Roli Roti was founded by Thomas Odermatt, a third-generation Swiss butcher. Growing up in his family’s award-winning butcher shop, Thomas learned his family’s secrets of succulent, tender rotisserie. From his father, Otto, a ‘Metzgermeister’ or master butcher, he learned the importance of using the right cuts for the right purpose, and of choosing only select, free range meats raised by trusted family farms. From his mother, Maria, he learned the family’s recipes for savory rotisserie, a specialty their shop prepared for customers on Saturdays.
Thomas earned his master’s degree in organic farming from Strickhof/ETH, Zürich, then he moved to the US to continue his education at UC Berkeley. He was captivated by the local, gourmet food scene developing in Berkeley. It was then that America’s first gourmet rotisserie food truck, Roli Roti, was born. What started as a single truck in 2002, Roli Roti is now a fleet of six that roams the Bay Area daily slinging its famed rotisserie chickens and porchetta sandwiches. And why the name Roli Roti? Well, it’s named for literally being a rolling rotisserie.