Ramble On

The Pizza Ninja goes mobile with his review of Ramble, a pizza food truck.

It’s the time of the year that students are heading back to school.  Fitting that this month’s pizza comes from School House Lane in East Falls.  “Pizza on School House Lane?” you say.  Well yes, sort of.  For the September issue, the Pizza Ninja made the trek over to Wissahickon Brewing Company for a pie from the Ramble Pizza food truck, parked in WBC’s parking lot that night. (3705 W School House Ln.)

While WBC itself does not serve food, it does feature a different food truck every night it’s open (Wednesday through Sunday).  Wednesdays are pizza nights, which is your best chance to catch Ramble — although it does show up occasionally on other nights at WBC. To see the weekly food truck schedule, go to WBC’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

The Ordering Experience (4.5 out of 5)

Since Ramble is a mobile food truck, the ordering options are slim because, well, they are in a different location on any given day of the week.  In fact, the Ninja only knew to order from Ramble because of an Instagram post on WBC’s account.  The ordering options for Ramble are:

  1. In person at the truck
  2. Over the phone (phone number found on their instagram @ramblepizza or ramblepizza.com)

Allow me to set the scene.  The Ninja is gently awakening from an afternoon nap on the couch.  While scrolling through his Instagram feed, he sees a tasty picture of pizza from @wissahickonbrewingcompany, with the caption “@ramblepizza will be slingin’ slices outside our humble tasting room TONIGHT from 5pm-’till they sell out!”  This, my friends, is what social media is for.  Pictures of pizza, and connecting people with that pizza.

After a few quick comments back and forth over the ‘gram with the good folks over at Ramble, the Ninja ascertained that not only does Ramble sell pizza by the slice, but that you could order a whole pie, and even place the order beforehand via phone and pick up at the truck. Done deal.

The Ninja placed his order over the phone at 7:15pm and the gentleman on the other end of the line asked “When do you want it?” This was a Pizza Ninja first — all other shops simply tell you when you can have your pizza.  The Ninja replied “as soon as possible” and a pickup time of 15 minutes was quoted.

After a quick walk over to the brewery, the pizza was ready early, at a time to completion of 12 minutes — 3 minutes ahead of schedule. Nice!

The Pizza Experience

Presentation (3 out of 5)

This is a standard generic box. Heavy cardboard stock, which was nice. It’s sure to keep your pizza warm as you walk back from the brewery, or while enjoying a few quick pints at the bar.

This pizza is pretty good at first glance.  It looks saucey and cheesy.  The cheese isn’t cooked to a uniform golden color all the way across, but overall the Ninja would say it’s cooked to the proper level of doneness.  If you look closely, you can see fresh herbs in the sauce.  Underneath, the crust has just the right amount of char.

Let’s take a taste:

Cheese (3.75 out of 5)

While the Ninja likes the cheese, it is not the standout on this pie.  It’s a pretty standard mozarella.  Has a good snap to it, and it’s the proper ratio.

Sauce (5 out of 5)

Whoa!  Sauce alert!  This sauce immediately hits you in the nose with an incredible smell, followed by a great flavor in your mouth.  Incredible mouth feel.  This sauce is a bit on the chunkier/more robust side compared to others.  What you’ll find is a great fresh tomato taste, with notes of fresh basil.  It pairs beautifully with the more subdued taste of the cheese.

Crust (4.25 out of 5)

Great crust, very bready.  Probably the ninja’s second favorite aspect of the pizza behind the sauce.  It’s one of those crusts that has a nice wholesome taste, it could certainly stand on its own as a breadstick.

Conclusion (4.1 out of 5)

Pizza & Beer.  Name a more iconic duo.. I’ll wait.

Born in Chicago, arguably the capitol of world class pizza options, the Pizza Ninja consumes pizza an average of 3 to 4 nights a week. From local options to frozen pizza, no crust is left behind. He has been eating pizza for 34 years and currently resides in East Falls along with his wife, daughter and two dogs. On occasion, he will graciously share a slice of his pizza with them. Follow the Ninja on Instagram.

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