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Castlewellan put on menu as Little O's chain plans to open store


Investment: Stephen Lawless

Investment: Stephen Lawless

Investment: Stephen Lawless

A Belfast-based pizza chain, which claims to sell the largest pizza in Ireland, is set to open a new store in Co Down after what it described as a "considerable investment".

The outlet, which will be Little O's Pizzeria's third after its Andersonstown Road and Ormeau Road shops in Belfast, will create around 10 new jobs.

The new takeaway will be on Main Street in Castlewellan, next to JR's convenience store and will have seats for up to 12 people.

It is set to open in the middle of next month.

Owner Stephen Lawless said the move came about because he has family in Castlewellan and Newcastle and knows the area and competition well.

"We serve the biggest pizza in Ireland, which is a unique selling point," he added.

"People like to try that and it's a good novelty.

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"When people try it they realise its the same dough and taste as our other pizzas so they come back for more."

The chain claims it 33in pizza is the largest on the island and costs around £35.

It also runs the Big O Challenge. If a customer can finish the mammoth pizza on their own in 45 minutes then the restaurant will reward them with £100.

Mr Lawless said: "Our chefs have decades of experience so we created a unique recipe for dough and sauce that hadn't been done before.

"The first pizza that came out of our oven at our original Andersonstown store tasted amazing so we've kept the same recipe ever since.

"It's kept under wraps and only long-term staff know the recipe," he added.