Manchester has sprung onto the UK food scene in recent years, rapidly becoming a top destination for the devout foodies among us. No matter what kind of cuisine your taste buds are after, Manchester will no doubt provide, with culinary locations across the city serving up everything from Japanese to Scandinavian, Turkish to Chinese food.
But one of the most popular dishes that is taking Manchester by storm is the beloved pizza. Despite its Italian roots, pizza has become a much-loved food across the world, and we reckon that the UK is not short of good pizzas. In fact, Manchester is one of the few places that give Italy a run for its money.
In the heart of the Northern Quarter area of Manchester, Ply's pizzas come straight from their wood-fired pizza oven, which itself is a technique from the home of pizza, Naples. With vegan and gluten free options, the menu promises a wide range of classic topping combinations, as well as ingredients that have only more recently graced the top of a pizza, all of which come on a sourdough base. For those who like a side dish, you can even add some lamb chops and beetroot carpaccio to the table. Of course, not forgetting the sweet tooths of the city, Ply can offer a Nutella pizza for dessert. There is also a large selection of drinks if you fancy a glass of something with your meal.
2. Dough Pizza Kitchen
The clue is in the name really. Another Northern Quarter find, Dough has been going strong for 6 years now, producing homemade pizzas from scratch. If you are a traditional pizza kind of person, the extensive menu features family favourites such as Margherita and American. The part of the menu that really does it though is the modern pizzas section, because of the creativity that has been involved. A lot of the pizzas in the modern section take inspiration from popular dishes, from the English Breakfast pizza to the Chicken Balti. To add even more variety, you could add one of the homemade dips to your order, which will complement your pizza.
3. Crazy Pedro's Part-Time Pizza Parlour
Do not let the name fool you with this one. Crazy Pedro's pizzas are anything but part-time or amateur. In fact, they are full to the brim, with unique flavours, some paying homage to the classics, some just completely eclectic. There are now two branches of the Manchester pizza parlour, the original being on Bridge Street in the city centre, and the newest in the ever-popular Northern Quarter. A KFC-inspired pizza and the wonderfully named Ducky Fuzz are just a couple of examples from the quirky menu. Keep an eye out for the special monthly pizza too, the current being the Ploughman's Munch.
We think it is safe to say that Manchester has a great bunch of pizza kitchens and that is barely touching the surface of the diverse range of places serving up the delicious dish that is loved by so many.
If you live in the city or are just coming for a visit, pizza is a must in Manchester. Check out your local takeaways on Deliveroo.