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Afternoon Update


November 5, 2013

All fired up

Anderson man makes wood-fired pizzas on the go

ANDERSON, Ind. — While you watch, Michael McCurry gently presses handmade dough out on a wooden paddle, slathers pesto sauce on it, then sprinkles on cheese and a selection of delightful fresh accoutrements. He deftly lifts the long-handled paddle and slides it into the brick oven where a fire gently burns. About 90 seconds later, that uber-fresh personal pizza is yours.

“I always liked to cook,” said McCurry, 46. A bushy green basil plant sits on the table where he works quickly preparing a pizza. His daughter, Haley, 26, works right alongside him. The pair wears gentle smiles as they busily assemble, cook and serve their pizzas in McCurry’s mobile wood-fired pizza business called Dal-Forno. They set up on site, outside, to serve up pizzas and more.

Dal-Forno is Italian for ‘from the oven.’ The brick oven is definitely the centerpiece of McCurry’s mobile enterprise. Not only does it lend flavor to the food, it makes a focal point at an event.

“It’s almost like an enclosed fireplace,” said McCurry. “It’s probably like 1000 degrees on top. Probably 800 on the floor.” He generally uses hardwoods in his pizza oven, lately oak, cherry or apple.

“Walnut pops and cracks,” the Dal-Forno chef has discovered. It’s one of a number of things he’s learned on his business adventure. “I learn something every time we go.”

A 20-year employee of General Motors, McCurry decided to jump into the unique business in his off hours. After doing some research, and ramping up with some hands-on experience, the Anderson native took the plunge and invested in the mobile unit last year.

“I didn’t buy it to make money,” said McCurry. “I bought it to have fun, give back, teach my daughter something.”

The pizza maker didn’t set out to serve something everybody else has already got either. He’s taken pains to chase down specific, quality ingredients, and to develop his own recipes.

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