An award-winning Johnstone takeaway shop Pizza Crolla is out to batter the opposition after coming under the ownership of chef Ahmed Chennoufi.

Ahmed, who was head chef of Glasgow restaurant Il Pavone in Princes Square, is now looking to build on Pizza Crolla’s success after the High Street takeaway was served up a Tripadvisor 2021 Travellers’ Choice Award.

The 40-year-old wants to treat Renfrewshire foodies to his delicious Italian pastas and pizzas and will also cook up a storm by serving traditional fish and chip shop favourites seven nights a week.

Ahmed said: “I am so excited to be taking ownership of a takeaway shop which has already proved to be so popular with people in Johnstone and the surrounding areas.

“I had great times as head chef in Il Pavone but I wanted to take ownership of my own business and am hoping my dishes go down a storm in Johnstone.

Photo: Pizza Crolla new owner Ahmed Chennoufi

“Here at Pizza Crolla we will be serving up the tastiest, freshest dishes at a reasonable price.

“Throughout my chef career customer service has been vital to me and after cooking away behind the scenes in Il Pavone, I really want to build up a brilliant rapport with my new customers.”

Pizza Crolla has an impressive 4.5 out of 5 rating on Tripadvisor and Ahmed added: “Winning a Tripadvisor award is a fantastic achievement by the previous owners.

“I want to build on that success and treat my new customers to some of the dishes which proved to be so successful in Il Pavone.”