Tell us all about your food truck, what makes you special?
Cheech A’ Cini’s is a family business. We are a husband and wife team that works diligently to provide the best quality of food and service wherever we bring our truck. We are a proud small business that loves to work with other small businesses in the area. When you eat a Cheech A’ Cini’s, you are helping us honor our family members who taught us how to cook. We pride ourselves in using our family recipes as the foundation of our food.
Why did you decide to open a food truck?
We decided to open a food truck because Frank, our chef and my husband missed being in the kitchen. Frank is a CIA graduate with tons of kitchen experience. We decided that having a food truck would be a great way to get our food out there in many different locations. Owning a food truck, you can be your own boss and create dishes to your liking. We wanted to add our own twists to some Italian Street Fair. We also wanted to share with everyone our family recipes that we grew up on. Frank and I grew up in NY and NJ, so Italian Food in these areas are extremely popular. Everyone has their own version of how they do things. Owning a family business like this helps us pay tribute to our roots. We strive on bringing people together when they come to eat at our truck or get catering from us. Cheech A’ Cini’s tries to give you the experience of “Sunday Dinner” every time you visit us.
What’s your most popular menu item?
Our Most Popular Menu Item is the Pastacini! (Pass-tah chee-knee) A Pastacini is a family recipe that was passed down from our Nanny Rae. She would make a special pasta dish using all types of Italian Cheeses, macaroni and dried sausage. Nanny would mix it together and bake it. We called it Pastird and it was only around Easter time that she made this dish. Chef Cheech loved it so much that he took the recipe, modified it and created the Pastacini. Everyone that tries the Pastacini is honoring our late grandmother’s legacy.
Tell us about a favorite or memorable event you’ve participated in?
Our Most Memorable event was our 1st event. We were a mystery truck, we didn’t have our signs up yet but people saw a line forming so everyone had to come see what the fuss was all about. Then we watched those same people come back on line to get more food from us to bring home. That is when we realized we were on to something. To this day, those same people are still our loyal customers.
What’s the best part about having a food truck?
We can travel place to place and share our food with everyone. Being mobile gives us a better reach for the tri-state area.
Do you do weddings and/or catering?
Yes, we cater weddings and wedding after parties. We have a great holiday catering menu. Give us a call to get the details 347-973-9754
Where can we find you on the street or do you have restaurant?
Our Food Truck is currently closed for the winter season and we just focus on catering. We have a holiday catering menu out now. We also have our Pastacini’s in the deli case of Top Tomato in the Travis Section of Staten Island (3579 Victory Blvd SI NY 10314)