Jay Langfelder, owner of Neapolitan pizza truck O.G. Wood Fire, is working on opening a restaurant in Kenmore.
Expect it this summer, at 2872 Delaware Ave., which has been a Chrusciki Bakery outlet. It might have a different name than its mobile predecessor, but the main attraction will still be wood-fired pizza.
Langfelder's pizza, Neapolitan-style pies with leopard-spotted crusts, have been hailed as some of the best in Buffalo. The restaurant's pizza, made in temperature-controlled surroundings impossible to achieve on a food truck, should be even better, Langfelder said.
Langfelder, a 2003 graduate of Clarence High School, has been working on pizza for most of his adult life. He was a driver for Bocce on Transit when someone didn't show up for work, and he was put to work making dough. "Before long that became my go-to job as a high schooler."
He would move into food service management, and get an associate's degree in hospitality management from Trocaire College, but never lost his attraction to making pizza. In 2014, he was working as a manager for Aramark at the University of Florida when he decided to move back to Buffalo and start a pizza truck. O.G. Wood Fire started in 2015, and has so far served about 30,000 pizzas, Langfelder said.
The restaurant will have 24 to 30 seats, with a small menu of pizzas, pastries, cheese and charcuterie boards, and salad. Beer and wine should be available. Its centerpiece will be an Acunto Mario pizza oven, imported from Italy.
Langfelder said he'll be getting the truck back in service in mid-February, and expects to phase it out after the restaurant opens.
"I put in my time, I made every pizza on the truck, to learn all the nuances," Langfelder said. "This place is not big, and I intend on making all the pizza. Since I moved back from Florida, I wanted make a job for myself as a pizza maker, and that's what I'm doing."
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