Lancs pizza van nominated the UK’s best-looking food truck
A Lancashire pizza van has been nominated for the Best Looking Food Truck award by the British Street Food Awards 2022. Pizza Rana, based in Preston, tour the county in their Mercedes 507d to serve up some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the north. When they're not being complimented on their fresh dough or moreish toppings, all eyes are on their 37-year-old van which is the last of its kind used on roads in the UK.
The truck, painted light pink and grey, features the Pizza Rana logo and has 'slow van fast pizza' spray painted on the back. It's so good-looking, its found itself nominated for the UK's 'sexiest' van, truck, trailer or gazebo in the UK. READ MORE: Summer's answer to Christmas Markets arrives in West Lancashire - inspired by Taiwan
Liam, from Pizza Rana, told LancsLive: "We're genuinely so happy to be nominated in the British Street Food Awards "Best Looking Food Truck 2022" category. We think our big old food truck is a real looker and we're chuffed that so many other people think so too! "Our Mercedes 507d is 37 years old and is the last one on the road in the UK.
You won't see another one quite like ours. We've had some of the best engineers in Lancashire involved in the conversion and it's stand out paint job was spray painted by hand by a local artist. It's a real head turner.
"We've dreamed about having a food truck since we started Pizza Rana. All those cold, wet and windy markets that we made pizza at through lockdown in our red gazebo have finally paid off. We've got two Gozney Domes in the truck and the pizzas are coming out better than ever!"The 37-year-old Mercedes 507d is the last one on the road in the UK (Image: 2018 Mike Mullaney)
The Best Looking Food Truck competition is being held by the British Street Food Awards 2022.
The award for the best looking is said to always be "hotly contested". On the voting page, it reads: "There's a saying in street food - "your flash is your cash". A good-looking van, a caravan with one HELLUVA paint job or an interesting little trike with a gazebo tagged onto the side can really help out with sluggish sales."
Pizza Rana have reached the long list after being nominated by fans on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The long list will be cut down in August and the final takes place in September. The final will see the best traders in Britain cooking to win the British title as well as securing a place in the grand finale of the 2022 European Street Food Awards in Munich.
You can vote for some Lancashire representation here.