New restaurant has 45 jobs on the menu

The White Rose Shopping Centre has welcomed Pizza Express.
The White Rose Shopping Centre has welcomed Pizza Express.

Pizza lovers are in for a treat with the opening of a new PizzaExpress at Leeds White Rose Shopping Centre.

The restaurant, which can seat 140 people, means jobs for 45 new team members, including 10 pizzaiolos and 25 waiters and waitresses.

An estimated 2,000 kilos of dough will be used in the first month as the team prepares to serve up 10,000 pizzas and 1,500 portions of PizzaExpress’ iconic Dough Balls.

Each PizzaExpress restaurant is individually designed – often using well known places, people or historical events from the area as the basis.

The new restaurant’s design uses materials and patterns influenced by Leeds’ textile and cloth manufacturing industry. Walls have been tiled in a striking weave pattern, inspired by the “warp and weft” created in cloth manufacture.

And artwork featuring Yorkshire dialect, with the wording “Sit Thissen Dahn An’ Tell Me Abaht It,” has been stitched using a burgundy cord.

Ashley Grove, manager of PizzaExpress Leeds White Rose, said: “We 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.”

PizzaExpress has been obsessed with pizza ever since its founder Peter Boizot opened his first restaurant on Wardour Street in London’s Soho in 1965.

It was one of the first restaurants to adopt open kitchens where its skilled pizzaiolos stretch, toss and top each freshly prepared pizza and now has over 450 restaurants across the country.