Top 5 Italian Food And Drink Franchises

15/02/2018 17:00 | Start a business

Italian food franchises

Pizza, pasta, red wine…what’s not to love about Italian cuisine? The popular Mediterranean diet also embodies five key elements that Brits are looking for from their food: simple, affordable, healthy, made with quality ingredients, and delicious.

As a result, retailers and restaurants are investing heavily in catering to our love of Italian food. Supermarket shelves are stocking an increasingly diverse range of Italian ingredients, and Italian restaurants appear to be taking over the high street.

In fact, Savills 2016 study on the casual dining market in the UK confirms that a cultural shift is taking place and consumers are seeking different kinds of food and experiences when they dine out.

Italian restaurant franchises

Italian and pizza are the most numerous and popular of all casual dining cuisines; their combined offer accounting for 45% of all branded restaurants. It’s hardly surprising then that new franchised Italian based brands continue to enter the market due to consumer demand.

So, if you’re considering food franchise opportunities, we might just have the perfect Italian franchise for you.

Bella Italia

Bella Italia is a recognisable brand and one of the most popular franchises for prospective franchisees who are passionate about bringing a little bit of Italy to the UK. With over 40 years of experience, and more than 100 restaurants across UK, Europe and beyond, this is a franchise that’s going places.

As you’d expect from a franchise of this size, the criteria for the ideal franchisee are very specific. Bella Italia are looking to partner with well-funded entrepreneurs with a good local network, long term ambitions and a strong track record in the food and beverage industry.

With a total investment of £700,000 plus VAT, this is one of the high-end food franchise opportunities with an impressive franchise package to match the price tag. As well as access to an operations portal, you and your team will receive extensive training to allow you to provide the best possible service to your customers.

Broccoli Pizza & Pasta

Founded in 2011, this innovative Italian franchise brand is well-established in the Middle East and now has its sights set on the UK. Broccoli Pizza & Pasta have based their business concept on capturing the healthy eating sector, and are successfully doing so by offering customers nutritious and affordable meals without the taste being compromised.

This is a great opportunity to make a generous profit while promoting a healthy lifestyle. To get on board with this ambitious franchise with growth and expansion plans in place, you’ll need to have passion, a strong work ethic, as well as having access to the necessary funds.

Starting a Broccoli Pizza & Pasta franchise requires an initial investment of around £100,000 to £145,000. This covers two months of operational costs and 6 months’ rent, construction and equipment costs, plus an element of working capital. An additional franchise fee of £12,000 plus VAT will also be charged when you become a successful franchisee.

To get you up and running you’ll receive two-weeks of extensive business management pre-launch training, followed by a week’s on-site training once your restaurant is open.


For those with a sweet tooth, there’s an Italian franchise for you too. Amorino offers authentic Italian ice cream made from natural ingredients with a focus on flavour.

Once you become a Amorino franchisee, you’ll receive support to find the perfect location for your store and get help to organise pre-opening activities. You’ll be provided with pre-launch and ongoing training to ensure that you become successful and maximize your full potential as a franchisee.

To start your franchise, you’ll need to invest between ₤30,000 to ₤150,000. You should also maintain a financial liquidity of ₤200,000. In return, you’ll be part of one of the most popular franchises that bring pleasure to its customer base through delicious ice cream, gelatos and sorbets; all while enjoying strong profit margins.


As far as food franchise opportunities go, Wolf offers one with a difference. Established in 2015, Wolf offers its customers delicious, competitively-priced Italian street food available to eat in, take away or delivered.

The business model has been designed to be a low skill, high quality operation that has strong branding and mass appeal. Catering to the needs of busy, health conscious Brits, the food Wolf serve is free from high carbohydrates and saturated fats that are often associated with Italian food. And, what’s more, speed is of the essence with quick service being a priority.

A total investment of £200,000 plus VAT is required to become a Wolf franchisee. Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, you’ll receive a four-week intensive training programme plus additional pre- and post-opening store support. And, to make sure you get your business off to the best possible start, a marketing plan will be developed specifically for your trading area.


Who needs Italian food, when you can drink Italian wine? Veeno is among the most popular franchises for entrepreneurs with a passion for fine wine.

Veeno offers its customers the chance to sample the truly Italian experience of ‘Aperitivo’ - the ritual of drinking, nibbling and relaxing post work. Despite only being established in 2013, the concept has been widely accepted by a wide variety of customers.

Prospective franchisees need to be able to fund start-up costs ranging from £75,000 up to £100,000. You’ll be responsible for finding a great location for your new business, but Veeno will approve it to make sure that maximum profits are achieved.

If you’d like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, then Veeno regularly hold Discovery Day events up and down the country. This will give you the chance to ask questions about the franchise support package, meet with existing Veeno franchisees, and network with other like-minded candidates.

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