The Pranzo Pizza Truck Attempts to Replace Jiannetto’s as Best Grandma Slice
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then the new Pranzo Pizza Truck that recently popped up on 55th & Park is a really complementary outfit. My guess is the Jiannetto’s Pizza Truck doesn’t see it that way. It’s one thing to build your own truck and serve pizza out of it. It’s another thing to copy another truck’s entire concept, down to the design of the menu.
On the other hand, you have to admit- it’s pretty ballsy to start a pizza truck 4 blocks away from New York City’s most famous pizza truck. It must be good, right? Not entirely trusting their own “Best Grandma Pie” proclamation painted on the front and back of the truck, I decided to try it for myself. As skeptical as I was, you know I can’t resist food out of a truck!
The pizza pie porn, and +/- after the jump…
The one difference between the two trucks, and the major thing working in the Pranzo truck’s favor is that they have regular circular cheese pizza. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same menu. They also have a special topping pie available each day. The day I was there it was vegetable pizza. I figured it only fair to judge the place based on their standard pies, and ordered the lunch special. $5 gets you two plain slices and a soda, and they allow you get one slice of grandma and one slice of regular cheese pizza if you want.
Both slices had a very crispy crust, which I am not a huge fan of. This might have been a one time thing, but my hunch is this is the way they like it. The sauce was tasty, but it didn’t carry the grandma slice the way Jiannetto’s sauce carries their version. I love cheese, and if you are not going to put a thick layer of cheese on top of your pizza, you better be sure your sauce is out of this world. For cheese lovers, who want to eat pizza out of truck, Pranzo is a windfall- because they do offer regular cheese pizza- and $5 for two slices and a soda is a pretty good deal in Midtown. For my money, I prefer the 99 cent pizza (but not everyone works near Grand Central).
All in all, I’m not exactly sure why these guys set up so close to Jiannetto’s. I don’t think they are going to pull too much business away from those guys, and would have done much better if they could have found a space somewhere on the West side of Midtown- which doesn’t have pizza out of truck as of yet (Jiannetto’s tried for a few days, but then gave up after being kicked out of their spot on 48th btw. 6+7th).
If you work right next door to this truck and don’t want to walk more than a block for lunch, you love crunchy crust pizza, of you want a slice of regular cheese pizza out of truck- Pranzo is your only option. For everybody else, I’d recommend sticking to Jiannetto’s or your local pizza pie option.
- How can more pizza out of a truck be a bad thing? (I love food in trucks!)
- They offer regular cheese slices
- $5 for two slices and a soda, is a pretty good deal for Midtown
- If you like really thin crunchy crust, this is your place!
- They are four blocks away from Jiannetto’s, and their Grandma’s slice is not as good (unless you prefer a really crunchy crust)
- Their sauce is not as good as Jiannetto’s
- If you don’t like really crunchy crust, you won’t like this place.
Pranzo Pizza Truck, 55th St. & Park Ave., 347-368-7042