Big Hole Pizza – the hottest truck in Butte
By now you've seen the Big Hole Pizza fire truck around town and you've probably even had yourself a slice or two. Big Hole Pizza is becoming increasingly popular a big reason why is their delicious, cooked to perfection thin crust pizza that comes hot out of a real wood-fired oven.
In fact, Donny, one of the proprietors, tells us that he built the oven himself way before the fire truck was even a thought. "I realized how heavy it was. It was, like, 5,000 pounds," Donny told us adding that the weight seriously limited his options. But in a decrepit fire truck in a field, Donny found inspiration. "I drove by my neighbor's yard and there was 'Philpot', our fire truck that came all the way from Kentucky." Philpot was originally intended for a volunteer fire department a few states away but it was not up to standards, so it sat in a field for 15 years.
"We pulled 'er out of the weeds, rebuilt the carburetor and put a kitchen in the back," Donny told us adding that the kitchen, while small, features all of the amenities of a traditional commercial kitchen from a prep area to a sanitation station.
The oven, however, is only part of Big Hole Pizza's formula. All of their pizzas are made from scratch with premium ingredients. In fact, the unbleached flour for their dough comes all the way from Utah and is purchased at the Front Street Market. And it's a recipe for success. Visit them on Facebook to find out where Philpot will be parked and feel free to call in your order in advance.