Former Milan and Parma man Jesper Blomqvist has opened his own pizza restaurant in Sweden, inspired by “my time in Italy.”
He played for Milan in 1996-97 and moved on to Parma a year later before beginning his time in England with Manchester United, Everton and Charlton.
The 44-year-old ex-winger retired in January 2011 and has since won a TV talent show for dancing in his homeland.
Blomqvist has now bought a pizzeria on Lidingo island, near Stockholm.
“I have taken over a pizzeria on Lidingo. It's been around for a few years, but we'll move to new premises and open in a month," he told Expressen.
“I've been looking for a food and beverage project for a long time. I have always thought it would be fun since my time in Italy.
“Neapolitan pizza is really happening. We've had a wood-burning stove shipped from Naples, and we will use the best Italian ingredients.
“We won't strive to make pure Neapolitan pizza - we are in Sweden after all - but we won't make it with curry or bananas.
“I am learning how to bake pizza. In six months' time I'll be there making pizzas even on Saturdays.”
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