First and only Orange County Argentine food truck. Since November 2009 the Chimichurri Truck has been serving empanadas, skirt steak tacos, chimichurri, sausage and lomito sandwiches, steak and chimi fries, dulce de leche. Chef Piaggio on board at your service!
It started with the empanada…
Chef Piaggio has been making his signature Argentine empanadas for almost 30 years. The recipe, from a remote little town in the middle of the vast pampas, was passed on to him by his uncle’s aunt Mary, and remains one of the tastiest Argentine recipes of the hundreds of empanadas recipes around.
Piaggio develops a tropical beat…
In 1982 Piaggio took this little tasty recipe to Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. There he introduced the empanada to his restaurant patrons in Praia do Forte, then a nascent eco-resort favored by vacationing Brazilians and Europeans.
During his twelve years in Bahia, Piaggio perfected the meat grilling techniques that are his trademark and he incorporated the Afro-Brazilian cooking styles and tastes of the area into his evolving cuisine.
The empanada comes to California…
The empanada followed Piaggio to California where it was the star of his California Rice and Empanada Factory restaurant in Laguna Beach. That tasty turnover became the mainstay item in his subsequent Argentine and Brazilian steakhouses and continues to be a crowd pleaser.
How it all evolved into a taco truck…
Chef Piaggio thrives in fusing his Argentine roots with the food culture of his adopted land. With Piaggio Gourmet on Wheels, he has taken the three main taste sensations from Argentina (the empanada, skirt steak and chimichurri), combined them with his expertise in cooking meats, and then blended all with the taco culture of California.
The result is that Piaggio on Wheels is delighting fans with taco, burrito and quesadilla creations, as well as introducing them to the lomito sandwich, the choripan made with traditional Argentine sausage, the chicken milanesa a caballo and the ever-popular chimuchurri sauce.
And because Piaggio likes to throw more taste into the mix, there is the occasional seafood rice made with octopus (Brazilian seafood paella), bolinhos de peixe with coconut milk (fish cakes), and the ensopada de peixe (seafood stew). And always…the empanada.
What’s in store for the future…
For now, Piaggio is cooking up new delights every week for his loyal followers. The hardworking Piaggio on Wheels truck will be covering Orange County for lunch and late night, special events, and private functions.
Since Piaggio is an expert at pairing Argentine wines with food, he will be putting together unique food offerings and pairing them with special wines at your request.
Love and Empanadas!