|Messy G is on the move|
Although Messy Giuseppe was out last season for a few weeks, we only recently caught up with the food truck adorned with the smiling caricature. The joyous man on the truck, running away with a forkful of spaghetti is the original Giuseppe, the grandfather of the truck's owners, Rob and Mike Delmont.
Their signature sandwich, an Italian take on a sloppy Joe, is named after Giuseppe. We sampled that and another of their sandwiches on a recent sunny afternoon.
|The namesake Messy Giuseppe sandwich|
The truck is partially an extension of Cafe Zia, in Roseville, which Rob co-owns with his aunt (or "Zia" in Italian). The brothers are restaurant industry vets and entrenched St. Paul boys. Their grandfather immigrated and settled there.
The truck is often parked in either Mears or Rice park and participates in the newest food truck court to pop up over at Kellogg Park.
The Messy Giuseppe ($6) is a mess of meat piled on a soft, white bun and topped with gooey Provolone cheese. It's a dish full of childhood nostalgic flavors with a little added punch of tomato paste.
The other sandwich we tried was the hot Italian Beef ($7), thin cuts of roast beef, cooked well, and piled on a long ciabatta bun underneath a hefty scoop of giardiniera. Here is where eaters must abandon all hope of not getting messy. The hot giardiniera is full of puckery, pickly, fiery crunch,
|Spicy and sodden in a really good way|
a great pairing with the meat and bread, which quickly sops up all the juices in a flavorful, hearty mix.
Despite being the possessor of a pretty good Philly-style sandwich stoop, there was some spilling. The best way to attack both of these sandwiches is with a fork, a clutch of paper napkins and a little reckless enthusiasm.