Archie the Pastizzi Bus is a fairly new arrival on Adelaide's food truck scene, although they have previously made an appearance at the Fork on the Road which was held at The Depot and also the Fork at Fifth Street Bowden.
Having recently won a licence renewal from the Adelaide City Council, you're bound to see Archie the Pastizzi Bus about Adelaide much more often from now on. In contrast to Dulcie the Boutique Bus, this bright orange bus is modelled on iconic and colourful Malta buses and is a strong visual reminder of its traditional Maltese food theme.
Archie only sells pastizzi - mouth-watering Maltese pastries with fillings like ricotta (and a hint of nutmeg), Moroccan lamb, or mushy peas and pork. Special variations are sometimes available, such as the chilli con carne when I caught the bus today.
Of course if you have a sweet tooth, you may prefer the apple and cinnamon or sweet ricotta and chocolate pastries instead. Or why not have them as well?
To wash down the pastries, bottles of a traditional non-alcoholic Maltese drink called Kinnie (and a light version) are available.
I had hoped to see Archie at the Fork and Walk Together food truck event, but owner Tanya said they couldn't attend because of worry about the bus getting bogged in the muddy parklands. When I saw the menu today I was very tempted by the idea of having another Moroccan lamb pastizzi, but Tanya successfully convinced me to try the plain ricotta version first.
A Ricotta Pastizzi (Left) and Mushy Peas and Pork Pastizzi (Right)
At $3 each I splashed out on Papa Giuseppe's mushy pea and pork pastizzi too, and retreated to a park bench in Adelaide's Hindmarsh Square to sample them. They were served up in a sturdy cardboard carton with a serviette, making them easy to carry away.
I just loved the light and flaky pastry of the ricotta pastizzi, and the nutmeg made a delicate contrast to the flavour of the ricotta cheese. It didn't take long at all to demolish it before I moved on to the mushy pea and pork pastizzi. This too was absolutely awesome, with the mushy peas giving me a nostalgic reminder of my time spent in London - given Britain's long association with Malta it isn't surprising that some of the UK's cuisine has been adopted over there too.
For me two pastries was a perfect snack, although most people would probably come back for more I think. I had been a bit hesitant about getting the Kinnie drink initially, but decided to give it a go and was not disappointed.
The bitter sweet orange flavour of the drink was very refreshing, leaving my mouth with a pleasant aftertaste - I definitely recommend that you try it too. While the drink is made in Australia, it's true to the traditional Maltese style and taste.
While I digested my tasty treats I watched as office workers in Adelaide woke up to Archie's first appearance under their new licence - it didn't take long for the news to get around and queues grew fast!
You can find Archie the Pastizzi Bus on Facebook - if you Like their page you will get a reminder in your news feed of their future locations. Of course Archie will be at the next Fork on the Road too when it is announced - keep your antenna tuned for the announcement of a food truck Fork in August.