A pizza restaurant has introduced a robot to serve customers.

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Bill Kitsillis, the co-owner of Angelo's Palace Pizza in Rhode Island, explained that he purchased the robot - known as a Servi - to help ease the pressure on the staff.

He told WJAR-TV: "When we're really busy, our expediter is always yelling out, 'Runners, runners,' looking for people to run food and our servers are busy."

Kitsillis explained that the robot has been programmed to understand the layout of the restaurant and is grateful that his staff are able to devote more time to customers.

He said: "I feel like if my servers are able to spend more face-to-face time with the guests instead of running back and forth in the restaurant, just makes the job easier."

The restaurant is also holding a naming contest for its resident robot, with a cash prize for the winner.