A food truck and restaurant known for its inventive pizza (and solid beer list at the restaurant) will open a second restaurant. Stoked Pizza, which operates a bright red Boston-area truck as well as a cozy restaurant in Brookline’s Washington Square neighborhood, will open on the Harvard Law School campus in 2020, with construction set to begin soon on the restaurant at 1611 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Stoked already has a presence in the Harvard Square area — its truck is a regular in the lineup that appears outside the university’s science center.
Stoked got its start as a food truck in 2014, founded by Scott Riebling and Toirm Miller, the former a musician (heard of Letters to Cleo?) turned obsessed pizza-maker, the latter a founder of vegetarian food cart Jack and the Bean Bowl. The team expanded with the Brookline restaurant in April 2016, and they spoke of potential further expansion starting in early 2017, possibly to Boston’s Jamaica Plain or somewhere around Cambridge or Somerville, but they didn’t find the right space — until now.
The new Cambridge restaurant will be different from its Brookline counterpart in one notable way: Stoked has decided to forego the wood-fired oven this time (Cambridge is widely known for its fraught relationship with such cooking methods) in favor of an electric oven, though the menu will remain largely the same. As the team told Boston Magazine, though, there’s always the possibility of more restaurants in the future, and given the right space and other conditions, future locations could return to wood-fired.
Stoked features 11-inch pizzas, with and without tomato sauce, with a large variety of toppings, including pepperoni that’s diced instead of sliced (recommended addition to the pepperoni pizza: Mike’s Hot Honey). The restaurant also offers salads, chicken wings, cocktails, milkshakes (boozy and not), and more, as well as extensive vegan options.
In addition to the different oven, the Cambridge restaurant will be substantially larger than its older sibling in Brookline — twice as big. With construction slated to begin this fall, look for an opening sometime in 2020.