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Streetza - The Best Pizza Food Truck Around Town

On the last day of Chill on the Hill in Bay View, I visited the Streetza food truck. When I asked one of the owners, Scott Baitinger, what the fan favorite is, he said, “Definitely the Slice of Milwaukee.” So I said to myself, What the heck, I’ll try that. To be mentioned, the other owner is Steve Mai.  

The Slice of Milwaukee has sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and red onion. All of the ingredients meshed well together. The tender sausage and mushroom complimented the slightly spicy pepperoni, while the crisp onion added a lot to the overall flavor. If you can get a bite with all four, I’d say that’s the perfect mouthful.

Most pizzas are laden with grease, having small puddles of fat just sitting on top of the pizza. Streetza’s slices are not greasy at all, which is a nice change of pace and helps me feel not so guilty after eating one.

I love bread, so I tend to like a thicker crust; however, I was pleasantly pleased by theirs. The thickness is between your traditional crispy thin and your typical softer thick crust. Although, if you like yours crispier, eat the very outer edge of the pizza first, it’s definitely crunchier than the rest of the crust.

All of the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. “Our Veggies come from the WestTown Farmer's Market,” says Scott. “The special neighborhood items come from different restaurants.”

I was a bit hesitant seeing the super-sized mushrooms since I’m not usually a mushroom kind of girl. However, these were extremely well cooked, soft, and had a neutral taste. Some mushrooms have a very distinctive ‘shroom’ taste to them; these did not.

The sausage is cut into bite-sized bits and scattered throughout the slice. The sausage tasted fresh and seemed very lean. It wasn’t spicy at all, but still had a very hearty flavor.

There’s about five slices of pepperoni placed on every slice of pizza. The pepperoni had a great rich essence to it. Just like the sausage, the pepperoni must have been pretty lean since it didn’t have much grease on it, unlike what most pepperoni has when cooked.

With the mushrooms, sausage and pepperoni being so soft and tender, the crisp minced red onion was a splendid addition. The red onion flavor was prominent but not overwhelming. It was extremely fresh, like it was taken straight from the garden; it certainly gave the slice a pop of zest.

Streetza only uses Wisconsin made cheese, and always the freshest of ingredients. The perfectly melted cheese stretched during my first couple bites. With my next few chomps, the cheese made sure to grab along a few extra ingredients that I wasn’t anticipating on; that made for a big mouthful.

Like most pizzas, underneath the cheese was the marinara. Unlike your standard jarred marinara from the store, Streetza’s sauce had a noticeable tomato taste. It was a juicy roasted tomato flavor with the addition of a few spices. The Slice of Milwaukee had the perfect amount of both cheese and sauce.

Overall, the pizza was extremely delicious. Throughout each and every bite, I could tell that Streetza uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients. They truly put effort and love into the pizza they create.

The Streetza food truck opened in 2009, and Scott told me why. “We wanted to bring the best pizza to the most fun places that people want to be. Our passion for pizza and customer service is why we've won so many national awards and recognition.”

Along with the slice of pizza, they gave me their much sought after garlic bread. What’s a pizza without garlic bread?, I always thought. They must have agreed.

“We have the rolls baked especially for us,” says Scott. However, the bakery would like to remain anonymous.

An order of garlic bread gets you three halves of six-inch rolls. It’s coated with butter and topped off with both garlic and Italian seasoning.

The roll has a slightly crispy outer crust, while the inner part is soft and airy, allowing the butter to seep through; I loved how the butter moistened the entire inside over time.

The garlic seasoning wasn’t as prominent as most garlic breads, but the great flavor was still there. Actually, I admired the fact that I didn’t feel the need to pop a mint right after I ate it. I must say, the heavily sprinkled Italian seasoning was my favorite part. You don’t normally get that kind of seasoning on your archetypal garlic bread,  but it was a fantastic add on. It truly gave me the sense of an Italian dish, especially with it being paired with a slice of pizza.

Along side their stand menu, Streetza also provides customers with different daily specialty slices/pizzas. “Our customers created a substantial portion of the menu,” says Scott. The process is as such: “You suggest we try something on twitter or Facebook and we do. Some have been great, some not so much. But the great ones make it to the menu.”

During the summer, Streetza is at the Westown Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Humboldt Park every Tuesday night. In addition, they also cater to weddings, graduation parties, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries, almost any social gathering. “We love being part of people's big days,” says Scott.

--Amanda Maniscalco--


Traveling Food Truck
FB: @streetzapizza
Closed Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; Open on 6p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. – 3 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Street parking or festival/grounds parking
Reservations not required


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