LOS ANGELES, CA – “Nonna’s Kitchenette” (meaning “Grandma’s Little Kicthen,”) an Italian food truck that placed SECOND during Season 3 of The Food Network’s TV series “The Great Food Truck Race,” has launched as a new Italian food truck company based in Los Angeles. Nonna’s Kitchenette will make its debut to the public November 2-4, in Las Vegas, at the “Las Vegas Foodie Fest” being held at the Silverton Casino.


Following those dates, the new truck will appear throughout Los Angeles at several locations. These include: Freddy’s Food Court on 11/7 (Workman High School, City of Industry, from 5:00–9:00 pm;) Southbay DinDinAGoGo on 11/8 (Narbonne High School, Hawthorne, from 5:30–9:30 pm,) and Food Truck Night on 11/9 (Melrose Elementary School, Los Angeles, from 6:00–8:30pm).

Lisa Nativo, Owner of Nonna’s Kitchenette, who dreamed up the concept behind the truck, and brought that concept to life by competing in “The Great Food Truck Race” alongside her two best friends, made the announcement.

As the only complete “rookies” in the food industry, Nativo and her two colleagues/fellow New Jersey-born women Jaclyn Kolsby and Jessica Stambach, gallantly competed throughout “The Great Food Truck Race” contest, by traveling 3,600 miles– from Long Beach, CA, to Lubec, Maine — where they finished in second place during the show’s season 3 finale. Having to hand in the keys to their dream truck (the prize awarded for the team that won the race,) Nativo, Kolsby and Stambach were determined not to say goodbye forever to a business they fell in love with. “That simply was not an option,” Nativo says.

With a major passion for this new adventure, Nativo and Kolsby will be launching Nonna’s Kitchenette in Los Angeles with hopes of expanding the business to the East Coast by early 2013. An updated version of the Nonna’s Kitchenette brick red food truck, featuring the company’s stylized logo, an “Italian Grandma,” will be unveiled for the first time to the public in Las Vegas on November 2nd during the “Foodie Fest” there, prior to touring across Los Angeles.


Fueled by decades of friendship, fresh ingredients and the flavors they love, the three women behind Nonna’s Kitchenette combined their inspiration from their grandmothers’ Italian recipes, with their own passion for homemade cooking, entrepreneurial spirit, and business savvy, to present modern dishes featuring Italian flavors everyone knows and loves.

 “We’ve put a gourmet street food twist on our Nonnas’ classic dishes and created unique menu items inspired by Italian ingredients we love most,” said Nativo.

What began as a dream was brought to life by passion, dedication and creativity, and has unfolded into an amazing company the women are extremely proud of.

Among Nonna’s Kitchenette’s homemade favorites: sweet basil & fontina meatball sliders, gourmet risotto balls, loaded Italian grilled cheese, and sweet treats like maple glazed french toast crostinis with vanilla bean mascarpone whipped cream, pizzelle (Italian Waffle Cookie) and gelato sandwiches, and other fresh baked Italian treats.

“So here we are… best friends, waking up every morning doing something we’ve always loved, together. We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to be sharing our dream with the world, and thankful for everyone who has become a part of the Nonna’s Kitchenette family. No one ever leaves hungry in our families so, Mangia Mangia!” Nativo concludes.

(NOTE: To follow the journey and special announcements surrounding the launch of the Nonna’s Kitchenette food truck, visit Twitter @nonnaskitchenet or Facebook at www.facebook.com/nonnaskitchenette 

Booking information, truck locations and truck menu can be found at the company’s website:  www.nonnaskitchenette.com