For Pizza Mike's namesake, Mike Evans, the opportunity to compete on The Great Food Truck Race was more than just the chance at on-the-road cooking. After losing his prizewinning restaurant to a fire three years ago, he wanted to find a way back into the culinary industry, and a food truck could provide the opportunity to start his business anew.
While the guys of Pizza Mike's were most comfortable serving meaty plates, the team was forced to rethink its menu during the week-two Speed Bump challenge that forced all teams to serve only vegan dishes. Luckily the guys found vegan Italian sausage at the grocery store and used it to top their classic pizza.
At the team's final Truck Stop challenge, Pizza Mike's joined the rival teams and set up shop outside the baseball stadium of the Amarillo Sox. Carlo took to grassroots advertising to attract customers to his truck, and soon the guys sold out of their one-and-only menu item: the Italian beef sub.
Whether the team was serving to big-city customers in Los Angeles or down-home clientele in Amarillo, the guys of Pizza Mike's won rave reviews on their food from buyers throughout the race. The team's dishes proved so popular, in fact, that they drew high enough earnings to secure second-place finishes in both weeks one and two of the competition.