Sandwiches with an Italian flair! That was my instant impression of the Steak Portobello Sandwich ~ my latest discovery served at Pranzo’s Sandwich Truck.
Offering a heartier and fresher twist on a traditional Philly cheese steak Pranzo’s specializes in a variety of Italian inspired sandwiches.
Today’s selection starts with a generous wedge of Ciabatta bread. Ciabatta in Italian simply translates to slippery bread. A staple in Italian delicatessens the Italian white bread it typically made with wheat flour and yeast then shaped into a flat, elongated loaf that when sliced across the middle makes perfectly for sandwiches.
Pranzo’s takes the split loaf and spreads it with a generous portion of roasted red bell pepper aioli (a creamy mayo based sauce). Next they begin building the sandwich starting first with a meaty grilled Portobello mushroom cap followed by several slices of paper-thin roast beef.
The intense smoky flavor of the beef and mushroom marries perfectly with the caramelized onions finally finishing the sandwich with a slice of mozzarella cheese creating a complete “Philly Cheese Steak” persona.
Creamy in consistency, the melted mozzarella melds and intertwines with the steak, mushroom and onions creating a combination that you’ll want to take your time to slow down and savor.
But hold on… the sandwich isn’t complete, not yet ~ while the beef, mushroom, onion and cheese combo rests comfortably on one side of the thick roll on the opposite sits a generous portion of fresh Arugula greens that’s dressed with a lemon and olive oil vinaigrette.
I so appreciated the addition of aromatic salad greens believing it made the sandwich less heavy and a little healthier – at least I thought so.
For $8 Pranzo’s offers a robust sandwich that’s full of flavor and could easily tide you over to dinner without feeling stuffed. As a matter of fact, I believe you could easily split the sandwich, share it with a friend and still remain quite satisfied.
If you can manage such an arrangement I believe you’ll find it an added bonus because it will afford you the opportunity to sample other items like the Fried Ravioli with Marinara sauce.
When I spotted this item on the menu [listed directly beneath my sandwich selection] I deemed the option predestined as I found the side dish a fitting compliment to the Portobello steak sandwich.
An alternative to french fries the ravioli’s were light and airy. Filled with ricotta cheese and seasoned with fresh herbs the filling is finally stuffed inside pasta discs joined together to create little pillows.
Pranzo’s drops them in a fryer instead of traditional boiling water and cooks them until golden brown.
The frying process creates a crunchy shell turning the pasta into cheesy chip that if you’re not careful could become easily addictive.
An order of Fried Ravioli ($4) includes about six pieces that’s accompanied by tangy red Marinara sauce and a fresh leafy spring green salad. For the best dining experience I suggest diving in while the pasta is still hot, dipping each one in the sweet tomato sauce that’s seasoned with fresh basil.
As I mentioned earlier I thought the Ravioli an awesome alternative to French fries, but if you prefer to indulge the truck serves them as with Garlic – Basil Aioli (mayo based sauce) I opted for a happy medium and requested to have garlic sauce served with my order in addition to the tangy Marinara sauce, I was pleased with my choice.
The sweetness of the basil rounded out the savory ricotta cheese perfectly truly making this side dish a unique treat. If you like creamy garlic sauces I can’t recommend this combination highly enough.
A Sweet Finish:
Of course no meal is complete at least as far I’m concerned without having something a little sweet at the end and Pranzo’s didn’t disappoint with their Sweet Pastelitos ($4) for an order of three.
Pastelitos are similar to Ravioli but the way their prepared they’ll remind you of Chinese Wontons; but instead of pork or chicken, this decadent dessert alternative is filled with bananas and Nutella!
I don’t think I need to go much further after that description, but I will.Pranzo’s uses wontons wrappers filled with all of the fore-mentioned ingredients before encasing then briefly deep-frying until crispy and golden brown. For the final touch their lightly dusted with snowy white icing sugar.
I absolutely forbid you to try these unless their fresh and hot because it’s the only way you’ll truly appreciate the preparation.
Think – warm gooey banana infused Nutella (a chocolate – hazelnut spread) oozing from a crunchy pocket creating a flavor sensation in your mouth that I guarantee will make these sinfully addictive.
Additional Menu Items Not To Be Missed:
NoNo’s Prosciutto Sandwich ($8) – Thinly sliced Italian ham, fresh mozzarella, baby spring green and tomatoes layered onto Ciabatta bread spread with creamy mayo.Turkey Sandwich ($7.25) – Hickory smoked and oven roasted turkey, mozzarella, bacon, baby spring greens, mustard, mayo and tomato.
Pesto Chicken Sandwich ($7.25) – Grilled marinated chicken breast, caramelized onions, red bell pepper and pesto – mayo.
These are just a few menu options available not including their specials which are updated daily.
To see the complete menu and to locate the current schedule I suggest visiting the web site or the trucks Facebook page.
The motto printed on the side of Pranzo’s truck says it all: “Worth Every Bite”, indeed.
Where to find them:
Stitch gives Pranzo Gourmet Sandwiches Truck four plates.