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.
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Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.
“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”
New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.
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Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.
Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.
“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.
Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.
“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.
From New Hyde Park: Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.
From Mineola: Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.
From Williston Park: Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.
From Garden City: Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.
From Roslyn Heights: Suhani Jain to red belt.
From Uniondale: Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.