Pizza Pi: Street food with a roof

In 2017 two friends invested £2,000 in a trailer onto which they built a pizza oven and Pizza Pi was born. One of these two chaps was Ricky Marples and five years on Pizza Pi has opened their new premises on Vicar Lane – from trailer to high street location with 18 staff in five years, not bad.

What’s even better is Pizza Pi do a fab pizza! “We make all our own dough and let it prove for 48 hours and everything we do is fresh. It’s what gives our food such great flavour,” says Ricky, “and the new venue is the perfect location in which to relax and enjoy our food, we like to think of it as street food with a roof!”

Ricky was in sales before setting up the business and jumped ship simply because he wanted to be his own boss responsible for his own fortune. Pizza Pi’s first premises were perhaps a little tucked away on Beetwell Street but quickly became the go-to pizza place for many, but like so many businesses, all was going well until the pandemic struck.

Ricky was quick to adapt, they had always offered a takeaway service and simply took to social media to tell people about it. “I have to admit, although COVID created its problems, we were able to operate our delivery and collection service throughout lockdown, as we still do today,” says Ricky. “We picked up many new customers and they are now calling in and eating with us in our new venue.”

“We must also thank the team at Chandlers Bar, who accommodated us in their courtyard whilst we were between premises. We cooked there for a few months over winter, it was cold, hard work but again we kept our customers happy with deliveries and collection.”

Today Pizza Pi have joined several small independent businesses on Vicar Lane, where you’ll find them below the big TV screen opposite H&M. If you like your pizzas give them a Call. I can be sure you’ll enjoy their great independent street-style food.