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Pastranomy Food Truck Adds Pork to Napa Menu, Drops Matzoh Ball Soup

Napa's newest food truck is back at its downtown Napa location Thursdays and Fridays, with a new partner and some unexpected menu additions — including a pulled pork sandwich.

Napa's deli-on-wheels, Pastranomy, has returned from its winter hiatus.

The gleaming food truck, emblazoned with the motto "EAT OR WE BOTH STARVE," is back at its downtown Napa location in the parking lot on the northeastern corner of Clinton and Main streets, across from Azzurro Pizzeria and Shine salon.

Winter hours are currently Thursdays and Fridays, said Jesse Gilbert, a new partner in the deli truck.

"I used to work with Michael Dellar, one of the owners, and they asked me to be a part of it. 

"I'm very blessed," said Gilbert, who said he has merged his own business, Best in Show Hot Dogs, with Pastranomy.

"We're going to specialize in service and really good products," Gilbert said.

Gilbert has introduced some changes to Pastranomy's menu.

The matzoh-ball soup, which he said was time- and labor-intensive to prepare, has been dropped, and several offerings added including hot dogs, hot links, chicken apple sausage and a pulled pork sandwich.

"I'm breaking the rules," Gilbert admitted. "But the pork's really good."

Pastrami, corned beef and roast turkey sandwiches remain on the Pastranomy menu, he added.

Pastranomy is set to be serving in Napa today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and in future weeks will be scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gilbert said.

Saturday, Jan. 25, the truck will be at Concord's Todos Santos Plaza for a festival, he added.

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Belle (Orchid Lady) January 25, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Yay!
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM
The location of this food truck is interesting because two years ago when the City of Napa held meetings to determine food truck regulations they made it very clear that they did not want any food trucks within the downtown area. As always in Napa, it all breaks down to who you know.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 25, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I Like some food trucks. With that said I feel that the concept is simply a novelty. Now this truck, I have and will visit many times over. I just think the food truck business. is like everyone getting into the, hair and nail salon business. It is getting to be an oversaturated market. If you do not have a not just good, but the best product. This business will bankrupt you and fast.
Henri Bridges January 25, 2013 at 06:42 PM
" As always in Napa, it all breaks down to who you know." And also what you are.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 25, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Not sure what you mean by that, Henri, it is rather vague. I will assume you mean what type of food is served. In that case, the City refused to allow trucks to park downtown serving Dim Sum, Sandwich Wraps, Wood-fired Chicken, Sliders, BBQ Meats, Greek Food, Pastries, and of course Mexican Food. Suddenly, there's a truck serving deli sandwiches and hot dogs right on Main Street. Did the policy change or is this type of food an exception?
Belle (Orchid Lady) January 25, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Mmmmmmm.....dim sum and Greek food would be awesome too!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Steve, I think the difference is that Pastranomy is operating on private property, in a parking lot, and not on city streets.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 25, 2013 at 09:35 PM
This could be true, Louisa, but there must be downtown businesses with private parking lots that would allow a food truck to park on premises if the City allowed it. It's just odd that we haven't seen any other food trucks at any location downtown except at Chef's Market. The argument used to be that a food truck had to be a defined distance from brick-and-mortar restaurants, but there are three within 150 feet of Pastranomy's location. I love pastrami and think this truck is an awesome addition, but if the City allows one they should allow more.
Carrie McNamara January 26, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Food is awesome! Name one place west of the Mississippi (ok north of LA) that serves pastrami this delicious. Adds a little world culture to Napa...

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