As if L.A.’s food truck scene couldn’t get any better, Nonna’s Kitchenette is rolling into town to mix things up. Lisa, Jessica, and Jaclyn, the three girls behind the counter, have reinvented their grandmother’s prize-worthy Italian recipes to bring a modern twist to their old-time favorites.
Straight outta Jersey, these ladies don’t mess around. The menu speaks for itself, and will have your mouth watering in a heartbeat. Their “Cannoli French Toast” for example, is crusted in cannoli shells, with homemade cannoli whipped cream & chocolate shavings. Sound bad? We didn’t think so.
Nonna’s girls have got you covered for every meal of the day, too. How does fried butternut squash and pancetta ravioli topped with sage honey sound? What about wild mushroom, Fontina, and white truffle oil Arancini with vodka cream sauce? And to top it off, you might as well throw in a Gelato Sandwich while you’re at it. This is a serious Situation that’ll be Shore to satisfy your taste buds.
Nonna’s Kitchenette made waves at this year’s L.A. Street Food Fest, serving what we thought was one of the best samplers at the entire event: Maple-encrusted crostini French Toast topped with vanilla bean cream and sautéed prosciutto. Not sure why this isn’t on their permanent menu; it’s that good. Imagine the best French Toast you’ve ever had, but about a thousand times better. They weren’t kidding when they said “maple encrusted.” The outside was crispy and sweet, while the inside was warm and soft. The prosciutto added unexpected pizzazz, and brought out the Italian essence of the treat. The vanilla bean cream, smooth and rich, was a unifying element, balancing out the intense flavors. Now don’t you wish you were there?
Root for Nonna’s Kitchenette on this season of The Great Food Truck Race, premièring on The Food Network August 19th! You won’t see them around too often yet, but we think they’re the next best thing that’s happened to L.A. food trucks. Look out Jersey; they’re coming for you, too.
by Sienna Mintz