Local Italians ready to welcome Zebre

An Italian restaurant in Coventry has created some pizza art to mark a piece of sporting history.

When Zebre take on Wasps at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, October 15 (KO 1:00) in the European Champions Cup they will be the first ever professional rugby team from Italy to play in the city.

To mark the historic milestone, the Italian family-run Etna Restaurant in the city centre has served up its own special pizza in honour of the team’s visit to the region. It’s called ‘The Zebre’, and recreates the black and white club crest using mozzarella and olives. 

Carmelo Grasso is manager at the restaurant, which has been trading on Hertford Street for over 35 years.

He said: “I couldn’t resist doing something different to mark this occasion. I first moved to the city from Italy 50 years ago, so to finally have an Italian team playing on my doorstep after so long is exciting news.

“We entertain a lot of rugby fans who pass through the city centre on Wasps match days, and they’re all buzzing about their start to the season.

“A sharing of the spoils would be great from my point of view, and a visit from some of my Italian friends would really top the day off.”

Tickets for Wasps vs Zebre are available here starting from £15 for adults, while under-10s go free.