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You know you’re a food truck foodie when…

…the truck owners themselves recognize your mug. Didn’t I see you before? [Insert dumb look on face while trying to remember where we might’ve been spotted.] In our defense, I should add that we didn’t recognize the chefs of Las Bravas because they were manning the station at one of our other favorites – Da Mama. As to why, I have no clue, but it is a delight to know that there be some good friendships amongst food truckers.

Polpo in a bun
Grilled octopus from Da Mama’s

Desio, March 31 to April 2 – The 3-day event was organized by Street FÜD Festival, and they’re quite good at putting together a nice variety of food and also entertainment for the kids. As always, we check out what’s new before seeking out our usual favorites, and the new discovery this time was La Roulottina, an adorably cute trailer selling galettes and crepes.

La Roulottina food truck

La Roulottina menuThe italian-french menu is reflected in items like Brigette Bardot (brie, walnuts, honey) and Bella Ciao (speck ham, brie, tomato) – both are savory galettes made with buckwheat flour. We ordered Brigitte Bardot – a little messy with the melted cheese and honey, but still very tasty. You can click on the menu at left to get a better view. French bordeaux and rosé were offered on the drink menu as well, so yes, a votre santé! Next time we’ll try the crepes!

La Roulottina
Brigitte Bardot galette, folded to eat as street food (so forget about a fork and knife)

Next, The Meatball Family for sweet potato fries (because I saw a little kid running around with some and he had a happy look on his face). He was like yeah!, and it’s all MINE!

The Meatball Family

There’s a seleciton of sauces to choose from.

The Meatball Family sauces

I want to try making this at home, but as oven-baked fries so there’s less guilt.

TMF sweet potato fries

And lastly, gnocco fritto and prosciutto. It’s among the Top 10 of any true italian food lover’s streetfood list, but it becomes simply tradition with a glass of Lambrusco wine.

Gnocco fritto and prosciutto

A glorious spring day for Street Food

We’ve waited long enough to satisfy our food truck ‘fix’, so here goes round no.1 for a new year and season. The food truck culture has grown to such epic proportions in this country that my sagra and festa Google alerts are being outnumbered by street food this and street food that. This past weekend at Albese con Cassano (Como), we revisited one of our favorite trucks and added some new ones to the roster.

Al Michettino

Of the newbies, there was Al Michettino. The scrumptious sandwiches use a type of white bread called michetta [wikipedia]. While its origins do trace back to Austria, michetta is found especially in Lombardy. There were 4 options for fillings – not a huge choice, but there’s no need when you’ve got quality ingredients. Simple and tasty is what we like.

Al Michettino 'Pulaster'
The Pulaster with chicken strips (marinated in beer and spices), provola and honey. YUM!

Another newbie to us – Pappa’s Cucina Itinerante. The menu was a bit more varied, with both panini and gnocchi to choose from. They also had arrosticini (lamb kebabs) but we couldn’t miss out on the gnocchi with alici, capers, tomatoes, and mint.

Pappa's Cucina Itinerante

Pappa's gnocchi with alici
Gnocchi with alici, capers, tomato and mint

And last but not least, an all-time favorite – Las Bravas. They had me with their patatas bravas that I tried last year, but when I learned that they were also serving padron peppers (when in season), I just had to try some. Wow! Fried and served with chopped serrano ham, they were an absolute treat. We’re both pepper addicts (piccante or not) but you can’t find padron peppers in local supermarkets. Gardeners rave about the flavor and I’ve always wanted to try to grow them but never found the seeds until this year.

Las Bravas muy bueno

Pimientos del Padron
I need more of this dish. Like a BIG BOWL with lots of beer to wash it down. Padron peppers are like crack.

Street FUD at Urgnano Castle – Halloween weekend

Castle Urgnano Street FUD
Castello di Urgnano (just south of Bergamo)

Like I said for the last food truck event, this is probably the final one for 2016 and hopefully I won’t prove myself wrong. It’s not that I’m getting tired of eating stuff dished out of a truck, but with this past 4-day weekend to get out and about, we were more than curious to taste anticucho (peruvian-style beef hearts) and indulge in culatello and gnocco fritto (dough squares fried in lard). We’ve been to a Street FUD festival held next to a villa and that was cool, but this Halloween edition at Urgnano Castle put on the thrills and chills with its very own spooky ghost story. Legend says that at the stroke of midnight between October 31st and November 1st, an old stable groom (who mysteriously vanished sometime in the 18th century) returns to wander through the castle, searching for fodder for his horses.

Anticucho from-Ta' Bueno
Anticucho from Ta’ Bueno. Delicious taco spice flavor and not so tough as I thought they’d be.

Bizzi's Arrosticino
Arrosticini by Bizzi. I will never tire of the fatty bits on these grilled lamb skewers.

Grilled octopus sandwich
The inimitable grilled octopus sandwich from Da Mama!

Culatello and gnocco fritto
Silky culatello and gnocco fritto (heavenly pillows of fried dough) from GNOC & Lambrusc

Toscanaccio
And last but not least, Toscanaccio from BBQ Valdichiana. Chianina beef and Cinta Senese pork burger, porcini cooked in truffle cream, and Pienza pecorino.

Maddie at Castle Urgnano

So far I’ve enjoyed Street FUD’s organization, entertainment program, and locations, but we didn’t stick around for ghost encounters or any of the fun. We did, however, get into the spirit and dressed the Westie as a red devil. I really should get her an agent.