Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, owner of the one-Michelin-starred Casamia in The General, Bristol, has confirmed he will open a new pizzeria concept, Pi Shop, in the same mixed-use development on 21 July.
The 40-cover venue draws on Casamia's Italian roots and will feature an open-plan kitchen and wood-fired oven serving an affordable menu of sourdough pizzas in a relaxed atmosphere.
Casamia, which relocated from Westbury-on-Trym in January, was launched as a simple Italian trattoria by Sanchez-Iglesias's parents in 1999. He and his brother Jonray, who passed away aged 32 last year, took it to the next level.
Pi Shop will be the first of two new restaurant concepts for the family-owned business. It will be joined later this summer by Paco Tapas, named after the brothers' father Paco, and will offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere and authentic Spanish dishes with a strong influence from Andalucia. Like Pi Shop it will be adjacent to the new Casamia premises, facing the pedestrianised Lower Guinea Street and the waterside in the redeveloped hospital site.
Sanchez-Iglesias commented: "It took us a while to find the perfect spot and one of the many reasons why we chose here, was because there's enough space for us to open all three of our restaurants. It was important to me, and Jonray, to have all our restaurants close so I'm not wasting valuable time travelling between the three. Casamia is where I will spend most of my time, but from the pass in Casamia I can see into the Pi Shop and that is invaluable to me."
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