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New Wichita food truck will serve New York-style street food

Greg Pianga, right, is opening a food truck called The Big Apple – NY Style Street Food Truck along with the help of his mom Andrea Pianga, left.
Greg Pianga, right, is opening a food truck called The Big Apple – NY Style Street Food Truck along with the help of his mom Andrea Pianga, left.

Here comes another Wichita food truck.

Greg Pianga, inspired by the once-popular New York Deli his mother ran in Wichita in the 1970s, is about to open The Big Apple - NY Style Street Food Truck. He plans to serve Italian and New York-style specialties like chicken Parmesan sandwiches, lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, risotto bowls, Reuben sandwiches and knishes. He’ll also have a few Lebanese items, like grape leaves.

He hopes to hit the streets by June 1.

Pianga’s mother, Brooklyn-born Andrea Pianga, used to own the Big Apple New York Deli at 13th and Woodlawn. She closed the restaurant in the 1970s and hasn’t been in the restaurant business since.

“She’s been semi-retired,” he said. “She is super excited about it.”

Andrea will be helping her son run the truck, and they’ll serve a few of her former specialties, including her chicken salad and tuna salad.

Pianga has joined the Wichita Food Truck Coalition, he said, and he plans to start attending rallies and setting up in the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park.

His truck will be a bright green, he said, comparing it to the color of the new Chevy Camaro.

Stay tuned for updates on The Big Apple’s first outing.

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