Ok, Ok. I know that the purpose of this blog is to review restaurants and other edible things around the city of Dallas but we are going to change it up a little. Another new food truck has hit the streets and they go by Gennarino’s! Although they mainly set up shop in Irving, Gennarino’s has special approval from the city of Dallas to hit the festivals that so often grace our city.
Gennarino’s is authentic Italian food. To be honest, it is about as authentic as you can get considering a team of three dark haired Italians with thick accents run this truck. Gennarino’s is everything you would expect from a traditional Italian restaurant: the food, the colorful art and of course the insanely loud Italian men! Brothers from Naples anyone?
I tried Gennarino’s during their opening week, a fete that hasn’t historically gone so well for some other new trucks on the scene (ehem, The Butcher’s Son) and was absolutely blown away. The service is great and the food is even better, an amazing accomplishment for only being open a few days when I ventured out of my bubble to Irving.
I was fucking starving so clearly I needed to try three things. Sorry, I’m not sorry. I chalk it up to having to several things for “work” reasons. Let me just start by saying, practically everything on this truck is fried. Fried food is my porn and so when I took one glance at this menu I felt like a 12 year old boy who got his grubby little hands on a copy of Playboy. Not only is there a whole lot of fried heaven but they also have house-made Mozarella. Seriously? I think we just upgraded to Hustler.
Naturally, I had to start with the “Arancino Rosso,” the tomato risotto ball that City of Ate recommended by tweeting that once you tried one of these balls you would want Gennarino’s to park on your front lawn. Meh. It’s not that the arancino rosso was bad in the least, but it didn’t make me want to suddenly have a white trash bash and park a car food truck on my front lawn. One fried item is never enough so the “Timballo Rosso” had to be ordered next. What is timballo rosso exactly? So glad you asked! Handheld spaghetti and meatballs. I repeat, HAND. HELD. SPAGHETTI. AND. MEATBALLS. Gennarino’s must stand for genius in Italian because this is the best thing I’ve put in my mouth in a long time – (Yall are such perverts). The timballo rosso is like spaghetti pie on crack, rolled into a ball and then fried to perfection. I’m going to ruin my computer with the puddle of drool that’s coming out of my mouth so please just go and let this little nugget murder your mouth so I don’t have to keep thinking about it.
I couldn’t leave without some of that house-made mozzarella so DER, I ordered a caprese panini. I wouldn’t exactly say that it was a panini, it was actually a fresh roll with some stuff in the center. Whatevs. The fact that this mozzarella was as smooth as cream cheese made me momentarily slip into a depression and ponder what the hell the so-called “mozarella” I have been eating my entire life really was. The tomatoes on the caprese sandwich panini were marinated in pesto, like, for a long time. This is the shit only an Italian could pull off – I mean really! Cheese like this doesn’t exist in real life Dallas. Neither does the bread that tastes like it fell from the pearly gates of Heaven. Hell, the tomatoes even taste better than anything us mere peasants could come up with.
As if Gennarino’s couldn’t get any better, a LARGE list of the menu items are available gluten-free, vegetarian and even vegan. So sexy. I’m ready to change my relationship status on Facebook and you should be too after going here.