A TASTE of Italy will come to the Taunton area when a new pop-up pizza business launches.

Married couple Poppy and Nial Sellick, both 26, will be cooking up pizzas to take away from a converted horsebox.

Poppy and Nial, who live in Blackbrook, will be operating in Taunton and other locations in the area in the coming weeks.

They had intended to be up and running this summer, but their plans were thwarted by the coronavirus lockdown measures.

Their Papavero Pizza venture had been booked to appear at a number of events, including fairs, weddings and shows, which were all either cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.

Poppy, who works as a nurse during the day, said they hope to soon operate a couple of evenings a week in locations such as Creech St Michael, North Curry and other villages.

She said: "We bought the horsebox last year and converted it into a pizza van.

"We've got a pizza oven capable of doing three pizzas at a time.

"All our dough will be handmade and the ingredients locally sourced and we look forward to sharing our pizzas with everyone.

"We're very excited about it.

"At the moment, we both work full-time. I'm a nurse and Nial is an engineer with Open Reach, although he used to be a chef.

"If it all goes well, we're hoping to run the business entirely full time.

"We're looking to soon start doing a couple of pop-up pitches each week in villages where they don't necessarily have takeaway facilities."

Poppy added: "Unfortunately, everything we'd planned for years has gone because of Corona.

"Hopefully we'll be up and running next year and maybe in time for the Christmas market, but no-one's really sure yet."