La Cucina di Sophia food truck sliders combine authentic Italian with an American twist

Staff writer

Gabriele Pianezze knows life is about good food and even better company. He took this and his passion to cook authentic Italian cuisine and put it on wheels that travel from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg and everywhere in between.

The family-owned and operated food truck La Cucina di Sophia serves Italian inspired food with an American twist. The combination spurred the chicken Parmesan slider, a lighter option to the traditional heavy classic burger and other carb-based Italian food.

The three classic slider-sized sandwiches with lightly breaded chicken, melted mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce fitted with garlic and Parmesan seasoned slider bun can be eaten with one hand, but not enjoyed without a napkin.

For meat lovers, a similar slider is offered as fish, sausage wrapped in green pepper and red onion or meatball on the same seasoned bun.

The meal comes out to around $13, similar to the price of a classic burger but with originality and passion, and a side of seasoned fries.

Owner Pianezze first became a chef in Milan, Italy, and owned several Italian restaurants in the Virginia Beach area. He sold them in 2017 to make people happy with food without the stress of a restaurant.

La Cuncina di Sophia is named after his first daughter and accomplishes just that.

Pianezze rotates the menu based on the season and fresh ingredients, so be on the lookout for a big red trailer.

Want to go?

If you’re looking for a fast and fresh Italian fix, La Cuncina di Sophia may be spotted as a big red trailer with a tomato, basil and mozzarella logo. The truck is often in transit, but they keep an updated list of where to find them at They also offer catering for weddings and special events at 757-822-3231.

Martin can be reached at (757)-243-3685, by email at or on Twitter at @SaraRoseMartin.

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