When Zach Brooks broke the news on Midtown Lunch that there was a new pizza truck in town, Blondie and I made a lunch date for Monday to try their artichoke pie special. When I arrived to get our slices--the very last two slices, mind you, I was surprised to see what the pie turned out to be...
It was more like a pizza rustica or as my southern Italian peeps would call it, a pizza ghen (pronounced "gain"), not a pizza pie. A childhood spent in New Haven pizza places has lead me to equate pizza with pie, especially when it's coming from a pizza truck. Also, in terms of pizza rustica--ok, can't do it, I'm calling it a pizza ghen from here on out--that's a dish I've really only had during the Easter season when this pie made with a buttery crust, eggs, tons of cheese, and meat usually salami and ham is served up in big honking slices. It's a veritable cardiologists delight, and one slice could hold me over several Easters. So with all that in mind, color me completely surprised to order artichoke pie and receive a couple of slices of a pizza ghen like substance.
Digging into the "artichoke pie" it was a bit salty from the cheese, but not as heavy as pizza ghen's I have known which tended to be much larger and taller slices with more strata. In addition to the artichoke it was studded with salami pieces. The artichoke was a nice touch and I wouldn't have minded some more of it. And overall it was a very pleasant experience, though not one I would have everyday because of the heaviness factor.
Not a "pie" fan? You might still want to check out Papa Perrone's as they are also apparently selling pizza slices and excellent rice balls.
Parked on 55th Street between Madison and Park