Written by Paige Mcatee Saturday, 12 July 2014 00:00
The word “veloce” in Italian means quick. Just like the word, the mobile pizza setup, Pizza Veloche, provides fresh food for catered events.
Instead of making the pizza inside and serving through a window, counters are set up in front of the truck, and the pizzas are made and served while the customers are watching.
The owner of Pizza Veloche is also the owner of Gino’s Trattoria and Pizzeria in New Hyde Park. Owner Alfredo Vitolo wanted to expand his business with unique off-premise catering.
Gino’s has other locations, in Port Washington and Bayside.
“The food is truly authentic Italian Naples style pizza,” said Vitolo.
Pizza Veloche makes for a memorable experience that everybody loves, according to Vitolo. At events, Pizza Veloche likes to entertain guests.
“We throw the pizza up in the air, and have Italian music playing in the background,” said Vitolo.
The truck is equipped with a brick oven for on-location pizza cooking. Pizza Veloche also provides Italian ice and gelato stations, as well as an espresso machine.
The idea came to Vitolo in 2013, and he quickly made it into a reality.
“We purchased the truck in February 2014, and we had it ready by April,“ said Vitolo.
The truck used for Pizza Veloche is a restored International Harvester KB-5 from 1948. Wooden panels of the truck give it a rustic and traditional look, as if guests are eating out of a pizza truck from the 1940s.
Pizza Veloche has made appearances at kid parties, 50th birthday parties, anniversaries, wine tasting parties, and the Harborfest in Port Washington. It will also be making an appearance at the Cellini Lodge
Italian festival in New Hyde Park from Aug. 13 to 17.
Customers are able to set the menu for their event. They can choose from a variety of gourmet ingredients and toppings, or even make up their own style of pizza.
“People invent their own toppings and we make it for them,” said Vitolo.
This pizza truck will travel anywhere from Montauk to Connecticut,.
“Our crew is very warm and friendly, so when we come to people’s homes we make them feel very comfortable,” said Vitolo.
Gino’s Trattoria and Pizzeria is at 1113 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde park. The phone number is 516-488-1366.
Last Updated (Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00) Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future.
At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district.
The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:15) Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.
“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season.
“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”
But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going.
The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang. The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage.
“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “
But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts.