Yes, New York, Naples and Chicago might be more famed for it, but we say us Brits do pizza as good as anyone. And while London offers some of the best doughy joys in the country, Manchester is by no means a mozzarella-free zone. With that in mind, here’s some of the best pizzerias and pop-ups the North-West has to offer!
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza
Location: 9 Cotton Street, M4 5BF
If you’re after pizza in Manchester, you’d be foolish not to start in Ancoats, otherwise lovingly referred to as ‘Little Italy’. And whole heartedly recommend you hit up Rudy’s – for our money, the best pizzeria in Manc. The relaxed restaurants uses first-rate, locally-sourced ingredients, and follows the traditions of traditional Neapolitan techniques. Simultaneously soft and crisp, Rudy’s pizzas are quite simply the bee’s bollocks.
Location: Altrincham Market, 26 Market Street, WA14 1SA
OK it might be a little out of Manchester, but we just couldn’t ignore the beauty of Altrincham Market’s Honest Crust. The market itself is full of culinary reasons to visit, but Honest Crust has been making as many waves across the city thanks to appearances in its mobile wood fired pizza oven at various festivals. Honest Crust’s sourdough pizza is topped with quality Italian ingredients as well as small scale British producers, and it’s well worth the short trek over to Altrincham. Open daily apart from Monday.
Location: 1-3 Clarence Street, Albert Square, M2 4DE.
Located just a dough ball’s throw from the town hall, Albert Square’s Croma is one the most established pizza haunts on our list. Having been going since the start of the millennium, Croma joints can now be found all around the North-West, including in Prestwich, Chorlton, Didsbury and even at selected Odeon Cinemas. The family-friendly restaurant serves up some of the best pizzas in the city – as evidenced by its rapid growth – and we’d recommend the Chorizo Piccante. Hot and sweet – for us it’s the ideal pizza.
Location: 26 Lever Street, M1 1DW.
Manchester Food and Drink Festival awarded Ply Bar of the Year back in 2015, and while this Northern Quarter’s crafts and cocktails are on point, Ply’s foundations are firmly built on their pizza bases. As well as top quality authentic pizzas, Ply is also just a great place to hang out with exhibitions and events delivered by artists from all over the world. It’s even got a doodle wall, and if that’s not enough to persuade you, their pizza oven is also built to look like a giant disco ball.
Location: 19 John Dalton Street, M2 6FW.
But if you’re looking for a traditional Italian, Salvi’s Cucina should be one of the first places on your list. The family run restaurant produces dishes from Naples, and while everything is fresh and delicious, their pizzas are perfection. Thin, crispy and topped with some of the freshest ingredients around, Salvi’s pizzas make for a perfect date night.
Slice Bread & Pizza Bar
Location: 1 Stevenson Square, M1 1DN.
If you need a quick slice rather than a sit-down meal, you won’t find a better joint in the city than Slice. Cut by the square, this Stevenson Square deli is run by two Italians who trained in Rome as pizzaioli to learn how to make the best pizza and focaccia. They even had their Castelli oven made there too. Perfect for your lunchbreak.
Double Zero ‘00’ Neapolitan Pizza
Location: 368 Barlow Moor Road, M21 8AZ.
Based in the heart of Chorlton, we think 00 is one of the best value meals out in the city. Specialising in authentic Neapolitan pizza, Zero’s sour dough creations is are made by their own Italian chef, and are topped with fresh tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and a range of delicious toppings. It’s also a bring-your-own-booze joint, which always makes for a great atmosphere.