Missing from El Paso’s growing food truck scene was a non-pizza Italian option. This summer, Mamma Gia has filled that void, serving up fresh, fast Italian food. Pastas, pizzas and a sandwich option rotate regularly. If you’re lucky, Chef Beto Merkel might have arancini on the menu. Arancini is Sicily’s answer to the ultimate comfort food snack. Mamma Gia’s version combines arborio rice (commonly used in risotto) with ham, cheese and peas or mushrooms; the mixture gets rolled into a ball, breaded and deep-fried.
Organic, perfectly al dente pastas come made to order and piping hot. Spaghetti carbonara is a favorite with bacon, cream, egg yolk and Brussels sprouts. Other pasta dishes include pomodoro (marinara and parmesan), vodka tomato cream sauce served with smoked salmon and matriciana (bacon, marinara, cream, parmesan). Sandwiches are served on ciabatta bread with housemade potato chips. The Porchetta tops roasted pork with caramelized onions, pickled zucchini and truffle aioli, while the Firebird stacks mozzarella, hot salami and pepperoni on roasted chicken that’s been brined overnight. Individual-sized pizzas come as classic as pepperoni and mozzarella or as elegant as a goat cheese-mozzarella pizza topped with fresh tomato, arugula and spinach.
Perfect for football season, Mamma Gia is offering stromboli platters with your choice of ingredients and delivery available to the westside. This food truck can usually be found performing with the Food Truck Circus or at La Vina Winery’s Sunday market. Sipping on wine while eating cozy Italian food al fresco sounds like the perfect Sunday.
Location varies, 915-525-4363, Find them on Facebook & Instagram, Vegetarian friendly, $5-9.