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Opening: The Gaztro-Wagon

By Chuck Sudo in Food on May 17, 2010 7:30PM


The street food movement is fast becoming an irresistible force set on a collision course with the immovable object that is the city health code. Matt Maroni, one of the chefs behind, is ready to unveil his own truck next month.

The Gaztro-Wagon will operate under the city's current roach coach guidelines (i.e. food will be prepared and packaged in a separate inspected kitchen) and will be held hot or cold in the truck for no more than four hours. Maroni says this will work perfectly with the wagon's small space and allow him to head back to his standalone storefront in Edgewater to replenish. Maroni's storefront will be able to seat 12, while the truck will make deliveries and offer carry out service.

The Gastro-Wagon will specialize in naan-wiches made from slow cooked ingredients like wild boar belly with fennel, olives, yogurt and shaved red onions; portobello with arugula, goat cheese and crisp shallots; and pork shoulder with radish, cilantro and queso fresco. Sweets will be provided by Fritz Pastry Shop. Maroni will be serving lunch, dinner and a late night menu.

The Gastro-Wagon opens in June at 5973 N. Clark St.