Gennarino’s is bringing not only Italian food but Italian culture to the Metroplex. Their hand painted truck is a piece of artwork that would make the most well known Italian artists proud. Gennarino’s logo represents the city of Naples, itself; the first “N” is the same logo as the Naples soccer team, the “I” is a corniciello or horn that is the symbol of good luck and the last “O” represents the sun that shines over Naples. Each of the pictures also represents a piece of Naples with a painting of Pulcinella, a figure in Neapolitan theater, Mount Vesuvius the active volcano that sits next to Naples and San Gennaro, the patron Saint of Naples for whom the truck is named.
The food served by Gennarino’s transports diners to the streets of Naples. On this first visit, I had the Granny’s Sunday Gravy Panini. A sandwich made with beef pieces, pork loin, tomato sauce and mozzarella. The meat was extremely tender and the sauce and cheese extremely flavorful.
I followed the sandwich with a dessert of chocolate zeppalone, or chocolate donuts. The dough was light and soft while the topping of chocolate sauce and powdered sugar added just right sweetness.
My friends who attended Gennarino’s with me had an assortment of items: The pizza fritta, or fried pizza, which is a specialty of the truck, lasagna, fried spaghetti, fried fettuccine alfredo, and a fried rissota ball.
Everyone loved their items and several people made a second order before leaving. I regret that I did not get a picture of the Italian cream sodas. The reason for this is that no one in my group would put their glass down long enough for me to get the picture, to say the sodas were a hit would be an understatement.
Overall, Gennarino’s was a success, as judged by the people in my group. I highly recommend you visit as soon as possible and allow Gennarino’s to transport you to the streets of Naples for your lunch or dinner hour.