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[Pictures: David Straight]

El Sizzling Chorizo is a gourmet foodcart, the kind of thing you find on the streets of New York and Portland, not Waiheke Island. Owner Corra Anselmi sells three types of barbecued sausage (all $9) from the side of his converted trailer. There’s choripan – Argentinian chorizo, which has a thicker grind than chorizo, a fatter sausage and less paprika. There’s Merguez – Moroccan lamb. And, incongruously, there’s Bratwurst, which he learned from a German chef at Cable Bay, where he used to work. Sometimes, he sells a pork sandwich ($10).

Frankly, we’ve never made it past the choripan. Anselmi makes them himself using organic local meat, to a family recipe. He grills them over hot embers – he uses vine offcuts for their fragrance – and serves them in chewy local ciabatta with chimichurri. They’re hot, garlicky and porky. When you bite into them the juice runs out. They make you want to go to Argentina.

Anselmi has been catering parties on the island for a while. Last year, he kitted out a trailer using scrap, and then opened up in the carpark of the Presbytarian church in Oneroa. Locals drove past, salivating at the woodsmoke. Then someone complained, and El Sizzling had to go. Until he finds another site – he tells us one is in the works in Ostend, but he’s hoping for another in Oneroa – you’ll need to keep an eye out at festivals and market days. We can’t wait. SFG

HOURS At the Ostend Market each Saturday morning; follow El Sizzling Chorizo’s Facebook page to find out where they’re firing up next.

CONTACT DETAILS Itinerant; ph 372-4283 or 021 181-1224.

IMPORTANT DETAILS It might be a foodcart, but El Sizzling Chorizo takes eftpos.


  1. Russell Masters wrote:

    totally amazing! great local talent,authentic food.
    Corra does out catering for functions and parties,we hired him and would recommend him to any one. The best thing next to sliced ciabatta!!!

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Permalink
  2. SFG wrote:

    We think so too – can’t wait until he gets another site.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Permalink
  3. Francisco wrote:

    a lot of people complained about the guy that complained… we never knew why and who it was… Does not seems as fair play. We miss his cart by the church. Corra, come back please!

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink
  4. Rachel wrote:

    Just thought I should add that El Sizzling Chorizo can also do EFTPOS : )

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink
  5. SFG wrote:

    We stand corrected. Thanks Rachel.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  6. Kevin Appleton wrote:

    The cart was a gem and added to the fabulous diversity of the island…. hate the one one malcontent can spoil everyone else’s enjoyment. Bring it back now.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink
  7. gabbygoose wrote:

    I have chorizo envy and want to know when he’s opening a cart in Wellington.

    Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink
  8. Brendon wrote:

    We’ll happily have him in Auckland proper…

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink
  9. SFG wrote:


    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  10. Daniel wrote:

    The best chorizo I have ever tasted, worth the trip to Waiheke just for that

    Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink
  11. Jorge wrote:

    In my search for the best chorizo in NZ I have now found it in Waiheke Island.
    Corra makes the best chorizo by a country mile! Thoroughly recommend it.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

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