame.
With meat: Two New York imports star on the Hot Honey pie, with Mike’s Hot Honey (a viscous and spicy chili-infused honey) lending its fragrant glaze to delicate waves of paprika-popped hot coppa from Salumeria Biellese that bridge mounds of creamy ricotta.
Vegetarian: The Funghi: Thyme and sage give an herbaceous glow to the loamy depth of a gang of mushrooms.
Passing on pizza? Try … A farro salad packed with arugula, cucumbers and onions and dressed with balsamic vinaigrette.