At a certain point, Viet Nguyen realized he was working more on his pizza dough than his master’s degree.
He made pizza every day for two years. Eventually, he went on to teach Asian American studies part-time at a community college in San Jose. But his side hustle? Mobile wood-fired pizza.
That was the beginning of Bare Knuckle Pizza. After five years of farmers’ markets and catering gigs, Nguyen opened his first brick-and-mortar in January. The tiny counter-service joint sits in Oakland’s Chinatown with a handful of bar seats, some outdoor tables, and a dark upstairs that very much feels like it used to be meant for storage.
More importantly, it has two nearly identical menus: one for meat-eaters and one for vegans.
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