Food Trucks: The Trend Arrives in Westchester
Tacos, pizza, even poutine, are all deliciously roaming County villages
If you’ve never had poutine, visit The Poutine King, who will set you straight.
Think about this the next time you sit in a brick-and-mortar restaurant: Do you want to hand over cash for the time you spend with that painting on the wall? Or how about those linen napkins, or that glitzy granite bar? If all you want to pay for is food, glorious food, then think about hitting the excellent food trucks below.
What would you get if MacGyver had gone to Naples and tuned his talents toward making authentic pizza? You’d get Pizza Luca, a 1952 Chevy pickup with a mobile wood-burning oven welded onto its back. Despite its unorthodox appearance, Pizza Luca spins its pies using echt Neapolitan pizza ingredients that include Caputo “00” flour, San Marzano tomatoes, and imported buffalo milk mozzarella. Find Pizza Luca on pizzaluca.com or follow its circuit via Twitter @pizzalucanyc.
Teca Taco Truck
Whether it’s Little League or a beer league that brings you to New Rochelle’s City Park (also known as Flowers Park), chances are you’ll wind up on the long, snaking line of the Teca Taco Truck. Frankly, you’ll be helpless against the incredible aromas generated by this truck as it cranks out mouthwatering birria (goat), asada (marinated beef), chorizo, and adobado (marinated pork) tacos. You might as well give in like everybody else and just get in line.
123 Union Ave, New Rochelle (914) 235-4802
The Cookery’s DoughNation
lemon ricotta and Bianco pies
One of the impressive facts about DoughNation, The Cookery’s wood-burning pizza truck, is that it delivers an artisanal product in fewer than 90 seconds. Look for all the buttery, homemade mozzarella, house-ground sausage, and pomodoro sauce that you know and love from The Cookery, but this time, it’ll be scattered over miraculously fluffy rounds of tender, wood-fired pizza. (Prices range from $10 to $13.) The truck’s haunts are Westchester’s farmers’ markets, where its owner—and chief pizzaiolo—Chef David DiBari sources many of the pizzas’ hyper-seasonal ingredients. Our favorites on DoughNation’s changing menu are aspargus, ricotta, lemon, and chili; bianco; and the stunning lemon and scamorza pie. But, to be honest, they’re all excellent. To find The Cookery’s DoughNation pizza truck, follow its travels on Twitter or “like” the truck’s Facebook page. Also, this fall, look for The Parlor, a brick-and-mortar Dobbs Ferry pizzeria by DiBari.
The Poutine King
Ok, stick with me here (and if you don’t like it, blame the Québécoise—they invented this dish): Poutine is french-fried potatoes topped with cheese curds and hot gravy. It’s down and dirty, and, being deep-fried, truly bad for you—but, every once in a great while, poutine is the only thing that will do. To find the truck, follow Poutine King on Twitter.
Andrus Park, Yonkers, (347) 245-1089; Twitter @thepoutineking1
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