Pizza is the perfect food and great for any situation. College study session? Yes! Game day? Of course! Family night? Absolutely.

You can never go wrong with pizza. Well, you can, but it’s extremely hard to do so. So, when you find a master pizza maker, eat some pizza.

This week, I had the honor of eating excellent pizza from the fifth-generation Italian pie slingers at Punchy’z Pizza.

It was a Friday night, and the Punchy’z food truck was parked outside of Brew Lab 101 serving New York wood-fired pizza.

Owner Aaron Angelo was tossing the pizza dough sky-high, and his father (and owner of Bruno’s Pizza in Santa Fe) Vincenzo Bruno-Marchi was running the pizza oven and occasionally tossing logs into the fire.

Everyone working inside the food truck were family, and you could easily sense the love they all  have for each other.

A common interaction throughout the night was concerned family members asking Bruno-Marchi if he wanted to switch out of running the pizza oven, and him responding, “How many times do I have to tell you? I am fine. Don’t worry about me!”

It was one of the best work atmospheres I have ever witnessed — and quite entertaining to watch.

I ordered the Godfather (supreme) pizza. The Godfather is a red pie that comes with mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, black olives and red onions.

As you can guess, it was delicious.

The pizza was a masterpiece and had a beautiful charred finish.

By the way, don’t you dare tell them to turn down the heat! The pizza is charred, not burned. This is not Domino’s (no offense to Domino’s). Rant over.

The sauce was tangy, the toppings were balanced, and the dough was very reminiscent of East Coast pizza.

I took down four slices and finished my crust with Mike’s Hot Honey. I did not know that hot honey was a thing, but I am a fan now!

Some of their other pizzas that I will eventually try include the Bootlegger, the Tri Carne, the Il Diavolo, the NY Sampler, the Pizza Alla Puttanesca, and many more.

Disclaimer: If you are under the age of 18, please do not translate “Alla Puttanesca” on Google — or do so with parental supervision. For those of you who speak Italian, I hope you had a good laugh!

Punchy’z Pizza is straight aces, but don’t take my word for it. In Rio Rancho, you can find Punchy’z Pizza outside of Brew Lab 101 every Friday slinging up pies.

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