An Edinburgh road meals entrepreneur is celebrating the opening of his third idea – underpinning plans to broaden his enterprise right into a full-scale catering operation.
Michael Notarangelo – who arrange from scratch after a deliberate profession in mechanical engineering didn’t work out – has simply launched Pronto Pizza, which serves Neapolitan-style pizzas, at Edinburgh Zoo.
The unit – which was conceived on account of a request for a meals trailer to be primarily based on the zoo’s new hilltop dinosaur exhibit has been outfitted with a number of Ooni ovens to serve pizzas in super-quick time and is already proving to be an enormous winner with guests.
The zoo is the present dwelling for Michael’s two different meals operations underneath his Belmonte Catering father or mother firm; Canine n Bon Road Meals, which specialises in connoisseur scorching canine, bon bons and loaded fries, and in addition Rolly’s Ice Cream – the primary enterprise of its sort in Scotland which makes distinctive ice cream ‘rolls’.
Michael additionally has invested in a fourth meals truck which shall be primarily based at numerous main occasions this yr – along with Rolly’s being commissioned at personal occasions and weddings throughout Scotland.
Michael, 30, mentioned: “After I graduated I obtained a job engaged on the brand new Queensferry Crossing however when that mission was accomplished I discovered myself out of labor and unable to seek out an engineering function suited to my skillset.
“It was on a visit to Thailand that I noticed the chance to develop an ice cream rolls enterprise primarily based on the road meals sellers there who first got here up with the thought.
“The actual fact my granddad used to run an ice cream van after he emigrated from Italy to Edinburgh additionally had greater than a passing inspiration.
“After securing funding, I got down to create my very own bespoke operation referred to as Rolly’s Ice Cream, creating and sourcing the tools and conceiving all of the branding and product growth.
“From there, it has at all times been about considering – what subsequent? In order that’s the place the main focus got here to develop a top quality road meals operation, first with Canine n Bon and now Pronto Pizza.”
Michael mentioned regardless of the successes to this point – and the challenges of working the operation and his group of 16 workers – he doesn’t need to stand nonetheless.
He added: “I’ve created a brand new Restricted Firm, Belmonte Catering – named after the village of our household dwelling in Italy – the place we plan to supply a spread of providers similar to catering at occasions round Scotland and the UK and in additional creating ties with convention organisers, venues and catering operations.
“My different essential goal is to have a everlasting base the place we cannot solely centralise all operations however we are able to arrange a house supply service for all our meals choices.
“Individuals love road meals, particularly if it’s enjoyable, tasty and fast – and that’s what we’ve centered on doing and to make sure we do it exceptionally properly.
”Michael is about to take supply of a brand new 18-feet purpose-built trailer that can exchange the present Canine n Bon truck at Edinburgh Zoo.
Ben Supple, Edinburgh Zoo director of engagement and enterprise growth, mentioned, “We’re excited to be increasing our meals providing right here at Edinburgh Zoo. As a wildlife conservation charity and one in every of Scotland’s most iconic vacationer sights, we need to present one of the best customer expertise potential.
“It’s essential for us to assist our communities, so we needed to introduce native meals distributors who share our sustainability values. Collaboration between communities is an important a part of making our charity’s wildlife conservation work potential, and in flip create a world the place nature is protected, valued and liked.”