A POPULAR Edinburgh pizza brand has begun work on its new Glasgow venue as it begins its UK-wide expansion plans.

The team at Civerinos has kicked-off a £500,000 renovation of a unit on Radnor Street in the city’s west end, which was previously home to Le Petit Conchon.

This is the first new venue in the expansion, with plans in the works to open two more restaurants in Glasgow’s southside and city centre.

More than 30 jobs will be created with the opening of the first Civerinos in Glasgow’s west end in September, with plans to create 100 in total. Civerinos will begin recruiting in Glasgow next month.

In eight years, the company has built three venues inspired by NY pizza joints on Forrest Road, Portobello Promenade and in Corstorphine.

Owner Michele Civiera said: “I’m proud of what we’ve built in Edinburgh, but that counts for nothing. When we open in Glasgow in September, it will be day one all over again. We’re starting from scratch; I’m treating this like it’s my first business.

“I fell in love with NY-style pizza when I lived and worked in New York. I love Paesano, Baked, Errol’s, the West Side Tavern, Celinos and so many others. Glasgow has a love affair with pizza and I’m excited to be part of it. The food scene in general is incredible and there’s a buzz about the city.”

The National: Owner Michele CivieraOwner Michele Civiera (Image: Civerinos)

The group has also invested in a production kitchen, training academy and creative studio. Civiera added: “I want to be the boss I always wanted to have. Hospitality is an amazing career, but it’s been given a bad name - we want to be part of the solution.

"We’re working extremely hard to be as good, and fair as we can possibly be, while providing a destination for people to build exciting, fulfilling careers within a growing business.”

Civerinos has become a social sensation, with almost 100k followers across its channels.

In 2021, the brand moved beyond pizza, launching a collaborative beer with Brewgooder. It has previously been dubbed the “coolest place to eat in Edinburgh” by GQ and has been listed among the top 20 pizzas in the world.

Michele continued: “If you’ve visited us before, you’ll know what to expect - if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Just like in Edinburgh you’ll be served massive, tasty slices by good people with a playlist full of 80s and 90s hip hop."

For more information visit the Civerinos website.