A husband and wife unveiled their new pizzeria, coffee house and gelateria in Bolton-le-Sands this week.
Miaitalia, on Byepass Road at the site of the former Hawthorns restaurant, sells authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, coffee and ice cream.
David and Katy Waddington launched the brand in 2010 when they opened up premises in Kirkby Lonsdale.
Now, the couple have decided to go one step further by opening a pizzeria in North Lancashire, creating several jobs.
The shop opened last Tuesday and pizzas were served for the first time yesterday, Wednesday. David said: “Katy and I have always had a passion for all things Italian – my grandmother Gina is originally from Italy and moved to England after the Second World War.
“The response to Miaitalia in Kirkby Lonsdale was fantastic and we’re hoping to match our success here, especially now that the business has developed so much - from mobile coffee shops, to retail, to a pizzeria.”
David and Katy, who quit careers in the newspaper industry to go into business together, started out with three mobile coffee outlets at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.
Miaitalia was created off the back of the success of their Caffeine Rush coffee franchise, which the couple ran together for more than six years.
It was almost a decade ago that David first set his sights on the building which houses the pizzeria, but he said the timing back then was not right. He added: “Since then we’ve built up the Miaitalia brand and now, ten years on, here we are.”
The building was in a state of disrepair when work first began at the site in June and has undergone a complete renovation.
Adam Parton, of Moore and Smalley Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, Lancaster, who is supporting the venture, said: “The pizzeria will undoubtedly enhance what is already on offer in Bolton-le-Sands and support the village’s reputation for quality independent retailers.”