Friday, June 1, 2018

Little Piazza Food Truck serves Italian eats against all odds

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 9:23 AM

click to enlarge Bill Matney's lasagna sandwich is a top seller. - COURTESY LITTLE PIAZZA FOOD TRUCK
  • Courtesy Little Piazza Food Truck
  • Bill Matney's lasagna sandwich is a top seller.
After a soft opening on Tuesday, May 15, Bill Matney's Little Piazza Food Truck is open for business (see Facebook page for locations). Well, it's Matney and wife Tammy's truck, he's quick to note, but he's the chief operator, as she runs her own business. He's been a chef for almost 30 years now. Locals may remember him from Piazza’s Italian Restaurant of Carefree Circle and Oro Blanco Drive, which shut down some 15 or 20 years ago. Others, from his tenure at the Margarita at Pine Creek, or from the now-defunct Bunz Bakery & Burger Bar. But it's the neighborhood focus of Piazza's Italian that he's trying to channel in this new truck.

To open, he's overcome no small measure of diversity. He bought the truck in late 2017 and was set to open in January. But while on his way to pick up groceries for his soft opening, his car was t-boned, and he was severely injured. Five months later, he was given medical clearance to get back to work, and he wasted no time in reopening the truck.

“It’s incredible, especially when I was only given a five percent chance of surviving to begin with," he says.

The vast majority of his menu is made from scratch, fresh as possible, with only his bread and sausages as exceptions. He sources bread from locals Delicias Bakery, and his sausage comes from Palmer Lake-based Sara Sausage. So far, the best-seller on the menu is his lasagna sandwich. It's a day-old piece of lasagna, set between garlic focaccia and pressed panini-style into something like a grilled cheese sandwich (or a melt, for the hair-splitters). He serves it with raspberry preserves. 

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