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Faces of UNH food trucks

Silver Sands Pizza

Students order food at the Silver Sands Pizza food truck. Photo courtesy of Horseshoe Magazine/Charlotte Bassett.


Drawing in long lines of students during their 4:30-8 p.m. dinner slot on the Celentano patio, Silver Sands Pizza is quite the mobile pizza restaurant. Their massive wood-fired ovens in the truck allow for pizzas to be made in just 90 seconds, giving students and guests who rent out the truck their own personal pizzas to enjoy. Since 2011, their two restaurants in Milford and Wallingford have made a name for themselves, and the addition of the Silver Sands food truck catering service in 2015 has only expanded their customer reach. Despite the constant hustle and bustle going on inside the truck to cook your pizza to perfection, you’ll always be greeted with a smiling face ready to take your order.


Taste of Grill

Taste of Grill worker looks out from the food truck. Photo courtesy of Horseshoe Magazine/Charlotte Bassett.


Taste of Grill worker talks with a student at the food truck. Photo courtesy of Horseshoe Magazine/Charlotte Bassett.


Another fan-favorite is the Taste of Grill food truck. Whether it’s noon or 7 p.m., this famous Halal Mediterranean menu is sure to serve strong flavors and amiable service. If you’re ever craving Taste of Grill but it’s not on the line-up for food trucks that day, make sure to try out their restaurant location on Atlantic Street in Stamford, Conn.


Zuppardi’s Apizza

Zuppardi’s Appiza worker serves pizza for a student. Photo courtesy of Horseshoe Magazine/Charlotte Bassett.


Although they serve slices of pizza instead of full personal pizzas like Silver Sands, Zuppardi’s has had an established presence in New Haven since 1932. Zuppardi’s was originally started as Salerno’s Bakery in New Haven by Dominic Zuppardi, a master bread baker from the southern coast of Italy (how more authentic can you get?). Soon after the restaurant’s establishment, Dominic’s son Anthony took over the business in the late 1940’s and changed the name to Zuppardi’s Apizza, symbolizing the Italian word “abeetz,” meaning artisan Italian breads. Anthony made the restaurant and food truck what they are today by changing the menu to pizza only instead of breads, allowing him to add a variety of meat and vegetable toppings, including homemade Italian fennel sausage. Proceding Anthony are the children and grandchildren who keep the traditional ways of Zuppardi’s alive to this day. If you can’t get enough of the food truck, try out their locations in West Haven, Ansonia and Derby.


Liberty Rock Tavern

Liberty Rock Tavern workers look out from the food truck. Photo courtesy of Horseshoe Magazine/Charlotte Bassett.

With accolades such as 2017 CT Magazine’s “Best Pub Grub” and 2019 “Best Food Truck,” this fairly new restaurant and food truck won’t be going anywhere soon since anyone could easily attest to the friendliness of the staff for every order. Not only is the service quick but the fan favorite menu item does not disappoint. Their classic, or “O.G.” chicken sandwich cannot be considered handheld due to its massive piece of fried chicken loaded with delicious toppings between the thickest and most buttery pieces of bread imaginable. While it’s not the best thing to eat before practice, it’ll be sure to cover you for lunch and dinner. Like many of our other featured food trucks, you can find more of Liberty Rock Tavern at their original location going on seven years strong in Milford.


Fork in the Road

Fork in the Road workers take students’ orders. Photo courtesy of Horseshoe Magazine/Charlotte Bassett.

Fork Yeah!

Our last food truck feature is the comfort food galore known as Fork in the Road as well as their cheese themed truck, For the Love of Cheese Us! The company consists of just three trucks based out of Danbury, but sure has made a name for themselves here at the university. From their fried chicken mac and cheese to their grilled chicken pesto panini and Philly cheese steak waffle fries, their menu reflects famous “Forklicious” and “Forktacular” all sure to satisfy your afternoon cravings. If you’re also a fan of their merch, “Fork Yeah!” gear such as hats, as seen on many of Fork in the Road employees’ heads, t-shirts and sweatshirts is available on their website.

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