The Prince of Venice Food Truck isn't just a clever name, it is owned by an actual Prince. Owner Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia is the grandson of Umberto II, the last reigning king of Italy. Emanuele's passion for pasta and love of Los Angeles brought him to open L.A.'s only pasta focused food truck back in 2017.
Now, after much success from the truck, Emanuele is looking to expand the brand with the first brick and mortar location coming to Venice, naturally. The fast casual concept is headed to Main St. and will officially debut in mid-May. Emanuele's goal is to feature a Pasta laboratory and serve a variety of Roman style pizzas, salads and Italian sandwiches.
"I wanted to create a gourmet, fast casual Italian pasta shop with authentic recipes matched by equally high-quality ingredients," says Filiberto. "The concept is to make a variety of fresh pasta in front of our customers and essentially take them inside our kitchen."
Importing some of its ingredients from Italy, such as flour, olive oil or truffles, Prince of Venice sources most from local Southern California farms, focusing on organic produce, cage-free eggs and free-range meat. The menu will regularly rotate based on the availability of fresh and seasonal items, from produce such as zucchini and eggplant to luxury ingredients like black or white truffles.
Loyal customers will be treated to several new pasta dishes but be delighted to know that favorites from the truck will also be available. Truffle addicts will love the Maccheroni Tartufo, topped with house made truffle butter, light cream sauce and fresh black truffles. Curry is not one of those things one associates with Italian cooking but POV's Pasta al Pollo & Curry combines their housemade light cream with curry and is topped with organic chicken, a dish not to be overlooked and soon to be your next craving. A fan-favorite is the ever popular Conchiglie alla Norma made with farm-fresh eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, basil and dried ricotta cheese. Pasta lovers who enjoy protein in their bowl can opt for the Maccheroni alla Carbonara made with cured pork guanciale, cage-free eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese and fresh black pepper. When it comes to pasta with meat sauces, the Maccheroni alla Bolognese is the heavyweight champion.