Last Friday night Bill and I took a walk around our neighborhood in the rain. It was warm for a light rainstorm and it felt so reviving being in the gentle darkness, breathing in deep cleansing breaths. When we got home I didn’t want to go back inside. I wanted to stay outside forever. So I plopped down in the grass, starfish-style, looking up at the night sky as raindrops sprinkled down on my face. Being the dorky writer that I am, I realized the difference between the definition of “sprinkle” and “drizzle” in that moment. FYI – it’s all in the size and spray pattern.
The grass was soft, like natures blanket. It smelled of earthy mushrooms. It was a moment I wanted to soak in for hours, and I would have if it would have been socially acceptable to look like you’re passed out on your front lawn in the middle of the night.
I was brought back to this moment when I was at the most recent food truck rally on Wednesday evening. It had been raining ever so slightly, the same kind of sprinkle on that magical Friday night. I sat with friends under a beautiful tree in City Park, comfortable on the soft grass beneath us.
My friend Paul commented about loving food trucks, being able to eat dinner in the sun on the grass. I felt like sprawling out on the soft blades to watch the leaves flutter in the rain again, but this time with food in my hands.
I had a similar moment with my friend Jennifer at the food truck rally at City Park a couple of weeks before – sitting in the green, the warm sun on our skin, people watching and having insightful conversation.
By now, long time readers know that I’m one of the biggest food truck fans in town. It’s because of these simple moments that cannot be experienced inside a brick and mortar restaurant – not even on a patio. It is the perfect balance between food and the outdoors in the city – a picnic that you don’t have to prepare for. While the dining is as minimalistic as you can get, the food – simple to make and serve – reflects that balance of nature and quality flavor our dining community strives for.
At both food truck rallies I ate at La Piadina, a truck I’ve had my eye on for quite some time. La Piadina has been running for a little over year by owner Menyus Borocz and his girlfriend Stacy Sevelin. Menyus is also the bassist in Wire Faces. La Piadina has a typical food truck schedule, brewery rounds at lunch and events in the evening. As of today, the CSU lunch contracts have expired and have not been renewed, so you won’t find them there again from this point on.
Jennifer and I chowed down on their piadina sandwiches at City Park, determining that the bread looks like a quesadilla but has the texture and flavor closer to naan. Although it’s an old dish, it’s unique in Fort Collins.
Their ingredients are farm fresh; they even grow arugula and basil from their own backyard garden. Everything is made from scratch – including their cheese, pesto, and marinara. It tastes like an Italian garden in your hand. My first impression after eating there? “La Piadina is probably the most underrated food truck in Fort Collins,” I said at the food truck rally.
I’ve had their “Da Capri” – fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic. I’ve also had their “La Genovese” – fresh pesto, stracchino cheese, and tomatoes. Both were light and refreshing meals with straightforward, uncomplicated flavors. The sandwiches are large, and word to the wise, keep them wrapped as they are. I made the mistake of unwrapping mine for the photo and it’s not as easy to eat. But, when kept in the wrap, it’s the same as eating a Big City Burrito in foil.
I also suggest adding a little bit of their flavored olive oil or balsamic vinegar to add some extra kick. Without it, it’s a mild garden flavor. Adding a little extra is a nice touch of punch.
They also serve San Pellegrino if you’d like a beverage to go with, and let me tell you, this is one of my weaknesses. It is the absolute perfect pairing for a meal in the grass.
A great food truck is able to capture the relaxing feeling of dining al fresco in the flavor of their menu. La Piadina does just this. It’s delicious dining in the gentle breeze with a perfect seat on the lawn. They are the truck that makes you enjoy the small simple pleasures in life – like feeling the sprinkle of rain on your face, and licking fresh pesto from your fingers in the park.
Roaming the streets of Fort Collins
Kid Friendly? Yes! But they won’t be able to eat a whole sandwich, make sure to split it.
Parking: Wherever the truck is parked
Healthy Options? They do have bread options that are vegan/vegetarian safe. The whole concept is pretty healthy to begin with.
Budget Friendly? Average pricing is $7
Recent Health Inspection: Excellent