Whether you prefer it thin and crispy, deep and doughy or *shudder* topped with pineapple, pizza's like a lovely cheesy friend that will never let you down.
Some like it hot, some like it EXTRA HOT and others like it stone cold out of a cardboard box the next day, hungover, wearing just their underpants.
Whatever your guilty pleasure, we won’t judge, here’s ten places to get a slice of the good stuff, and our favourite creations in them…
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza
Classic Margherita – Tomato, fior di latte (mozzarella), basil, parmesan and e.v olive oil
If the queue on the outside equates to the quality of the food on the inside, then Rudy’s must be doing something right. Perhaps the most authentic pizzeria on this list and likely the busiest, you might have a little wait before you can get your hands on their famous dough, but it’s worth it. Opened a couple of years ago with the aim to bring world class pizza to Ancoats, they’ve already built themselves a loyal following right across Manchester and managed to expand further with a site on Peter Street.
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza
9 Cotton St, Manchester M4 5BF
Petersfield House, Peter St, Manchester M2 5QJ
The Mac Daddy – Mini hamburger, jack cheese, mac sauce, gherkins, shredded lettuce
File this under “I’ll try anything once… and then probably come back for more,” anywhere peddling pizzas with chips and gravy on them is crazy enough to find a place in most Mancunians hearts. Unfortunately, that particular delicacy is no longer on the menu, but there’s plenty more madcap creations to explore, not to mention the city’s largest selection of tequilas and mezcals, what could possibly go wrong?
55–57 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BQ
Short Street, Northern Quarter
Double Zero Neapolitan Pizza
Napoli – Anchovies, capers, olives
Named after the grain of Italian flour best used to make your pizza and pasta just so, Chorlton’s Double Zero must know what they’re on about. In a neighbourhood blessed with more boozers than top restaurants, this place bucks the trend and, when it comes to the drink, you can bring your own too – making it a pretty bargainous option. Always go for the classic Napoli and embrace the true Italian vibes.
Double Zero, 368 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M21 8AZ
Go Bang – Mozzarella, Spianata Calabrese, Nduja, Red Onion
Electrik’s (relatively) new food offering is made up of the world’s greatest foodstuff – pizza. The menu features some wonderfully authentic and excellent toppings, and the dough is certainly one of the best you’ll find this side of Napoli. What’s more is they offer various deals on the pizza too, like £5 10’’ pizzas on Mondays and a weekly Giro (all-you-can-eat) for a fiver when you buy a drink.
Electrik, 559a Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 0AE
Noi Quattro – Mozzarella fior di latte, cherry tomatoes, parma ham, rocket, parmesan shavings & extra virgin olive oil
Relative Northern Quarter newcomer Noi Quattro have secured themselves a pretty impressive reputation since opening – which is entirely down to their simple, authentic pizzas (at a very reasonable price). They really focus on authenticity here so be prepared to expect some seriously Italian ingredients and only the best when it comes to the dough. Their £10 lunch deal is excellent value for money too.
Noi Quattro, 120 High St, Manchester M4 1HQ
Mortadella – Mortadella salami, black olives and homemade pistachio pesto dressing
A bit of a dark horse here. Or is that a hidden gem? Well, if you’re a student in the city, or ever have been, then you’ll probably know that Sandbar not only serve up a very impressive range of beers and booze, they also make some of the best pizzas in the city. Any visit here should certainly include a bit of food, and when you see these beauties going past on their way to someone’s table – it’s very hard to resist ordering yourself one. Their Mortadella (£11.60 for 14 inch) is truly phenomenal.
Sandbar, 120 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HL
Sausage & Broccoli – bianca, fior di latte, fennel sausage, wild broccoli, chilli, red onion
They may have recently closed their doors for about a day, but they’re now open again with new owners and well, pretty much more of the same. The idea of ‘don’t fix it if it’s not broken’ certainly rules here – so you should still expect more of the same pizza perfection. With some cracking little salads (try the burrata it’s incredible) to accompany their tasty sourdough pizzas you’ll arguably find some of the best food on this list at PLY, but when it comes to the beer they’re definitely winning hands down. An ever changing range of draught is backed up by a solid selection of bottles; definitely the ale connoisseur’s choice.
PLY, 26 Lever St, Manchester M1 1DW
Margherita – San Marzano tomato, basil, mozzarella
Kicking things off at Altrincham Market and now toasting away at Mackie Mayor too, Honest Crust have cornered the ‘pizza in an old building’ market with their brilliant creations and frankly stunning sourdough bases. They like to stick to their traditional roots so you can’t go wrong with the classic margherita, although they often have some very special specials in collaborations with many of the city’s eating venues.
Honest Crust, Altrincham Market & Mackie Mayor
Calzone Napoletano – Folded pizza, salami Napoli, prosciutto cotto, tomato sauce, 4or di latte cheese & basil
Since opening in Altrincham a few years back, Tre Ciccio have smashed it, with recent openings in Bramall and Ramsbottom too. One of the many reasons they’ve been doing so well are their fantastic pizzas – cooked to perfection in their huge oven upstairs. They also won Pizza Chef of the Year at the National Pizza Awards in 2019 so they’re definitely doing something right!
Tre Ciccio, 4a Moss Ln, Altrincham WA14 1BA
Ciaoo (hot) – Jalapeño cream base, provola, calabrese, chicken, pancetta, parmesan, extra virgin olive oil
Authentic Italian pizza but with a playful, modern twist – that’s what you get down at Ciaooo on Swan Street and quite frankly – we love it. There’s a massive selection of pizzas available, from the simple to creations topped with more ingredients than you’d find in Jamie Oliver’s fridge. They also serve up some pretty brilliant specials each week – most of which will earn you at least 50 likes on your Instagram if you take a piccy.
Ciaooo, 62-64 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JU