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Open a Restaurant in Italy

Updated on Thursday 14th April 2016

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Italy has managed to conquer the world in a rather surprising way: through its culinary greatness. Italian restaurants can be found all around the world and many people are in love with the Italian cuisine. But what better place to open an Italian restaurant than in Italy?
 
Because Italy is a very important tourism destination, cities like Rome can never have too many restaurants. And foreign investors have many options when it comes to investing in a food business in Italy: Italian food is not the only type of food preferred by locals and tourists.
 
Our company formation agents in Italy can guide you step by step through the process of opening a restaurant: from the initial phase, when you must obtain the necessary permits, and until you are ready to open your new establishment.
 

What to think about when opening a restaurant in Italy

 
In major cities like Rome or Milan, the location of the restaurant can be very important. However, small and charming restaurants can often be more appealing to tourists than large ones. Before deciding on the location and purchasing a property, investors should study the market in that area and determine if other existing restaurants will compete with their own.
 
If you do not want to open a new restaurant, franchising is another good option. You would have the benefit of an already established name, but the costs for buying the franchise should be well put into balance. The next important step is to decide on the type of food and the services that will be provided by the new restaurant. Establishments that serve liquor need to obtain additional liquor licenses for the area in which they function.
 

Licenses and permits necessary for restaurants in Italy

 
Investors cannot open a restaurant in Italy without obtaining the necessary permits and licenses. Like any business that deals with producing and distributing food, restaurants are obliged to observe strict hygiene norms. According to the city or area in which the restaurant will operate, investors have to obtain licenses from the City Council and from the Health Office. Food business operators in the European Union must observe the principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system (HACCP) introduced by the Codex Alimentarius, the code for international food standards.
 
Restaurants in Italy need to be registered at the local Trade Register and also comply with the applicable taxation rules and VAT requirements.
 
Our company formation agents in Italy can help you obtain the necessary permits and licenses. Please contact us for more details about investing in Italy.
 
 

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