Interview Exclusive with OperaCaffe Mobile

Interview Exclusive with OperaCaffe Mobile

Operacaffe Mobile opened in the summer of 2011 and is run by Kika Penn, who took some time to answer questions for

Ravioli Fritti: stuffed with poblano pepper and ricotta cheese

Why did you open a food truck? We wanted to bring fresh Tuscan cuisine to the streets of SD.

What did you do before you had the food truck?
I worked at the Operacaffe restaurant in the Gaslamp that opened about 4 years ago and was also nominated this year as “BEST Authentic Italian restaurant in San Diego 2013”.

How would you describe your food?
Authentic Italian experience, light yet fulfilling.

What makes your truck great/unique? We have dishes that you can only get in Florence, Italy like wild boar, pork shank out coccoli or ravioli fritti.

What’s the best part about running this business and what is your biggest challenge?
The best part would be sharing our wonderful food with wonderful people the biggest challenge is probably getting the word out.

How do you come up with menu items?
We try to please everyone’s taste and we cater from vegetarians and meat lovers.

Opera Sandwich

What would you say is your most popular item? I would say it’s the Braised Pork Shank.

What is the best thing you’ve EVER eaten had from a food truck?  Which truck was it and where? Most food trucks have an item that I Absolutely LOVE; some I haven’t tried yet.

Thank you to Operacaffe Mobile for taking the time to do this interview. Operacaffe Mobile can be found on Twitter at @operacaffemobil or Facebook or their website.

Pictured food: Ravioli Fritti stuffed with poblano pepper and ricotta cheese and Opera sandwich