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Azzurri Group

Who is Azzurri Group?

Backed by Bridgepoint Capital, Azzurri Group is the market leader in the Italian casual dining sector, operating ASK Italian, Zizzi and Coco di Mama restaurants.

What does Azzurri Group ("Azzurri") do?

Azzurri employs nearly 6,000 people and serves over 15 million meals a year across more than 250 restaurants and shops. ASK Italian and Zizzi offer contemporary Italian dining and great value for money. Coco di Mama offers a range of quality hot and cold Italian grab-and-go food.

"Every time you dine with us, it should be for great Italian inspired food in an environment designed with individual touches unique to the local area" - Zizzi

The opportunity

Why Bridgepoint Capital invested in this business:

  • To rejuvenate management, drive marketing initiatives and implement operational improvements
  • For significant new restaurant opening potential across the UK and Ireland
  • To back winning, casual dining brands.

Why we like the investment

"This is a leading food chain which has a number of well-known brands under its banner. The recent acquisition of Deliveroo further bolsters the group" – Patrick Knechtli, SL Capital

Investment Year

2015

Head office

UK

Status

Invested

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