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Eddie’s Pizza (Italian)

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Food Truck: Eddie’s Pizza

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: Italy

When I first saw the Eddie’s Pizza truck, something felt very, very familiar about it. I later realized that it’s because this is the same Eddie’s Pizza in New Hyde Park (I live in Great Neck, so New Hyde Park is just a stone’s throw away).

Eddie’s pizza in New Hyde Park has been around literally since the 1930’s. One of their innovations was the “bar pie”, a 10-inch pizza that was just the right size and lightness to be eaten as bar food, allowing for bar patrons to imbibe of their potent potable of choice without filling themselves up too quickly with food. Eddie’s “bar pie” came years before so-called chain pizza restaurants came up with the concept of “personal pizzas”.

As luck would have it, the very same bar pie they sell in their restaurant also happens to be the perfect portion for lunch. And so Eddie’s started up their own food truck in Manhattan, one that is apparently so successful that their Web site is mostly dedicated to their truck and barely mentions their 85 year-old restaurant.

When I saw Eddie’s parked at 47th and Park, I decided I definitely had to try it. So I ordered the lunch special which consisted of 1 one-topping pizza, tomato soup, and a soda.

Mind you, these aren’t just some guys in a truck microwaving frozen pizza for you. If you look in the back, they have an actual pizza oven right there in the truck, and they’ll make your pizza to order

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The total process of cooking your pizza takes about 10 minutes–normally an eternity for an NYC food truck, but then again when you consider that you get an authentic oven-baked pizza in that time it makes the wait a bit more bearable. You wouldn’t think this was a great business model, but it works; there were plenty of people ordering the 10″ or the 16″ pizza and waiting patiently as they cooked. And the price was right–you could score an entire pizza for less than the cost of a schwarma platter at the truck next door. Mama mia!

As for the pizza itself, it’s definitely unique and a bit of an acquired taste. When they say it’s a thin-crust pizza they’re not kidding–the crust is literally paper-thin, to the point of it feeling more like a pizza served on a baked tortilla or a piece of crispy flatbread.

 

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To be honest, it’s no replacement for a traditional New York slice, but for the occasional lunch it totally works–the 10″ pizza contains about the same portion as two slices in a traditional New York pizzeria, but the thin crust and the judicious application of cheese and toppings actually make it feel light and satisfying. Not to mention that I was the envy of the office when I walked in with my cute miniature pizza box.

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4 of 5 stars.

Price I paid: $10

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Tricks for fast ordering: You’re here for the pizza, so pick what you’d like–margarita, chicken, arugula, veggie, BBQ chicken, or Eddie’s Favorite.

What to order if you’re a newbie: $10 lunch special–pizza with one topping and a tomato soup.

The menu:

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Eddie’s Pizza

Mamas Heros (American)

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Food Truck: Mamas Heros

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: USA

Next, we go to the USA where a truck called Mamas Heroes. If there were an award for most enthusiastic guys running a truck, this would take it. I went a little later for lunch, at around 2:00 PM and the crowds had dissipated from all the trucks. But these guys were out working the streets, asking every passer-by if they wanted to come buy a sandwich. I figured, what the hey?

As enthusiastic as these guys were they were also just a tad disorganized, and I wasn’t sure if the Oakland A’s hats were part of a uniform or just random stuff they threw on. It took a while to pay and get change.

I asked them what their specialty was and he instantly replied that it was The Heart of New York. According to their menu that’s a homemade chicken cutlet served on baked Italian bread with brown gravy, fried onion rings and crispy turkey bacon. I ordered it, although I realized that the guy forget to ask me about cheese or about my choice of additional sauce, both things which were on the menu.

Looking inside the truck as they were making my sandwich it didn’t seem like they were the model of efficiency. Still, I got my sandwich in six minutes, which wasn’t too bad.

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When I got the sandwich back to the office it was a little bit of a soggy mess, probably because of that gravy. Not sure how much of it was that way when I left the truck and how much happened during the walk back to my office.

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Still, the most important thing is the taste, and I thought the taste was pretty good.  I did enjoy the crunch of the chicken cutlet, but the onion rings and turkey bacon looked like a bit of goop.

While I wouldn’t say it’s top on the list of must-try trucks, but if you’re in the mood for a sandwich, it’s worth a shot.

3.5 of 5 stars.

Price I paid: $12 (for the 12 inch)

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Tricks for fast ordering: If you’re creating your own sandwich, you’re going to want to write it all out based on the menu below. Otherwise, you just need to decide if you want chicken, steak, pastrami, tuna, and turkey/beef.

What to order if you’re a newbie: Heart of New York, but eat it right away.

The menu:

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