Street food: what it is, to whom it is addressed and how to start a business.

Street food: what it is, to whom it is addressed and how to start a business.

What is street food?

With  “street food” we mean the sale and  also the preparation of foodstuffs for street consumption. Food preparation and trade take place on the board of a  food truck. For those who are fasting in English, a food truck is the classic traveling van that operates in public and open spaces like streets, parks or squares.

Street food is part of the informal food sector (informal food sector), which revolves around the food eaten  that isnot at a restaurant table but standing up and taking away the formula (typical, as well as the kiosks of hot dogs also take away pizzerias).

Street food: the target audience.

The public to which the street food refers is various, this is thanks to its comfort. Young people and students are attracted to low prices, workers for the convenience of its consumption in lunch breaks.

But street food, as well as a food “fallback” for those with little time and money, can also be a fair attraction. There are countless street food events that, especially in summer, crowd the Italian streets and delight the patrons with regional delicacies. This attracts an audience of all ages and types: from the young lover of informal and unconventional events to curious families. The latter, as well as the over 50 patrons, rediscover regional food in a younger, newer light, unrelated to classic restaurants and trattorias.

For the reasons listed above, street food is an interesting segment of the food sector, and we will see soon  how to open an activity in this area.

How to start a street food business.

The informal and “reassuring” air of a food truck should not make us believe that starting a business in street food will be a walk. Here is the process that, step by step, will start your business.

The requirements.

We assume that food trucker is not improvised, and therefore requires one to choose from the following requirements

1,.have a culinary  diploma
2.have at least 2 years experience in catering in the last 5 years
3.be enrolled in the REC (Commercial Executives Register) as “food and drink administrators”
4.having attended regional courses on food trade and having passed the related final exams
5.have a member who possesses one or more of the requirements listed above

The license.

Once you have completed  at least one of the 5 requirements,  you should proceed with requesting the license. Depending on the type of activity you have in mind, there are two types:

1.type A: that is, a license granted by the Municipality of its own membership to carry out its activity at a fixed point. This license is valid throughout the region of reference and allows a food trucker to participate in fairs throughout Italy. It can be requested up to 30 days from the publication (in March-April or September-October) of the list of vacant seats. However it can be lost if the trade is not exercised regularly and too many absences accumulate.
2.type B: it is a license for traveling food trucks, which do not have  a fixed point. It allows you to practice your business in all the fairs in Italy, but as long as the trader informs you and agrees with the City of duty for any free parking (to be occupied in limited time frames). The B license, unlike the A, is free, with no issue or renewal fee.

Bureaucratic Iter to start the business.

Today, with the Unica Communication, it is possible to fulfill all the steps necessary to start a business:

1.opening of the VAT number to the Revenue Agency
2.registration with INPS and INAIL
3.registration in the Chamber of Commerce Register of Companies

Choice and authorizations for the food truck.

In addition to the whole process of ordinary administration to start a business, we must also take care of another die: that for food trucks.

It is the transport medium and “travel companion” in your adventure food. The first thing is to first choose the appropriate size and appropriate to your type of activity.

If it involves shifts of short stretches, within the same city, the ideal is the ape-car, small in size and easy to assemble and disassemble.

If, on the other hand, you want an “itinerant” vehicle, which allows you to move from fair to fair within the region, opt for a “medium” format porter. It will allow you to carry with you everything you need for your business on medium and long haul routes.

Finally, if  your food truck “think big” you will have to focus on mighty FIAT Ducato food truck.

Once you have chosen the right vehicle for you, you will have it tested and registered. In addition, as a food and drink provider to consumers, you will have to ensure that your food truck has a health authorization from the local ASL.

Food News: Las Bravas, two Spaniards in Italy on board a food truck

What is a food truck? It is the home of street food.

Valentina and Mireja had made their profession and, they have  traveled far and wide for Spain, they arrive in Italy on board their blue trailer: they are called Las Bravas and their specialty is tapas.

They arrive in Milan and from there they will leave to be known throughout the boot. There is a wheeled kitchen in which they prepare in a revisited version the culinary specialties of the Iberian Peninsula. Mireja is of Spanish origin, Valentina has lived in Barcelona for so long to fall in love with her. Their project stems from the love for the Spanish culinary culture and the desire to share and export it: hence the idea of ​​reviving Iberian recipes in the street food version and putting them on their traveling business.


But which  are  the steps to put on a tapas bar, or in general a food truck, on two wheels?

The process is long and always starts from a good idea and a lot of work needs  to implement it. We need to be clear about our goals and the identity of our business, evaluating their expenses as well as possible earnings.

Next, you have to deal with the bureaucracy: first of all ,the certificate of the Food and Beverage Administration course is required. Another fundamental step is the opening of the VAT number at the Inland Revenue, registration with INPS and the Chamber of Commerce. You must then go to the town of residence to obtain a license to the traveling trade, and find out which roads are allowed to stop and sell and in what time. Each municipality has its own regulation and knowing the rules that allows to avoid problems of any kind and penalties.

What are the advantages of a food truck?

The initial costs are certainly not those of the opening of a real restaurant and it is easy to amortize them quickly.

You can more easily retain the customer: the relationship with those who “eat” is more directed and informal than in traditional restaurants. Even the sale is simplified and fast: the street food format is more practical than the classic “courses”, and helps the growth of profits.

You can move around and participate in festivals, events or even to  choose the best places that offer more sales opportunities: if a place does not work, turn the engine on and off!