Rome’s ‘Trappizino’ Street Food Makes Stateside Debut on the Lower East Side
After much hype across the blogosphere and mainstream, Trappizino finally bowed on the Lower East Side yesterday afternoon. And with it, an authentic taste of Rome’s popular street food.
The idea for the namesake dish – essentially a glorified pizza pocket – was invented in 2008 by Stefano Callegari. Nearly a decade later, principals Luca Vincenzini and Nick Hatsatouris partnered up with the pizza master to import the idea to 144 Orchard Street. This is the first stateside establishment for the novelty food.
Trapizzino out of the gate boasts a menu of fourteen options of trapizzini ($6), with eight varieties offered each day. The restaurant also supplies suppli, rice balls with fillings like guanciale and butternut squash ($3).
The menu dishes are reportedly based on recipes from Callegari’s grandmother. “When you have these old-fashioned recipes, it’s our culture,” he told Eater yesterday. “You can learn something. I think that’s got a strong power.”
144 Orchard previously played host to Goodfella’s Pizza, the Staten Island restaurant that survived five-and-a-half years before closing last September. Its predecessor was late night Halal spot, Kebab House II, which cameoed in the Jonah Hill flick, Get Him to the Greek.