Neapolitan halal pizza palace is coming to Bolton in March

A NEW pizza palace is about to open in Bolton to give people an affordable taste of the authentic Italian favourite.

Bilal Mahmood and his business partner Faiyaz Patel, from Bolton, plan to open FiredUp, offering halal Neapolitan pizzas, in March in the former Victory pub building.

The friends have already honed their pizza-making skills with the help of famed Italian pizza maker – Davide Auria, and worked with him to create the menu, sourcing key ingredients in Italy.

Bilal said: ‘It was really a lockdown thing, I’m a construction worker usually but with Covid I ended up sitting at home.

“I’ve always been a foodie and love going out to try new places to eat, but since we couldn’t do that, we relied on deliveries and my favorite is still pizza.

“To be honest, in Bolton you can’t find a good place for authentic Italian pizza that’s also halal. Just stick to cheese and tomatoes.

Bilal always wanted to get into the food industry, but first thought of starting a burger and fries restaurant, until the idea for pizza came to him.

While training with Davide Auria, the two managed to convince him to train the staff as well.

Another thing about the new restaurant will be the chance to see chefs making select pizzas.

Bilal said, “It’s almost like a subway because we’ll have the topping in front of them, they can choose, and we’ll make the dough, stretch it and make the pizza, all in front of the customers.

“The oven is from Italy and it spins, so it’s the best to use.

“It had to be in Bolton because I was born and raised here, and we want to finally bring Neapolitan halal pizza to Bolton.”

Pizza isn’t the only thing FiredUp will sell, as Bilal also plans to sell milkshakes and desserts.

Bilal has previously dragged his desserts into lockdown with a successful home business on Instagram @BombayShakes.

He proved popular while not working in construction, but left after three months to focus on the new business and returned to work.

He added: “It worked well but it was just an experiment to see if people would like my milkshakes, which I made in my mum’s kitchen.”

The restaurant will open in the former Victory Pub in Chorley Old Road.

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