Hoboken Food Truck Vito’s Lotsa Pasta to be Featured on Cooking Channel’s ‘Eat Street’

The Cooking Channel will feature Vito's Lotsa Pasta truck of Hoboken, seen here during the St. Patrick's Day parade, on tonight's "Eat Street.'' Adam Robb/For The Jersey Journal

By Adam Robb | The Jersey Journal

The Cooking Channel will feature Vito's Lotsa Pasta truck of Hoboken, seen here during the St. Patrick's Day parade, on tonight's "Eat Street.'' Adam Robb/For The Jersey Journal

Tonight at 8 p.m. on the Cooking Channel — unless you have Cablevision, it’s on your box — the food truck documentary series “Eat Street” will feature Hoboken’s own Vito’s Lotsa Pasta truck, the hearty Italian alternative to the Mile Square City’s Taco Truck and vegan vendor Cinnamon Snail.

The truck — operated by Vito Gigante, a full-time Hoboken police detective and son-in-law of Police Chief Anthony Falco — has been serving residents since last spring, providing lunch and dinner and catering.

And, unlike it’s competition, it offers free delivery, should their profile tonight inspire you to order in.

For local trucks struggling for business and attention, Vito’s appearance last fall was fortuitous, being spotted last September on Facebook by the show’s producers. Now a year in, he’s only just joined Twitter.

But while his heart isn’t in promotion, it’s always been in cooking.

“The cooking comes from growing up in restaurants,” Gigante told us on a break from training at police headquarters earlier this afternoon.

The foodie detective grew up working the front of house of local restaurants like La Traviata in Bayonne, as well as in Hoboken and Garfield, learning the business while working through high school and college.

“I always wanted to open up a restaurant,” he said. “I guess this is a steppingstone for it.”

And while he’s looking beyond Hoboken to make that dream come true, the recipes he’s inherited from his great-grandmother are keeping the truck busy.

“It’s still a process, it’s not easy,” Gigante admits. “I’m the one who does all the running around, getting the food, the produce. It’s just me and my wife.”

For Gigante’s wife, it’s been an education not just in running a business but learning her husband’s family recipes. It wasn’t until he married, 10 years ago, that Gigante  took an interest in home cooking, specifically making his own sauces.

After developing the truck’s menu, all Gigante had to do was figure out where to park. Behind that success, there was no secret.

“I just went where all the other trucks are going,” Gigante confessed.

Vito’s Lotsa Pasta Truck is parked at First and Sinatra for lunch — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — and  14th & Shipyard for dinner — 4 to 9 p.m. — Monday through Friday.

This Sunday, they’ll be at the third annual Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair.

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