Peter Boizot was passionate about jazz. Noticing that ‘60s beatniks would sit for hours savouring a single pizza, he thought music would enhance the restaurant ambience for them. As usual, he was right.
Building on the popularity, in 1969 he opened the PizzaExpress Jazz Club on Dean Street in London. Enlisting the help of his friend, Italian designer Enzo Apicella, the pair created a Soho icon where the likes of Van Morrison, Tony Bennett, Sting, Amy Winehouse, Diana Krall, Ed Sheeran and Norah Jones have all performed.
Jamie Cullum even credits it with launching his hugely successful career. We now have two other music venues – The Pheasantry on the King’s Road in London and our Maidstone restaurant.
Live performances are not centre stage in every PizzaExpress, but our musical heritage is very much a part of the atmosphere we create for you – a kick back, evocative ambience to enjoy food and great company in.