By Jano Tantongco
A college student from Northport is trying his hand in the entrepreneurial world with his food order service Just Mangia, and he recently took the company to the next level.
Owen Martinetti, 21, began offering food deliveries through the service two weeks ago.
To do it, he’s partnered with local restaurants to deliver meals to residents, who can order with just a click of a mouse, or tap on a smartphone.
Martinetti had the idea back when he was a student at Northport High School, but couldn’t get it off the ground for insurance reasons. Martinetti, who’s in his last semester at Baruch College in New York City, where he studies economics and philosophy, has seen first-hand the success of such companies in Manhattan.
“It’s working in the city, why can’t it work on Long Island?” Martinetti asked himself.
He’s collaborating with Northport restaurants Batata Cafe, Macadoo’s Grille, Maroni Cuisine, and Northport Feed and Grain, and The Village Hero in Huntington.
With the Maroni, Martinetti has partnered to deliver the restaurant’s famous meatballs, precooked, on Sundays, when it’s normally closed.
“It’s more of a personal connection. I’m working with the restaurants to build up their take-out and delivery business,” Martinetti said.
The delivery radius currently includes Eaton’s Neck to the north, Clay Pitts Road in East Northport to the south, Centerport Road to the west and Sagtikos Parkway to the east. There are plans to soon expand the Sunday deliveries as far west as Cold Spring Harbor, as far east as Kings Park in the east, and as far south as Dix Hills.
And, soon enough, Martinetti hopes to grow to serve beyond the borders of the Town of Huntington, eventually moving further west to Nassau.
The Just Mangia app is available on the App Store for Apple devices, and the Google Play Store for Android devices; and its website is Justmangia.com.