A NEW kid on the block in the Pizza world has emerged at Newlands shopping centre in Harare.
Pizzaroni Subs and Grill, headquartered in the USA, opened its first franchise in Africa late last year at the upmarket centre and – nine months down the line, locals are feasting in rare dishes they had only seen on newspapers or on televisions.
The outlet is owned by United States-based local entrepreneur Peter Mwedziwendira.
A variety of pizzas which include Pepperoni extreme, Meat Lovers, Chicken Ranchero, Barbeque chicken and Steak Ranchero, are on offer.
The pizzas are reasonably priced, ranging from just $4 to $22, depending on sizes and ingredients.
The outlet also provides chicken Buffalo wings, platters and subs in addition to locally-prefered dishes like chicken and chips and burgers.
In an interview with NewsDay this week, Store Manager Ranga Munyoro said the response has been amazing and very encouraging.
“We saw the potential of growth of the fast food sector in Zimbabwe after a decade-long recession. Our subs are popular at the beginning of the week and at weekends, families troop in for our tasty pizzas.
Demand is growing with each passing day,” said Munyoro, adding that they are serving an average of 120 customers per day.
Pizzaroni marketing executive Lynnette Manyepa said they are widening their horizons to capture a wider market.
“We have introduced a catering division that services the corporate world and at events like golf tournaments, product launches and conferences. We also provide catering at individual family events like weddings,, funerals and anniversaries,” she said.
“The trend in society has changed and at funerals for example, mourners find it a hussle to do the cooking themselves and opt for an outside caterer while they concentrate on the core business,” she said adding that they are also targeting shools and end-of-year dinners at learning institutions.