When some of your biggest-selling items are literal balls of dough, you know you’re doing something right, and the folks at Pizza Express have been doing it right for decades. But there’s a lot more to the company than just open kitchens and a high tolerance for infants -- here are a dozen things you didn’t know...
1. It all started after a nice holiday
After taking a trip to Italy, founder Peter Boizot lamented the lack of quality pizza in his hometown of London, so in 1965 he imported the country’s first proper Italian pizza oven and a proper Italian pizza chef. Unfortunately, the oven didn’t actually fit through the door. Not to let that stop him, Peter knocked down the wall to make it fit. Also? He’s a life-long vegetarian.
2. The original marg cost five shillings and six pence
Which is a title less than a fiver in today’s not-quite-so Dickensian currency.
3. They’re actually operating in 14 different countries
And they have regional specialities, like the Peking duck pizza in Hong Kong.