San Carlo's Old & New Owners Join Celeb Chef Aldo Zilli to Celebrate 40 Years at The Iconic Flying Pizza Restaurant with the Launch of New Dining Terrace
San Carlo, Flying Pizza, 60 Street Lane, Roundhay, Leeds LS28 2DQ
Iconic Roundhay restaurant Flying Pizza celebrated its 40th birthday with a very special reunion.
Thursday 2nd February saw founding owner Adriano Piazzaroli jet in from Italy to join long-time friend and current owner Carlo Distefano and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli, to toast the 40th year and celebrate the launch of a new, stylish dining terrace, complete with retractable roof.
With Adriano at the helm, Flying Pizza became one of the most famous restaurants in Leeds. After seventeen years at the top Adriano returned to his native Italy to concentrate on his food and wine export business.
Carlo Distefano, Chairman of the multi-award winning San Carlo Group, which also owns San Carlo on South Parade, along with seventeen further contemporary Italian restaurants, bought Flying Pizza six years ago in February 2011.
During the intervening years after Adriano left the business, Flying Pizza had lost its sparkle, eventually falling into administration.
Former Roundhay resident Carlo Distefano and his family, who were friends of Adriano’s and often ate at Flying Pizza in its hey-day, stepped in to acquire the business, with the aim of restoring it to its former glory.
Now, six years on, following a lavish refurbishment and continued investment, Flying Pizza has seen a return to success.
The celebration saw owners past and present reunite to toast the anniversary and the launch of a new chic dining terrace which seats close to 100, with a stunning feature olive tree and a retractable roof for instant alfresco dining, should the weather allow.
The perfect place for a celebration with friends or family or an intimate romantic occasion, the terrace offers atmospheric dining in a beautiful setting.
Commenting on the occasion, Carlo Distefano, Chairman of San Carlo Group Restaurants said:
“I’m thrilled to welcome my old friend Adriano back to Flying Pizza, the place he created all those years ago. We’ve been friends right back from those early days here, when we lived in Roundhay. In fact, it was Adriano I went to for advice when I wanted to open my first restaurant, he was so helpful and we’ve remained firm friends. It only seemed right that he was here to celebrate 40 years of Flying Pizza with us today.”
San Carlo Group’s Celebrity Chef Consigliere, Aldo Zilli also joined the reunion, cooking up a special anniversary meal to mark the occasion.
Open seven days a week from noon until late, Flying Pizza believes attention to detail is critical to its success. All dishes are made on the premises from scratch using only the finest seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced locally in Yorkshire or flown in from produce markets in Sicily and Milan.
Find out more about San Carlo Flying Pizza or call to book 0113 266 6501.
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