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EUI Catering Services

Hoster Food has been awarded the contract for the management of EUI Catering Services in 2022, starting on 9 January 2023: the service is provided to adults (researchers, faculty, administrative staff, guests and visitors) and to children enrolled in the EUI crèche, aged between 4 months and 3 years.


Ms Francesca Falai is the supervisor in charge of all EUI canteens (Badia Fiesolana, Villa Salviati, Villa Schifanoia and Villa la Fonte) and catering services. 

Service Description

Hoster Food manages both canteens and catering services across the Campus (working lunches, buffet lunches, tea and coffee breaks, fully served luncheons, lunch boxes, gala dinners, drinks, cocktail receptions, drink and snack services at meetings, barbecues....).

The company's highly trained and specialized staff take care of every detail, from the menu selection to the setting.

The Catering Service can also provide special kosher or halal menus.

The complete list of catering services offered by Hoster Food is available here

Badia Fiesolana site

For this location there will be a food and beverage service using an in-house on-site kitchen from 12 noon until 2.30 p.m., to be provided via a traditional self-service line and a free-flow island. Meals will be fully prepared in the existing kitchen.

The cooking facility at Badia Fiesolana will be used not only for the preparation and distribution of meals intended for users there, but also for the preparation and packaging of hot & chilled meals to be delivered to users at Villa La Fonte, Villa Schifanoia and the Creche.

Takeaway Service 

In addition to eating in the traditional self-service area, it is possible to order reduced takeaway meals for lunch and dinner via the dedicated free APP.

Bar service

The bar service will be open from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm, and will include all the typical coffee shop products – pastries, freshly baked goods, and soft drinks.


Villa Salviati

For this site, the in-house on-site cooking service will be relaunched with the distribution of meals via the Self-Service line. The service will be guaranteed from 12 noon to 2.00 pm.

Takeaway Service 

In this case, the existing equipment also allows us to offer a takeaway service, with the same procedures already mentioned for Badia Fiesolana. The Villa Salviati kitchen will prepare and package all takeaway meals intended for users at Villa il Poggiolo and Palazzo Buontalenti.

Bar Service

The bar service will be open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm  and will include all the typical coffee shop products – pastries, fresh baked goods, soft drinks, fresh fruit juices and smoothies.


Villa la Fonte

For this site, a slightly different format is proposed, since the larger structure is suitable for the creation of an alternative to the classic one, but just as complete. The service will be delivered by means of a Cooking Terminal.

This facility will cook pasta and dress it with the sauces of the day, as well as preparing ready meals and cold options.

The service will be available from 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm using the existing self-service line

Bar Service

The bar service will be open from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm and will include all the typical coffee shop products – pastries, freshly baked goods, and soft drinks.


Villa Schifanoia

For Villa Schifanoia the service will be provided using a cooking terminal with regeneration and distribution of meals using a traditional self-service line.The service will be available from 12 noon to 2.00 pm

Bar Service

The bar service will be open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm and will include all the typical coffee shop products – pastries, fresh baked goods, and soft drinks.


Villa il Poggiolo

In view of the available space, for this location we propose to open a Bar Service where users can eat takeaway meals with distribution from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm.


Palazzo Buontalenti

The food and beverage service will be provided via takeaway meals, which can be booked via the dedicated App.

At Palazzo Buontalenti, as soon as the new spaces are made available and equipped, a refreshment area with a bar will be created, where users will be able to enjoy baked goods (focaccia and pizzas), salad and a rice-based main course featuring various fresh ingredients (Pokè).


Quality standards

Canteens, Coffee Bars and Catering Services observe the quality standards set up by the EUI. Special care is devoted to the selection of raw materials and to the eco-sustainability of all aspects of the catering activity.

The entire process of preparing and distributing the food served at the Institute’s Canteens is governed by Regulation (EC) no. 852/04 on the hygiene of foodstuffs, implemented through a handbook for in-house self-regulation, as envisaged in the guidelines for the best hygiene and operational practices issued by FIPE (Federazione Italiana Pubblici Esercizi).  

Food suppliers are selected based on the type and quality of the product, the territoriality, location, helpfulness,and flexibility in delivery. Hoster Food's corporate purchasing policy, therefore, is based on the use of products from a short supply chain, 0km, aimed not only at promoting good nutrition, but also at reducing waste and making proper use of resources.The raw materials come directly from their central warehouse in Florence located in Via Pistoiese 247, equipped with cold rooms and everything else necessary for the storage of raw foodstuffs.

All staff are trained in the following fields:

1)  FOOD SAFETY, Reg. EC 852/04m and D.G.A.T. 559/08.

2)  SAFETY AT WORK, Legislative Decree 81/2008

3)  PROFESSIONALISM, in processing methods and techniques 

Menu Composition

Every day it is ensured that a variety of ethnic and international dishes are available, as well as daily vegetarian or vegan options.

At the Badia Fiesolana, there will be a free-flow island dedicated to green food, where users can freely put together a single “healthy dish”, with cooked and raw vegetables.

Large/Full Menu:
  • first course + second course + side dish/small mixed salad + dessert/fruit/yoghurt
  • main course + salad + dessert/yoghurt/fruit 
Medium menu:
  • main course + small salad/ side dish + small salad/side dish + dessert/fruit/yoghurt
  • second course + small salad/side dish + dessert/fruit/yoghurt
  • salad/healthy dish + sweet/fruit/yoghurt
Small menu:
  • main course + dessert/fruit/yoghurt
  • small salad/side dish + cake/fruit/yoghurt
  • rice/pasta with or without tomatoes) + dessert/fruit/yoghurt
  • small salad/side dish + cake/fruit/yoghurt.

At the premises of Villa Il Poggiolo and Palazzo Buontalenti reduced meals will be provided as takeaways, to be chosen based on the traditional menu, made available to users via the special App



Children's Food

The menus we propose for the meals served at the crèche in Villa Schifanoia sitewill be prepared by our own dieticians and endorsed by the local NHS.

On request, snacks and small-scale catering services can be arranged for birthday parties.


Technology and environmental impact mitigation

Today’s Menu App

This computer system allows all users to book meals and takeaways using the free App from any Android or iOS device.

Installation of POS

On January 9, 2023, except for delays due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, four POS will be installed to top up cards with any kind of debit or credit card.

Electric-powered vehicle available by the end of January 2023.

In order to reduce CO2 emissions from transport used to move food and meals, Hoster Food will make an electric-powered van available with a range of approximately 320 km, for the entire duration of the contract.



Page last updated on 21 December 2022

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