Street food trucks invade Milan

City hall issues 50 licences.

Milan municipal council has licensed 50 street-food trucks to ply their wares on the city’s streets.

The popular, three-wheeled mini snack bars, which up to now have been the preserve of festivals and outdoor events, will now be allowed to roam the city with a wide range of tasty products.

Kebabs and falafel, vegetarian delights, hot dogs, Neapolitan or Sicilian specialties – office lunch breaks will become a cosmopolitan adventure. But sweet favourites like tiramisu and craft beers will also be on offer.

Eleven of the licensees were already active at outdoor events in Milan and had attracted a faithful clientele, while the other 39 are newcomers. Among them is a refugee couple who fled the fighting in Syria and will offer middle-eastern dishes. Licences will be valid for five years.

The trucks may stop for a maximum of two hours in any one place, and must not work less than 250 metres apart. Some of Milan’s more classical areas – like the Sforza castle, Piazza del Duomo and Largo Cairoli, to mention only a few – will be off limits.

Announcing the city council’s decision, councillor Cristina Tajani pointed out that this was another legacy of food-themed Expo Milano 2015. And by following the lead of many other European cities, Milan is not only promoting traditional foods and the chance to try something more exotic – it’s offering new opportunities for work, especially for younger operators.