An autonomous pizza chain run by robots
Food & Drink
In France, a new chain of tiny restaurants will run autonomously by using robots to make pizzas
Spotted: French robot-pizza chain PAZZI is opening its first location to the public this month in Montevrain, France. The concept uses three robot arms produced by Universal Robots to operate a fully autonomous restaurant about the size of a large kiosk.
Shoppers order and pay for their pizza using a touchscreen, and the robot arms do the rest. The robot arms work in tandem – assembling, baking, slicing, packaging and serving the pies without human assistance. They have learned to replicate the movements of a pizza chef, creating unique pizzas by placing ingredients randomly. According to PAZZI, the robots can make a pizza every 30 seconds from nearly 5 million recipe combinations.
PAZZI, which means “crazy” in Italian, is designed as a turnkey “tech good food” concept. It was founded by engineers Sébastien Roverso and Cyrill Hamon and is working with chef Thierry Graffagnino, a three-time world pizza champion.
The pizzas will use sustainable, organic ingredients and also provide a unique experience. Customers can watch the robots at work on their pie. PAZZI is targeting the healthy robotic restaurants for high-traffic areas such as railway stations, shopping centres and universities, where junk food often predominates.
The company has recently secured €10 million in funding in a Series A round led Singaporean investment fund Qualgro. The money will be used for research and development, and to open more restaurants, including an outlet in Paris in September 2019.
21st June 2019