GREENWICH, Conn. — Greenwich resident Louise Joseph worked in corporations and started a faux finish company. But she wanted to return to the kitchen.
“I was just drawn back to cooking,” Joseph said. So she worked as a private chef and eventually decided to start a food truck focusing on pizza named Dough Girls.
Her choice of food truck is not entirely surprising: She grew up miles away from legendary New Haven pizza in her hometown of West Haven.
After three years, which involved finding the right truck and fabricator, Joseph held a soft opening at Greenwich's Bruce Park for her friends and family in August, 2015. She also set up shop at the Greenwich Polo Club, which has since invited her back for a season.
The focus of her truck is on fresh food. Most everything at the food truck, which she usually parks in Stamford or Greenwich, is handmade.
“I make the dough. I make the cheese. I make the pesto. I make the mashed potatoes. I caramelize the onions,” she said as she prepared to serve lunch customers outside the Greenwich Library Friday. “I pretty much make everything.”
Her pizzas range from the traditional cheese and pepperoni pizzas to the arugula pizza and the mashed pizza, which features mashed potatoes and smoked applewood bacon.
And, yes, after pizza, Joseph offers desserts — warm apple tart, vanilla gelato and rainbow Italian ice.
After living in West Haven, Joseph’s career pushed her farther south — first to Trumbull and then to Greenwich, where she has lived for 16 years.
Joseph, a graduate of Johnson & Wales, also has worked as a sous chef at the now-defunct Bang Cafe in Riverside.
“It was the best job I ever had because I made life-long friends that I just saw last night — we’re still in touch — and I learned the most about food there,” Joseph said. “They had some amazing chefs there.”
Joseph doesn’t operate the truck completely alone. Dylan Ehret, a 2017 Greenwich High School senior, works with her and is “a tremendous help.” “When he goes off to college, this truck is shutting down,” she quipped.
In the future, she said she plans on expanding. “I do want to do a second truck,” Joseph said. “And, who knows, we might have a brick and mortar store somewhere.”
For more information on the truck, visit her company’s Facebook page here .