This one-of-a-kind food experience is the brainchild of co-founders Anthony Fratianne of Maine and Italian-born Edoardo Giacone. Both passionate about good food, where it comes from, and entrepreneurial business, they bonded over a great meal and an especially fragrant white truffle while Fratianne was visiting the Renaissance Villa & Hotel of Giacone and his wife, Italian architect Elena Foccoli in December of 2017, Villa Armena. The Villa has become home base for operations and menu creation. By May of 2018 the Truffle Truck opened in Portland, Maine.
Rather than typical street food offerings, The Truffle Truck focuses on traditional dishes of Italy that feature upscale ingredients like the elusive Italian truffle, fresh egg pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and local, seasonal produce and ingredients.
The idea of marrying Italian cuisine, Italian truffles, and Maine's fresh local ingredients, resonated so deeply with the two men that within a week the company was formed and the trademark was filed.
“I'm a little biased, but Italian food is the best because it's about very simple, seasonal, local ingredients and bringing people together,” said Fratianne, an Italian-American and Portland resident who grew up enjoying his grandmother’s Italian meals.
Offering dishes of a quality often only enjoyed in Italy, made with local and seasonal ingredients was at the cornerstone of the idea when they enlisted Italian born and classically trained executive chef Corrado Cassoni of Northern Italy. Chef Corrado, with his world class culinary background, created the Truffle Truck menu.
The Truffle Truck team has worked diligently to get quality Italian brands like Farrarelle Water and Urbani truffles on board as secured suppliers. With plans to launch more Truffle Trucks across major US cities, the team feels its important to first get it right in their home state.
“We know Maine, and the wonderful local bounty of foods available here that will blend perfectly in Italian recipes, and we want that reflected on our menu,” said Edoardo Giacone. “We think food lovers here are ready for really great, truly authentic Italian food at prices you’d find in Italy, but that feature local ingredients of their area and this will be the plan with our next trucks outside of Maine as well.”
You can find the Truffle Truck driving around Maine and Northern New England on the FIND THE TRUCK page. If you would like to hire the truck for a special occasion or private event, please contact the truck.