We (myself and long suffering girlfriend) moved to Portugal the best part of ten years ago, chasing the sun and a more relaxed way of life. My last three years in the UK was spent as head chef in a bistro pub, that specialized in stone baked Italian style pizza. Prior to that I worked the event scene, doing back stage catering for many large UK festivals, like Glastonbury and Reading.
Based on my passed experience, I'd been wanting to convert something into a pizzeria for some time, but it wasn't until a friend mentioned a TV program (George Clark's Amazing Spaces) that featured a horse trailer conversion, and we thought that's it... horse trailer it must be, easy right? Not quite, whilst there's an abundance of affordable trailers in the UK, none with the required matriculation paperwork, it turns out they're somewhat illusive in Portugal. Nonetheless after months of searching, a battered old thing, half the size and twice the price as planned cropped in Loule, and we grabbed it with both hands.
Converting the trailer into a Pizzeria is not as easy as one might think, especially when the oven you've purchased takes up 3/4 of the interior, and legalities don't allow special circumstances for miniature kitchens on wheels. In-spite of this, with an overwhelming amount of support from friends, an informative health and safety inspector, and understanding accountant, the Little Kitchen was born.
The Little Kitchen caters for private parties and events in the Algarve, and I'm hoping to get involved with more local festivals and markets. My first event was the Lagos Food Fest last month, which was a great success for everyone involved. People seemed to love our concept, along with our rustic pizza's.
The pizza's we make are in the classic Neapolitan style, really thin and crispy, and cooked in an oak fueled wood fired oven, which gives them a great smokey flavour. We're trying to keep the style (not necessarily the toppings) as traditional as possible, so all our base ingredients come straight from Italy.
My future plans are to expand from one trailer, perhaps into a mini fleet, offering a variety of street food from quirky trucks. I have my eye on Piaggio Ape Oyster Shack next! But for now we're busy at summer events in the Pizza trailer, and excited to see what the next year will bring,
If anybody is interested in finding out more, or having us cater their event, you can visit our website www.littlekitchenportugal.com, or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.