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!