The R Truck food truck brings the Italian family’s recipes on the road. It will be at the corner of Broadway Street and Vanderhurst Avenue in King City every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 3 to 8 p.m. (Contributed)

KING CITY — City of King in partnership with the King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture have encouraged the owners of Luigi’s and Pastability’s to open an Italian restaurant in King City.

“A desire for more variety of businesses scored as a high priority in the City’s public opinion survey and is a frequent request received by the City from members of the community,” the City of King said in an announcement posted Jan. 23 on social media. “There are many challenges to doing this, so the City has been working to develop creative strategies.”

Many community members have expressed interest in attracting an Italian pasta restaurant, according to the City. 

Under the Bozzo/Filice family-owned restaurant group, Luigi’s in Gonzales and Pastability’s in Salinas — along with Angelina’s Pizzeria and Bagel Corner, also in Salinas — co-operate the R Truck, a food truck designed to bring the family recipes on the road.

In order to help the restaurant owners test the market demand, King City Council recently approved a lease to temporarily locate a food truck on the vacant city lot at the corner of Broadway Street and Vanderhurst Avenue, where the future Downtown Plaza will soon begin construction.

The R Truck food truck will be on site every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 3 to 8 p.m., for the next couple of months. Full-time brick-and-mortar locations are under consideration if the test is successful.

“Therefore, if you are interested in a new Italian restaurant in King City, come check out their food truck and let them know,” the City said.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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