Pizza Express founder Peter Boizot has passed away at his home in Peterborough.
His sister Clementine Allen confirmed her brother and former Peterborough United Football Club owner, 89, had died.
The entrepreneur opened his first Pizza Express in Soho in 1965 and has been widely credited for introducing pizza to the masses and revolutionising the casual-dining experience.
Peter Boizot opened his first Pizza Express after failing to find any Italian food in London
Pizza Express founder Peter Boizot attends the launch of the 'New Generation' in 2010. He first opened a shop in 1965
Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone) and Warren Vache (flugelhorn) playing live at Pizza Express in London in February 1979. In 1969, Peter started PizzaExpress Jazz Club, with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Amy Winehouse starring there. Ever since, music has been at the heart of the dining experience
Pizza Express owner Peter Boizot standing outside his shop
Gregory Porter performing at Pizza Express Dean Street in Soho in 2001
Fat Boys perform at Pizza Express in Kensington, London in 1985
Amy Winehouse celebrated her 26th birthday with dinner in Pizza Express in Marylebone in 2009
Ian Shaw and Sue Richardson perform on stage at Pizza Express Live, Soho as part of the London Jazz Festival 2009 on November 17, 2009 i
Each Pizza Express shop is individually designed depending on the local tastes of the area. Pictured: The Pizza Express in Kingston upon Thames in 2004
Pizza Express managing director Zoe Bowley said: 'In his 89 years, this remarkable entrepreneur achieved an astonishing amount, not just within the dining industry, but across music, sport, and charity as well.
'He launched a culinary revolution with the first PizzaExpress in 1965, introducing delicious pizza and casual dining to the UK, inspired by his travels in Italy.'
She added: 'His philanthropic work was renowned, raising £2million for the Venice in Peril fund and he inspired the company to continue this charitable mission.
'Peter's spirit and vision to bring great pizza to the UK and beyond, and his passion for good food and good times, will live on.
'We will miss him dearly. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.'
A statement from the firm on their Facebook page read: 'It is with great sadness that we share the news that our founder, Peter Boizot, passed away on 5th December 2018. In his 89 years, this remarkable entrepreneur achieved an astonishing amount, not just within the dining industry, but across music, sport, and charity as well.'
It continued: 'Peter’s spirit, vision and his passion for good food and good times, will live on and we will continue to carry forward his legacy through the people and culture of our business. We will all miss him dearly. Our