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STREEAT at Carroponte part 3: room for dessert

Dessert carts and wagons at STREEAT were few in number compared to the rest of the food truck count, but variety wasn’t lacking for sweet tooths. Choose from gelato, baked treats, cannoli, churros, pancakes, and poff cakes from Chicco Pezzini Caffè Artigianale&Poff Cakes.

Poff cakes are none other than dutch poffertjes. Dusted with powdered sugar for the plain version, or topped with chocolate-hazelnut sauce, whipped cream and strawberries for the famished, Chicco Pezzini made these mini bites uniquely special by upping the glam factor with an irresistibly cute cart painted in Hello Kitty pink.

And lastly, my weakness, the obligatory sicilian cannoli. Made to order with your toppings of choice, Marchese – Cannoli on wheels also packed cannoli to go with a 2-purchase minimum. When we got home I pondored out loud why didn’t we get more than two, to which the MotH replied – I guess we weren’t greedy enough. Buon weekend!


STREEAT at Carroponte part 2: the stick-to-your-ribs stuff

Just get up and dance!

And dance you will when the smoky aroma of the grill hits your nostrils. What’s an outdoor food festival without burgers, pulled pork, pork ribs, and hot dogs? STREEAT organizers had a list of participating trucks posted to their FB, making it easier to figure out the ‘protein du jour’ in advance. Well, easier said than done when there are several items on a menu, so, picking up from the previous post…

5. Porcobrado

Fans (carnivorous ones) of Frances Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun might be tickled to know that the pork served at Porcobrado comes from their own Cinta Senese livestock raised in the hills of Cortona. The pigs live la dolce vita allevata all’aperto (open-air environment) before being turned into deliciousness like this one with a sauce made from the mild-flavored giant garlic of Valdichiana. And if garlic isn’t your thing, other options included Classic without sauce, Piccante with jalapeno, al Vino with syrah, and Chutney with white onion and citrus.

Loved the mild garlicky flavor of this, but had no room to try the rest of the menu 😦

6. Phil’s Slow Smoked American Barbecue

Whenever I see American anything over here I’m always a little dubious. But I had read so many great reviews for PSSAB that I was halfway into being a believer before even meeting them. Their pulled pork with coleslaw, pickled red onion, and bbq sauce is AWESOME (my words exactly when I complimented one of the cooks), so much so that I saved half of it to warm up on the griddle at home and relive the experience. The best kind of deja vu if ever there was. We went back for the spare ribs but they were out (temporarily I’m sure), which only proves Phil’s awesomenessnessness.

7. Primo Sapore

While we were more than satisfied with our protein choices for the day, the idea of digging into a bread bowl stuffed with piping hot pasta and beans was too good for the MotH to pass up. It was that or the saffron risotto with sausage in a cracker bowl, but I promised myself that I would save room for dessert!

Next up…STREEAT at Carroponte Milano part 3: room for dessert

STREEAT at Carroponte Milano part 1: the savory stuff

Food truck groupie. Street food junkie. HELPPP! I think I may need to join a Food Truckaholics Anonymous at the rate I’m going with these roaming chowfests. To say that Italy is sitting on the bandwagon is an understatement, and now that it’s fall, the posse of tricked out vehicles are making the rounds from north to south, and east to west. It’s been said that big is always better, but I had no idea how much better when STREEAT – European Food Truck Festival threw a great big affair this past weekend in Milan.

We didn’t bring the pups with us this time around (dogs have always been welcome at every event that we’ve been to) and that gave us the chance to divide and conquer the 38 options lining both sides of the Carroponte grounds. We tried our BEST, but even stretch pants can only expand so much. WARNING: photo-heavy post, continue at your own risk!

1. Las Bravas

I’ve had their Patatas bravas before and omigod, thought I died and went to heaven. Their Reina de Calamares calamari burger with yogurt aioli is not greasy or heavy, and was a good warm-up to the meaty options that would drive both of us crazy afterwards.

2. Credenza on the Road – Salento Street Food

Take tiny new potatoes, cook them with tender loving care in vincotto (grape must reduction), rosemary, and curry powder, and what do you have?

A taste sensation that will blow away all previous notions of how deliciously versatile the humble spud can be. And cheap at 3.50€. This was so good that I picked up tiny potatoes at the market to try my hand at creating this at home.

3. SlowSud

SlowSud has a fixed location in Milano that offers a larger menu, but for outdoor festivals they take to the road in a groovy little Piaggio Ape. Wonderful arancini and sicilian panini – sublime island flavors in one bite. These guys are among our favorites.

Meat ragu arancino, pane cunzato (tomato, primosale cheese, oregano, basil, anchovy, evoo), and below – paneppanelle, chickpea flour fritters served with ricotta salata and a creamy mint dressing between a bun called mafaldina.

4. L’antica Farinata

I’m fond of anything to do with chickpeas or chickpea flour (think hummus or onion pakora), so naturally, farinata, a flatbread from Liguria, was something we had to have. Sometimes I’ll make farinata at home in the oven or over coals in the Weber, but the best ones are always cooked in a wood-burning oven. Just out of the pan, these hit the spot with a cold beer.

Next up…STREEAT at Carroponte Milano part 2: the stick-to-your-ribs stuff