Boss of new Italian restaurant in Huddersfield says the city is better suited than Leeds or Manchester


A restaurateur who moved to Huddersfield after finding love has said he thinks the town is the perfect place to open his brand new Italian restaurant.

Pa-Pi Pasta & Pinsa opened to the public for the first time today (Wednesday) with owner Davide Garbarino promising a ‘new concept’ for diners in Huddersfield.

At the heart of its menu is the Pinsa pizza, which has several differences from the original Italian favorite. The pizza is rectangular in shape and its dough is made of three different flours. It is also said to be easier to digest.

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The restaurant also offers a “pick and mix style” pasta dish with nine different shapes and a variety of sauces on offer. Everything on the menu is under £8, except the restaurant wine.

Talk to Yorkshire Live on his first day trading Davide, 42, revealed he had moved to the UK after falling in love with his wife, Joanne.

Pa-Pi, a Pasta and Pinsa restaurant opens on King Street, Huddersfield.

“I was working in Paris, then I found my love in the UK and I got a good job, so now I’m here,” he said.

Davide, who lives in Holmfirth, has “always been involved in hospitality”. His previous roles include managing a restaurant in Paris and running his own restaurant in Italy.

Today he explained why he chose Huddersfield as the base for his next adventure.

“Why not Huddersfield?” he said. “Everyone thinks of Leeds and Manchester, but Huddersfield has a big student community, there are lots of offices and there is currently a new development in the city.

“The Packhorse is almost full now – everything is improving. I think it’s the right place. I’m hoping to expand to other towns but I want to start in Huddersfield and set foot on land here first.”

Pa-Pi Pasta & Pinsa is currently open seven days a week (11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and its hours will be reviewed next month. A delivery service will be launched next week.

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