Gondola owns three of Britain’s most popular casual dining brands— PizzaExpress, ASK and Zizzi pizza and pasta chains. PizzaExpress started in 1965 when Peter Boizot began making pizzas in Soho with an oven imported from Rome. After a spell as a plc, Cinven paid £900m to take the business private in 2006, with sales growing to an annualised £440.1m in 2007. The group has over 540 restaurants employing over 12,000 staff and plans to increase the rate of new openings to over 30 in the current year.
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