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.
Of the newbies, there was Al Michettino. The scrumptious sandwiches use a type of white bread called michetta [wikipedia]. While its origins 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.
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.
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.
I need more of this dish. Like a BIG BOWL with lots of beer to wash it down. Padron peppers are like crack.
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. Delicious taco spice flavor and not so tough as I thought they’d be.
Arrosticini by Bizzi. I will never tire of the fatty bits on these grilled lamb skewers.
The inimitable grilled octopus sandwich from Da Mama!
Silky culatello and gnocco fritto (heavenly pillows of fried dough) from GNOC & Lambrusc
And last but not least, Toscanaccio from BBQ Valdichiana. Chianina beef and Cinta Senese pork burger, porcini cooked in truffle cream, and Pienza pecorino.
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.
Fresh figs, ricotta, and Parma prosciutto from Pantura.
This is probably the last food truck outing for the year so I’ll make this short and sweet. In just a few months we’ve visited most of the trucks on our “must” list. From lampredotto (cow stomach) to pulled pork sandwiches, and more beef and pork burgers than my doctor would advise, we’ve tasted some really great food at these outdoor events.
N’duja and stracciatella cheese from Pantura.
Fall weather has been a succession of damp, dreary days so when the skies parted this past Sunday, nothing could keep us from The Big Food Festival in Alzano Lombardo. How’s this for an instant mood lifter: hot chocolate, whipped cream and churros just out of the fryer. Yum!
Kudos to Eskimo Pastry Food Truck for serving such a great spanish treat!