SAN Carlo’s Flying Pizza restaurant at Roundhay has officially opened, and Confidential was there to see it first hand.
The San Carlo Group, which owns a restaurant on South Parade in Leeds and eight other venues in the UK, bought the Flying Pizza from administrators in February.
The restaurant has been given total refurbishment including a new frontage, a marble bar and new furniture in the outside dining area - and it all looks very nice indeed.
San Carlo’s Flying Pizza has 130 covers inside and 60 covers outside. There's a new menu too, including some small cicchetti tapas-style dishes in the afternoon.
The existing front of house staff have been retained and retrained too.
We ate. A lot. There was seafood, two types of spaghetti, veal escolape, and a very good slab of steak, among other things.
There was also a nod to the restuarant's 1970s heyday, when it was a bit of a celebrity hangout, with a frozen chocolate ice cream dessert doused with sambucca and set on fire. Retro.
Carlo Distefano, owner of the San Carlo group and former Roundhay resident, said acquiring and restoring the restaurant has been a labour of love.
“This restaurant comes with such a great history," he said. "As a family we often ate here in its hey-day and although it has a new, contemporary look and feel, we’ve worked hard to restore it to its former glory.
"We’ve applied the San Carlo signature touches to Flying Pizza and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back.”
Confidential was impressed with the whole look and feel of the place - we'll be back for a proper review in due course. But it's certainly added to the existing food and drink mix in Roundhay.
Flying Pizza is at 60 Street Lane, Roundhay, LS8 2DQ. For reservations call 0113 266 6501.
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