Downtown Lunch: You Can Always Count on Jiannetto's Pizza Truck
Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (ensuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food.) You can never count on new carts, so when Daniel’s original destination went missing, he fell back on an old Midtown (and Downtown) Lunch standby.
I went down to check out the new pizza truck (supposedly parked on Pine near Broadway) but I’m starting to believe it’s a fantasy, because for the second week in a row there was no pizza truck to be found. I called John John’s actual location in Staten Island and they said they were having some issues with the truck so they haven’t really been there this week, but might be there Friday (meaning today). Good luck with that.
I wanted pizza and I wanted a grandma slice NOW so I had to go check out the old standby Jiannetto’s (on Front and Wall.) Their Midtown trucks are already well known, and I figured it would be a good way to get my fix. Also I thought it would be fun if I turned the tables on my favorite stalker Yvo, who had recently checked out the same pizza.
I’ve never had pizza from a truck before, but in a way it made me think of The Jerk where Steve Martin was eating pizza out of a cup. So for some reason in my mind I was hoping the pizza was going to come in a cup. It didn’t. (Yeah, I’m an idiot.)
The slices are a bit small for $2.75 each so you really need two (at least), which is what I got and was pretty stuffed after finishing both. The crust, as has been reported, was great and I do like that sweet sauce found on the grandma slice. When I first moved to NYC, and tried my first grandma slice, I actually asked the pizza guy if it was his grandmother’s recipe. With a serious face he told me, “Yes it is”, and of course I believed him. (Yeah, I’m gullible.)
I rate this slice as a solid slice which satiated my pizza cravings for the day, but I’m still jonesing to try the John John place to compare. Maybe today will be our lucky day…
Jiannettos, Corner of Front and Wall Street, 917-753-0819
The Midtown location is on 47th btw. Mad+Park (on Vanderbilt)
Post and photos by Daniel Krieger