The departure of Oscar and Rosie’s from Nottingham’s Das Kino may have left a gaping pizza-shaped hole in the city’s bar scene but a young Nottingham chef is hoping to fill the void.
Louis Gray, aka Louis Louis, will be sticking closely to the tried and tested format that proved so popular with his predecessors at the Fletcher Gate bar – but with a few new twists.
His Pizza and Deli Emporium will serve classic pizzas and sides, but also a range of sandwiches and homemade cakes.
Offerings will include pizzas like The Swine and Pine with sweet chilli glazed pineapple, shredded ham hock and jalapeños, and the Summer Garden – unbaked and topped with garlic butter, spinach, watercress, macerated fennel, radish and tomato shaved parmesan.
Sides will include Bratwurst baked beans, chicken strips with honey mustard and spring onion, and warm giant pretzels with hummus, balsamic vinegar and oil.
Louis, 23, said: “I’ve been cooking professionally for four years now and to get the chance to go it alone is something I’m very much looking forward to, especially in my home city. It has been my goal since I was just a kid.
“My passion for cookery comes from spending time in the kitchen with my food-obsessed family and I’m using these influences and my love of using bold flavour combinations, to create a menu which I believe is a real game-changer.”
He added: “I am excited to be working with the guys at Das Kino as it is one of my favourite venues in Nottingham. Das Kino is due to celebrate its first birthday soon and it’s become a real go to place in the city.
“It’s exciting to think that I will be feeding their loyal punters and helping to continue to make it the place to eat in Nottingham.”
Meanwhile, Oscar and Rosie’s fans shouldn’t have to wait too long to get their next fix. The company are in the process of setting up their new city centre venue, which is due to open mid-late September. They have yet to officially reveal the location but if you know Nottingham well, there are some interesting pictures on their Facebook page which should give you a clue….