Gennarino's Should Be Parked On Your Lawn, Not in an Irving Parking Lot

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Lauren Drewes Daniels
​Today I tracked down the new food truck Gennarino's, which serves Neapolitan-style fried food and is owned by three brothers from Naples, Italy. It's just their second day in business and they were parked between two office buildings in Irving just off of Hwy 161. They'd be parked in Dallas, no doubt, but they can't get the required permits here.

The whole scene made me both happy and sad. Happy because brothers Raffaele, Armando and Alessio were really nice and the food was great. Sad because the remote parking lot they were toiling away in was like putting baby in a corner. They really should be in the spotlight.

I tried several different items on the menu. The Granny's Sunday gravy sandwich had meatballs and pork loin covered in homemade tomato sauce with mozzarella and parmesan. I also tried several of their "small bites," including a risotto ball made with Bolognese sauce and another with mushrooms. The most interesting was a timballo rosso, which is fried spaghetti and meatballs.

Today, for an appetizer, they were giving out zeppoline salate, which are simply fried dough bites served with a side of their homemade marinara sauce. These were simple and heavenly.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels
Arancino Rosso - fried risotto ball made with Bolognese sauce
They told me their marinara sauce is made from scratch daily, "Just like Mom used to make it."

The ambiance was obviously lacking though. As hard as I tried, I just couldn't channel the Naples street-food scene. But they've only just begun and I'm sure they'll figure out the angles to getting some better spots.

On Wednesday they'll be back in Irving at 600 E. John Carpenter Fwy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at 7720 N MacArthur from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Check out their facebook page for daily updates.


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Guest
Guest

I had lunch with them on Wednesday and the food was fantastic.  Their homemade tomato sauce is a winner for sure.  They are in business to stay and grow for sure.  Interesting these young Italians do not mind work, they know what they have to do and are willing to make the sacrifice and pay the price.  Too bad our young Americans have missed the lessons of good work ethics and sacrifice.  And, they are working diligently learning the language without all the profanity involved. They get an A+ in my book.

Priya
Priya

Today was hoping on the MacArthur just south of 635 lot.  They have great food and their personalities make the ambience :)  Keep it up!

bruce
bruce

I went today and got a Granny's Sunday Gravy Sandwich and an arancino rosso. That is one good fucking sandwich. I really liked the fried risotta ball, too. Thanks for giving me the heads-up on this place. I plan on conquering the whole menu.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

A story about a food truck in the City of Ate......I can't believe it!  They could serve hammered dogsh#t, and ya'll would right about it.  My theory still stands- this blog is ONLY for the authors to show how fantastic and "foodie" they are.  Want to do a story?  Do a story about El Pueblito or Joe's Pizza in Plano.  Not everyone is a tollway troll or trendy denizen in a downtown lair.  Metrosexual much?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

These guys need to be in both Dallas and Ft. Worth proper, what the heck is holding up their permit??

Peacelovecheese
Peacelovecheese

I wouldn't say that this family-owned and operated, hand-painted, Irving food truck is downtown... or a hangout for "tollway trolls" ;) I think you'll like it if you try it! If you don't, let us know!

Coleman
Coleman

omfg, why do they even have internet in the suburbs?

Kris121
Kris121

I think they said yer mamma is holding up the permit; along with a sign that says "Will Work for Beer!".  Do they serve Shiner on that rickety ole rig?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

because you going to need internet when you move here Coleman!

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