Last night’s launch party for the first Beijing branch of Pizza Express drew many* excited British people who knocked back Italian wine and beer and told anyone who would listen that, yes, this chain — with some 500 stores, including a dozen in Hong Kong and, if memory serves, ten in Shanghai — hails from their homeland.
Are you sure?
Hmm. I mean… really?
It’s true, it’s true, so very, very true!’
Good to have that settled.
Pizza Express is in the former BlueFrog space in Swire / Taikooli Sanlitun Village South. It is much brighter and airier, especially with that second floor removed, thereby allowing for higher pizza flipping. Check out the menu from Hong Kong: I’m guessing it’ll be pretty much the same here.
Here are some pics from the party, a memorable one given the attendance of Kiosk owner Sasha Uncovic (I hadn’t seen him for ages), music by Leru and Jeff Hinson, and a really deep discussion of the movie Bridget Jones.
* OK, not that many. Maybe ‘some’ is a better word.
A Somewhat Steady China Hand on the Local Bar Scene