Why you need to go getta some Vanchetta…a rolling rotisserie food truck

11 Jun
Take a gander at this custom built truck...

Take a gander at this custom built truck…

There are food trucks and then there are food trucks, serving up hand crafted, custom made, awesome food. We’re not talking about your standard street food fare, we be talking ’bout Vanchetta, a rolling rotisserie truck that had its soft opening last week in Stamford. When we broke the news to everybody, people were excited…even the owner, Andy Dolan, who said he was a big fan of our blog but was trying to keep things quiet and take things slowly (oops, sorry for that man).

Well, now that it’s public knowledge, we’re ready to share our experience…

Before we get to the food, let’s talk about the truck and how the food is made. First off, we are amazed that Andy built the truck himself over four months in a self storage parking lot. And, it’s even more amazing to know there’s a custom built, one of a kind, Old Hickory rotisserie on the truck right behind the cash register. The chicken they serve is kept on the spit, while their porchetta rolls are roasted then cooled down. Then, when they are ready to serve a porchetta (layers of pork, herb stuffing, and pork belly, rolled up) sandwich, they take off some slices and grill them up for an added flavor burst.

Here's the porchetta sandwich!  Look at it, locked and loaded.

Here’s the porchetta sandwich! Look at it, locked and loaded.

So, when we checked them out this past Saturday, we knew that we were in for something unique. We both wanted the porchetta sandwich, but Dan decided to try the pulled chicken for some variety. Yeah, he took one for the team. Starting off, you’ll find their sandwiches share the base of the Vanchetta Slaw which is made of cabbage, kale, carrots, apples, onions, pepitas, and sunflower seeds tossed in an apple vinaigrette. The slaw adds a nice crunch and a slight tartness to the sandwich, contrasting nicely with the provolone, red onion marmalade, and heaping portions of porchetta. The ciabatta bread is excellent, too, made by Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City. Everything worked together nicely and the porchetta was especially moist and flavorful. One of our favorite parts was the little fatty parts that added that extra unctuous flavor.

Pulled chicken sandwich at Vanchetta food truck

Next up, Dan had the pulled chicken sandwich with the slaw, tomato corn salsa, and garlic mayo. As per Dan, they went light on the mayo. That’s true devotion to food and a chef’s vision because he’s a mayo hatah! We weren’t honestly expecting much from a chicken sandwich, but this sandwich was such a pleasant surprise. The chicken was incredibly juicy, the mayo was nice and not overpowering, and the salsa added some brightness, color, and tartness to the sandwich. On the side we had some slaw by itself, but felt so-so about it. Alone it felt too bland, but on the sandwich it served as a good flavor and texture complement to the rest of the ingredients.

Final Thoughts

For a soft opening week (Andy’s still not sure when he’ll be regular open but will continue the soft part), we were impressed with our sandwiches. The prices were good and they take cash or card, too. The menu is constantly evolving, too, so you’ll always have something new to check out. For example, Andy is working on a rotisserie roast beef that will rival his porchetta and even a lamb sandwich that ain’t so baaaad. Muahahha. Sorry, not sorry.

We wish Andy and Mike (he’s learning the ropes of the rotisserie and even brews his own beer) the best as they go out into the brave world of fancy food trucks popping up all over Fairfield County!  We’re sure they’ll do well!

Vanchetta Food Truck

Noms:  TBD after a second visit, but we recommend

Cost:  $$ (cash or credit is accepted)

Locations:  Stamford as of now, especially The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point

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24 Responses to “Why you need to go getta some Vanchetta…a rolling rotisserie food truck”

  1. Pete lomboghini May 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    I had a porchetta sandwich at a New Haven cherry blossom festival from Vanchetta food truck. My wife and I waited over an hour after being told 15 minutes, we missed the band, the worst tasting mystery meat I ever had in my 50 years of natural life. I am still sick from it 2 months later. Expensive., poor taste, fatty as hell never ever again


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro May 19, 2014 at 7:26 am #

      damn Pete, that’s really sad to hear. So sorry you had that kind of experience. Know you probably wouldn’t want to wait again for another one, but did you tell them how bad it was?


  2. elyann14 June 11, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Oh I absolutely love porchetta… :D


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro June 11, 2013 at 11:00 am #

      You’ll need to try it and let us know how it stacks up to what you’ve had before. :)


      • elyann14 June 11, 2013 at 11:06 am #

        I had the porchetta romana, in Ariccia, which is where it originates from.. it’s a challenge to rise to it ;) But if Vanchetta ever make it’s way to Italy, or… I make my way over there, I definitely would love to try it and see!!


        • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro June 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

          Oh man, that had to be killer! Our favorite food from Italy was this wild boar that we had in Siena. Seriously out of this world!



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