PizzaExpress celebrates grand opening in Shirley
30 new jobs as new restaurant team prepares to stretch, toss and serve 3,000 pizzas in its first month
Pizza lovers in Shirley are in for a treat as another PizzaExpress opens on 30 June. The new restaurant in Parkgate Shopping Centre, which can seat 100, means jobs for 30 new team members including nine pizzaiolas and 20 waiters and waitresses. An estimated 500 kilos of dough will be used in the first month as the team prepares to serve up 3,000 pizzas and 1,000 portions of PizzaExpress’ iconic Dough Balls.
Ben Bannister, manager of PizzaExpress Shirley, said, “We will have a beautiful new restaurant and can’t wait to show it off to our customers. We have a friendly and enthusiastic team who are looking forward to welcoming everyone over a delicious pizza. Our new restaurant will be a great spot for everything from a casual lunch or dinner to a special celebration – we’re delighted to be bringing PizzaExpress to Parkgate Shopping Centre.”
PizzaExpress has a Spring/Summer menu which boasts classic Italian style and fashionable flavours as well as a wider range of its low-calorie Leggera dishes which contain fewer than 500 calories. There are new gluten-free options and a cheese-free pizza that is suitable for vegans. And there are seasonal treats such as a low-calorie salad, summery deserts and a refreshing cocktail.
Parents can now book a Kids’ Pizza Making Party. Children from the age of four to 11 will be transformed into mini-pizzaiolas, getting to stretch and toss their own pizza base, before topping it with their favourite ingredients. Once they’ve enjoyed their culinary creations, they will be entertained with games, Like Pin the Moustache on the Pizzaiolo, by their personal party host.