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Aioli Gourmet Burgers: Tom D'Ambrosio Brings Fancy Burgers to the Phoenix Streets

Like burgers? So do we -- particularly when they feature ingredients like white truffle aioli, homemade falafel, and applewood bacon onion jam.

And the best part is that you don't have to head to a sit-down restaurant to get these kinds of gourmet burgers anymore. A new food truck, Aioli Gourmet Burgers and Catering is bringing them to you via food truck. The truck, started by three friends, centers on the work of chef Tom D'Ambrosio, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

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The menu on this truck is simple: six different burgers, one of which is the Aioli Burger, with aged sharp cheddar, the aforementioned applewood smoked bacon onion jam, lettuce, red onion, tomato, and roasted garlic aioli.

We tried the Italiano Burger, a sort of Caprese-salad-meets-burger with mozzarella, tomato, balsamic reduction, pancetta, and basil garlic aioli. The burger itself is a nicely sized and seasoned patty that gets cradled by a merely acceptable brioche bun. But on the upside, if all the Aioli Burgers are as finger-lickingly good as this one, then the truck achieve what many fail to do: make food that's not "good for being off a truck," but just downright good.

Other burgers include the white truffle Swiss burger, which features mushrooms, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and white truffle aioli, and a vegetarian falafel burger with falafel, hummus, pickled mango sauce, red onion, tomato, cucumber, and sumac aioli.

None of the $7 burgers come with fries, but you can add a side of them for $3. The order comes with your choice of sauce: chipotle aioli, housemade ketchup, basil garlic aioli, black truffle aioli, sumac aioli, and white truffle aioli.

There are also two salads, fresh-squeezed flavored lemonades, sodas, and water.

D'Ambrosia brings more than 10 years of hospitality experience to the food truck business, including a bachelor's in hospitality administration from NAU and an associate's in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America. He also completed a three-year apprenticeship at the famous Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia and has won several culinary competitions, including the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City.

For now, you can find the truck at Urban Cookies on Tuesdays during lunch, as well as Coach House Tavern in Scottsdale on Friday nights starting at 8 p.m. For more updates check the Aioli Burger website and Facebook page.

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Lauren Saria
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