Northern Ireland-based wood-fired pizza and pasta restaurant group Little Wing Pizzeria has plans to enter the UK Italian dining market following rapid expansion in its home country.
With six outlets already under its belt, Little Wing is owned and operated by Bill Wolsey and his sons, Conall and Luke.
The business is part of the Beannchor Group which runs a total of 45 bars and restaurants, including the five-star Merchant Hotel.
Managing director Luke Wolsey told the Belfast Telegraph that Little Wing’s success has “proven that this is a good business model and we have ambitious plans for growth in the coming years”.
Wolsey continued: “We are reviewing options for further expansion of Little Wing, with a number of sites being investigated across Northern Ireland.
“Looking to the future, we see the time arising whereby we will have reached a level of critical mass in Northern Ireland and will need to consider options.
“We are already tentatively looking at site locations in both the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.”
Little Wing’s first eatery opened in Belfast’s Ann Street in 2009, shortly after the group opened new sites on the Lisburn Road, in Ballyhackamore in east Belfast, Holywood and Bangor.
The restaurant prides itself in offering a range of interesting pizzas, including the Tuscan – featuring pork and fennel sausage with onions, jalapenos, rocket and chilli oil – and a 24-inch pizza for those with a bigger appetite. Little Wing’s menu also features Italian-inspired dishes such as lasagne and pesto pasta.