Leighton Buzzard's Amore Pizzeria opens restaurant to the public for first time since lockdowns

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Leighton Buzzard's Amore Pizzeria is proud to reopen its restaurant to the public after the pandemic saw its closure.

The Hockliffe Street business first launched in 2019, with customers having the opportunity to pay one price and try every slice on the menu - a concept called 'giro pizza' in Italy.

However, the pandemic forced the fun to cease, as the restaurant had to close its doors and focus on home deliveries to survive.

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Owner, Paulo Benfeito, told the LBO: "Most customers are really happy that we have reopened and have always been asking for us to reopen.

Paulo and Amore staff. Image: Amore Pizzeria.Paulo and Amore staff. Image: Amore Pizzeria.
Paulo and Amore staff. Image: Amore Pizzeria.

"Having a restaurant is like having a big dining room and we get to invite our customers (aka friends) to dinner every day and we get to spoil them."

The restaurant reopened on September 16 and the Amore team say that townsfolk are delighted that bottomless pizza has returned once more to Leighton Buzzard.

Paulo explained: "The customer sits down and tells us if they have any allergies. We then start making whole pizzas in our wood fired oven and serve them by the slice.

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"By the time the customer finishes, another different flavour slice is already being served.

Customers are welcome back in. Image: Amore Pizzeria.Customers are welcome back in. Image: Amore Pizzeria.
Customers are welcome back in. Image: Amore Pizzeria.

"When the customer is completely full and can't take it anymore, all the have to do is switch off the candle light.

"We then can serve delicious desserts like Nutella pizza, churros, and home made gelatos."

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When the pandemic hit, the business "quickly pivoted" to deliveries and built a mobile app for customers.

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The restaurant is ready to welcome diners. Image: Amore Pizzeria.The restaurant is ready to welcome diners. Image: Amore Pizzeria.
The restaurant is ready to welcome diners. Image: Amore Pizzeria.

Looking to the future during the 'Cost of Living Crisis', Paulo added: "We are worried about inflation as rent and food have gone up 40 per cent in the last year.

"But I’m working really hard at sourcing ingredients and becoming more efficient."

Following its humble beginnings in Leighton Buzzard, the business also has takeaways in Bletchley, Houghton Regis, and Aylesbury.

To find out more, please visit: https://amorepizzerialb.co.uk/

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