Checking out ‘Trapizzino,’ the Roman Street Food Spot Opening on Orchard Street

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

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Where kebabs and pizza were once served, a restaurant dedicated to another popular “Roman street food” will soon open. It’s only a matter of weeks, apparently.

As first reported here, principal Luca Vincenzini and partner Nick Hatsatouris will together impart a quick-serve snack shop at 144 Orchard Street called Trapizzino.

A majority of the plywood shed was removed this week to reveal interior progress thus far.

Upon debut later this month, Trapizzino will feature the namesake item, which is essentially a pizza pocket that is, literally and linguistically, a combination of tramezzino (a triangular sandwich served in cafes) and pizza. It’s comprised of “thick, triangular pieces of dough baked separately and then stuffed with a variety of fillings, from traditional pizza toppings to more unusual and gourmet ingredients like braised oxtail, cuttlefish, or tripe.”

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(The snack was invented in 2008 by Stefano Callegari, and first appeared four years ago as part of the Madison Square Eats foodie fest.)

Suppli – rice balls with fillings like pork cheek and tomato sauce, beef ragu, and mozzarella – is also on the menu.

During the liquor license application process – CB3 approved them for beer-wine – Vincenzini admitted that they only want to bring authentic street food from Rome to the area at an affordable price point.

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Kebab House on its death bed, November 2009

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