A decade after Momma Baldacci’s, the Bangor restaurant run by four generations of the Baldacci family, closed, the iconic Italian eatery has been resurrected as a food truck.
Paul Baldacci Jr., son of the late Paul Baldacci Sr., last week opened Momma Baldacci’s Italian Street Food, a food truck serving up dishes such as chicken parmesan, meatballs and family marinara sauce — all with a personal twist from Baldacci Jr., a classically trained chef.
“Restaurants are a family tradition,” he said. “This just has my own kind of spin on it.”
The Baldacci family’s first restaurant was the Baltimore, which opened in 1933 at 15 Union St. and was one of the first places to serve pizza in the Bangor area. In 1975 they opened Momma Baldacci’s at 12 Alden St., just off Broadway. It became a favorite spot not just for families, but also for photo ops for politicians passing through town, such as Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. Though the restaurant business was the Baldacci family’s bread and butter — or spaghetti and meatballs, in their case — they are most famous for their politicians, particularly former Maine Gov. John Baldacci.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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