Royal Docks

One man brings his love for food, beer and travel to­gether in Heroic Pizza Lounge, a con­verted dou­ble decker that aims to serve the best

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I want to put the bus in Ca­nary Wharf. I’d re­ally like to be in among the of­fices Ser­gio Triv­ino, Heroica Pizza Lounge

H e used to serve drinks to the masses in Ca­nary Wharf –but Ser­gio Triv­ino has swapped the con­fines of a bar for the free­dom of a big red bus and frosty pints for pip­ing hot piz­zas.

The 33-year-old has launched Heroica Pizza Lounge from a dou­ble decker based in Royal Docks.

It parks up out­side the Good Ho­tel from Thurs­day to Sun­day to serve a mix of Ital­ian food and English beers between noon and 11pm.

And Ser­gio is hop­ing to get Lon­don­ers flock­ing to the restau­rant with his dessert pizza (£5) smoth­ered in Nutella, banana and straw­ber­ries.

Cus­tomers can also top up the sweet­ness by adding choco­lates such as M&Ms, Fer­rero Rocher and Snick­ers at 50p a pop.

“I haven’t seen that any­where else,” said Ser­gio. “It is re­ally good and peo­ple seem to re­ally like it.”

Ser­gio bought the old sight­see­ing bus a year ago and took it to Colch­ester to be con­verted by a spe­cial­ist firm.

Once used for fer­ry­ing tourists around Lon­don land­marks, it is now a fully func­tion­ing mo­bile kitchen and bar. A wood and gas pizza oven sits be­hind the driver’s cabin and there’s a prepa­ra­tion area next to it where the chefs make up the piz­zas.

There is a choice of four savoury va­ri­eties, margherita (£7.50), cal­zone with ri­cotta, moz­zarella, ham, salami Napoli, black pep­per (£8); a rolled tronchetto filled with moz­zarella, ri­cotta cheese, sautéed au­bergines and smoked cheese, (£8) and a cal­zon­pizza that is half cal­zone, half margherita (£9).

Starters (£4.50) are Mediter­ranean skew­ers with moz­zarella boc­con­cino, dried toma­toes, basil and prosci­utto or br­uschetta topped with toma­toes, oregano, basil, gar­lic and olive oil.

The back of the bus has been turned into a bar, serv­ing Lon­don Pale Ale and Lon­don Lager from Mean­time Brew­ing on tap as well as bot­tles of beer, cock­tails and soft drinks.

Im­ages of Lon­don cover the ceil­ings and the stair­well is pa­pered with pho­tos of the con­ver­sion.

The top deck has been trans- formed into an open-air lounge with cush­ioned seating, wooden ta­bles and a cov­ered sec­tion for when the English weather strikes.

Ser­gio said: “The idea and de­sign was mine. I worked as a bar­tender for All Bar One in Ca­nary Wharf for five years but I al­ways wanted to have my own busi­ness.”

Orig­i­nally from Bogota in Colom­bia, where he stud­ied in­ter­na­tional busi­ness, he moved to the UK seven years ago, plan­ning to stay for six months to learn English.

But Ser­gio has set­tled in Is­land Gar­dens and in­vested £100,000 in mak­ing his busi­ness a suc­cess.

“I was in­spired by my wife, who is from Naples and I wanted to do pizza in dif­fer­ent shapes. Some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent. We’re de­vel­op­ing a brunch pizza with eggs, ham, cherry toma­toes and olive oil, and I plan to add more food next year.”

He is also keen to re­turn to Ca­nary Wharf. “I want to put the bus there as well. I re­ally like this area but it’s quiet dur­ing the day. I’d re­ally like to be in among the of­fices, where it’s busy.

“I also want to bring the bus to fes­ti­vals and Ibiza for the sum­mer and travel around Europe. I imag­ine it by the sea with a DJ, the sun shin­ing.

“That was one of the rea­sons to buy a bus, be­cause it is some­thing you can move.”

Ser­gio says his dessert pizza is liked by his cus­tomers

Ser­gio Triv­ino has big plans for his con­verted red bus, cur­rently serv­ing guests at Royal Docks

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