No, the vintage Volkswagen bus on Bufalina's patio isn't a food truck in the traditional sense. Melissa Pellegrino and Matt Scialabba aren't taking their renowned wood-fired pizza on the road. But this summer, they're serving up drinks and small plates from the bus, which has been converted into a bar. The couple, who first opened the Guilford pizzeria on Boston Post Road in 2011, launched "Bar Bufalina" in the outdoor dining area last week. The turquoise and white VW Bus, has been outfitted with marble countertops and other prep space, with room for two or three staff members. "We came up with the idea of doing this little mobile bar out there," Pellegrino said. "And we decided to do it Italian style, with some small plates and Italian-inspired cocktails." Bufalina's small plates will evolve frequently, Pellegrino said, similar to the menu's market salad which changes weekly, depending on seasonal ingredient availability. Recent items have included zucchini involtini with herb salsa and crispy Parmesan crumble, and herb shrimp salad in Bibb lettuce cups. The menu will start out small as the staff gets used to the new bus space, she said, and may grow. The pizza menu, which currently offers seasonal pies with zucchini and dandelion greens, will also get an update in several weeks as tomatoes and other produce start to flourish later in the summer. A recent update in the restaurant's liquor license allows Pellegrino and Scialabba to offer cocktails beyond beer and wine, and that's part of what inspired the bus bar, she said. Bufalina's menu now features four different Prosecco-based spritz cocktails, with liqueurs like sour cherry gin, Luxardo Aperitivo and sweet vermouth, and other craft drinks, including a Negroni bianco and a Paloma with tequila and Italian spirits. Cocktails are $10 to $12. Bufalina has not reopened its indoor dining since the initial COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020, Pellegrino said, as the restaurant's interior is small with just a handful of seats. The outdoor patio will be the only seating option for the summer, with room for about 30 guests. The restaurant otherwise offers takeout, but has a limited daily dough capacity, so customers are encouraged to make reservations and place orders early. Pellegrino said the restaurant may reopen its dining room in the fall, but she's looking forward to welcoming guests to the enhanced patio experience this season. "I love having our outdoor space. I would never want a space that didn't have it," she said. "It's so nice around here in the summertime, and the season's not that long. I personally love to be outside as much as possible." Bufalina, at 1070 Boston Post Road in Guilford, is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. 203-458-1377, bufalinact.com.