"Matt is a regular guest of ours at Macchialina, and we hit it off and became friends," Pirolo says. "After a bit of time, I then learned he was El Bagel. It was like finding out who Banksy is. On a recent Pasta Thursday [at Macchialina], we got to talking about a collaboration, and it all flowed very organically.”
Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m., El Bagel will set up shop outside Boxelder in Wynwood. The truck will be stocked with its signature lineup of bagel sandwiches, which have garnered a loyal following in the past two years. But unlike most weekends, this Saturday will offer a special-edition bagel: Pirolo’s El Bagel Dip, a riff on an Italian-style roast beef sandwich.
Each order ($14) will include thinly sliced roast beef topped with caramelized onions and homemade salsa verde served on one of Koche’s savory garlic bagels.
"I definitely hope for more collaborations in the future," Pirolo says. "We threw around a lot of ideas for this first one and decided to roll out the El Bagel Dip. We're serving it with a rich beef brodo for dipping.”
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Otherwise, keep an eye out for Koche's classics, including the bacon, egg, and cheese ($10); the lox supreme ($12); and the King Guava ($9), with marmalade, potato sticks, cream cheese, and a fried egg. Bottles of rosé will be served inside Boxelder too.
A limited number of bagels will be available, so arrive as early as possible. Be prepared to wait, because Koche's truck usually attracts long lines of customers on weekend mornings.
If you can't make it this Saturday, stay tuned for El Bagel's forthcoming permanent location at 6910 Biscayne Blvd., expected to open later this year.
El Bagel at Boxelder. 2817 NW Second Ave., Miami; elbagel.miami.