Gallery: Meet Vendy Awards Rookie Finalist Neapolitan Express

The Neapolitan Express team
The Neapolitan Express team
The custom-built truck is one of the most spacious I've seen. The day I visited was a training day, so there was more staff on board than usual, but they still managed to have room to work and move around.
The truck
The truck
The truck was designed from the ground up to be green and energy efficient. Its eco-friendly drew the attention of T Boone Pickens and Mayor Bloomberg, who invited Neapolitan Express to launch at a ceremony at City Hall.
Dough press
Dough press
Working with Cuppone, an oven maker in Italy, they came up with a pizza press that helps to knead the dough to get the right texture.
Dough press
Dough press
According to Neapolitan Express's Alyssa Vaughn, the press "acts in the same way as a pizzaiolo—not flattening the dough like a typical press, but pushing the air from the middle to the edges of the pizza to give us that great 'spring' in the dough."
Dough handling
Dough handling
Cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes
Ripe cherry tomatoes are added to all the pizzas.
Spreading sauce
Spreading sauce
Bufala cheese
Bufala cheese
Chunks of bufala mozzarella are torn and spread on the Bufala pizza.
Pizza-making
Pizza-making
Into the oven
Into the oven
Drizzled olive oil
Drizzled olive oil
Before it's served, the pizza is drizzled with olive oil.
Pizza slicing
Pizza slicing
The pizza is served in a box that can be taken apart and used as plates.
Pizza is served
Pizza is served