There's a new food truck making its way around town: Pyles of Pasta.
Pyles is the owner's last name, and, as you can guess, pasta is their specialty. Pasta? Out of food truck? That's right - and it's not a totally foreign concept elsewhere.
The truck has been spotted all around town, and most recently, at the CVS on 705, which is where I stopped to get a taste. You can catch them if you keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter to see where they are each day from about 10:30 a.m. until about 3 p.m. AND, they do take cards. Woo!
Mondays: University Town Center (new Medicine building near Walmart)
Thursdays: Mountaineer Mall at Mylan
Fridays: CVS on 705So, I made my way here. The truck was already up and running by 11 a.m. or so (perfect because I'm all about an early lunch), and two very small tables were set up if you want to eat on-site.
The menu has a few appetizers (pretzel sticks, pepperoni rolls, cheese fries, mozzarella sticks), salads, sandwiches and, of course, pasta.
Pasta options include a red pepper penne, cajun alfredo pasta, bacon penne and cheese, whole wheat penne marinara and "Pyles" of pasta penne and meatballs. It was tough for me to not order the last one, since it has the namesake and classic red sauce, but I wanted to try something a little bit different so I went with the red pepper penne: sauteed broccoli and penne pasta tossed with creamy red pepper alfredo. I also got two meatballs on the side.
After only having waited just a few minutes, I was presented with a large box full of pasta. First things first - it's not mushy. It was perfectly al dente. A really lovely presentation - and you know, they say we eat with our eyes. The sauce was creamy, and I appreciated the broccoli for some texture. Breadstick was not an afterthought - it was one of my favorite parts! And the meatballs were very finely ground. Good.
So, I'm always happy to see additions to the food truck scene - and considering I'm a carb proponent, I see this is a solid addition. It's a good alternative for some other lunch options. Might be a tad bit pricier than typical offerings, but check it out and let me know what you think!