When TC checked out the Via Tevere food truck, he wasn’t very impressed. But I’ve heard good things about it so I was quite torn. The other day I was really craving a hearty sandwich and it struck me that Saltimbocca is a sandwich! Redemption time!
Their menu is quite simple, all Saltimbocca, which are wood-fire-grilled sandwiches using the pizza dough that they serve at the restaurant. It’s really cool to see the working wood fire grill in the food truck. The sandwich is wrapped in brown paper, giving it a rustic look.
Of the few items on the menu, I went for the Piccante, which had capicollo, arugula, tomato, fior di latte (fresh mozzarella) and basil mayo. The capicollo was not as salty as the cured prosciutto, while adding a hint of heat to the sandwich. The peppery arugula + tomato + mozzarella combo is classic, a winning combo; the soft, creamy fior di latte just made it even better. It didn’t melt to the point where I could pull strings of cheese out of the sandwich, but having it in a more solid form added richness to the overall texture.
The dough was light, with a toothsome chew that didn’t break the jaw. Overall it was a very good sandwich, and quite satisfying. I think I could even go for the Caprese sandwich next time (yes, the meatless one!! I know!).
For $8.50 (I do think they sell the same thing for $9 at Food Cart Fest), it was a decent portion and perhaps just a bit too much for my appetite. But it should be just right for a guy — or as KB put it, he will get a whole one and take half of mine.
Via Tevere Neapolitan Express
Burrard Street & West Pender Street, Vancouver