Best Pizza In Manchester
If you were on the lookout for great pizza in Manchester 10 years ago, the choices weren't that great, Pizza Express was probably the most visited pizza place in the city (not that there's anything wrong with Pizza Express of course), but variety really was lacking. Over the past few years, a whole host of new pizza restaurants have opened, and the amount of choice has exploded. We've looked through all the new kids on the block, as well as some well-established favourites (hello Croma) to try and find the best pizzas in Manchester. Below is our guide to Manchester's favourite pizza for 2021.
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, Cotton Street
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza began life on Cutting Room square in Ancoats in 2015, when that part of town was just beginning to grow, and very quickly became a firm local favourite. They've won numerous awards (3rd best pizza and 10th best in the world no less) and they've very quickly expanded to more sites in Manchester, Sale, Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham (and possibly a few more by the time I finish this article). They now enjoy an almost cult-like following among regulars. If someone in Manchester tells you Rudy's is the best pizza in town, don't argue... you won't win. The flour comes from Naples, the tomatoes are San Marzano and at Rudy's it's all about the dough. Slow proofed to produce springy chewy, easy-to-digest deliciousness.
Crazy Pedro's, Bridge Street
Crazy Pedro's have locations on Bridge Street and on Short Street in the Northern Quarter. As well as the well rated pizza's, they also have the largest Mezcal and Tequila selection in the city. Everything is ordered at the bar (no table service). The motto at Crazy Pedro's is 'We like to party all the time', so expect music, crowds and some unique pizzas. The 'chippy tea' features sausage, chips, peas and curry sauce, or opt for the hot dog or fried chicken pizzas (there's also a few 'normal' pizza options for traditionalists). The party carries on until 4am, with pizzas served up all night long.
Double Zero, Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton
Handmade, authentic and Neapolitan are the only words needed to describe the pizzas at Double Zero. Slow fermented to produce a chewy crust, hand stretched and cooked for less than 2 minutes at 450c. These pizzas are so traditionally Italian, even the oven was flown in from Naples! This is a BYOB restaurant so be sure to stop off at the off licence on the way.
Croma, Albert Square
Croma has been a Manchester favourite for 21 years now. (ooh, happy birthday!). Starting life with their restaurant off Albert Square in 2000 winning newcomer of the year straight away (the first of many, many awards). They've since expanded to Prestwich, Chorlton and Didsbury. Croma offers friendly, efficient casual dining. The Manchester flagship covers 3 floors, and you can usually turn up and get a table. Pizzas here are light and airy, and certainly won't break the bank. Check out them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Davardi's, Bolton Road, Walkden
Davardis have been around since 1971, and lay claim to being the first pizza shop in the north of England. From the two locations in Walkden and Monton, the pizza prep starts in the early hours, with the kneading and cutting before being left to prove, before being topped with the secret recipe tomato sauce. The cheese if from County Kerry and the beef is sourced locally.
PLY, Lever Street
PLY is a Northern Quarter bar and restaurant, serving wood fired sourdough pizzas, as well as featuring art exhibitions and a book exchange. They have a decent range of craft beer, wine and cocktails. PLY is brought to you by people behind Kosmonaut on Tariff Street, so expect the same Northern Quarter vibe at PLY. The theme is rather industrial, and the pizza oven is clad in sparkly, shiny tiles. The Pizzas are thick, tasty and Neapolitan in style, and a good range of veggie options are available.
Franco Manca, Mosley St
Franco Manca was setup in 2008 and already has over 50 restaurants in the UK, though mostly in London (and they've even opened one in Salina, Italy). The Manchester branch opened in 2019. At Franco Manca you can't book ahead, but they do have a virtual queuing system, so if they are full, you can join the queue if you are within 500 metres of the restaurant. Franco Manca keep it simple. They do slow rising sourdough pizza with just a small selection of topping, and a few starters.
Honest Crust, Altrincham Market
Classic sourdough pizzas are served up at Honest Crust in Altrincham Market, (with locations also at Mackie Mayor and Macclesfield Picturedome). As well as serving up the best pizzas in Altrincham, in 2019, Honest Crust (who once proudly claimed they 'don't do Chicken' also teamed up with Curry Mile favourite Mughli to produce the ‘Forgive me Napoletana, for I have sinned’, made with Mughli’s smoky tandoori chicken.
6 Cut, Monton Road, Monton
6 Cut is a small independently owned restaurant out in Monton. They are family and dog friendly, and serve up great sourdough pizza as well breakfast, brunch, burgers and chicken. You can expect a warm welcome from Caren & Paul, and choose from a wide range of pizza creations, including a lamb and feta or broccoli and Stilton.
Noi Quattro, High Street, Northern Quarter
Noi Quattro wins the award for being most authentically Italian, being operated by 4 Italian Friends. Noi Quattro means 'the four of us'. The dough is fermented slowly over 48 hours with the minimal yeast then blasted for 90 seconds, as well as the owners, the oven has also come all the way from Italy. You can also try the 'O Cuoppo', an Italian street food staple featuring potato croquettes, vegetables, courgette flowers, mozzarella bocconcini, and fluffy balls of dough.
Ciaooo Pizzeria, Swan Street
This Northern Quarter Pizzeria opened its doors in 2018 (though they've been working on the recipes for 15 years). They use a stone bake oven to create authentic Neapolitan pizza, with a modern twist. As well as great pizza's, they have the widest choice of Burrata in the city, using the best Fior Di Latte mozzarella.
Proove, Burton Road, West Didsbury
Well, we didn't say they were all in the city, did we? Proove was born in Sheffield in 2015, after Deepak and Rob returned from a trip to Naples and started baking Neapolitan style pizza from a pop-up pizza oven. They soon expanded and setup in Sheffield and West Didsbury. They use 00-grade Caputo flour and Fior Di Latte mozzarella. Despite establishing a permanent home (or two), they haven't abandoned their mobile roots completely, and you can still book their pop-up pizza van for parties and gatherings.
GB Pizza Co, Lapwing Lane, Didsbury
GB Pizza Co started life in the back of a 1974 VW camper, serving up wood fired pizza at farmers markets and festivals. They opened a 'proper' restaurant in Margate in 2012 and opened in Didsbury in 2017. Zoe Williams, food critic for The Sunday Telegraph, described the pizza as "the best pizza I’ve ever had". I guess it doesn't get better than that? GB Pizza Co use 00 British flour, slow cooked sauce and British cheeses and toppings.
Pizza Place, King Street West
Pizza Place popped up on King Street West in 2020, serving traditional Italian style pizzas using stone-ground Petra flour and Fior d'Agerola. The interior is sleek and modern, and they aim for a welcoming and cosy atmosphere. The pizzas are reasonably priced, and you can get set price unlimited pizza on Sundays.
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