Pizza has become hugely popular in Manchester in recent years. New venues are popping up at a rate of knots, specialising in all things cheese, tomato and dough, with award-winning restaurants rubbing shoulders with more wacked-out options all across the city. We’ve picked out the very best, including a couple of wild cards.
So, without further a-dough (apologies), here are the city’s best pizza restaurants, whether you’re looking for Italian authenticity, or something a bit more bonkers. Would you like extra cheese on that? Of course you do.
Here are our picks
Salvi’s Pizzeria Napoletana, John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6FW - Visit now
The best new pizzeria in town? It’s a firm yes from us. Salvis Pizzeria Napoletana is a must-try for cheese, tomato and dough-lovers, thanks to the three-times-a-week delivery of fresh ingredients, direct from Italy. Welcome to the North’s very own piece of Naples.
Rudy’s Pizza, 9 Cotton Street, Ancoats, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5BF - Visit now
Rudy’s is based in the very up-and-coming Cutting Room Square and proclaims to be run by “Neapolitan pizza makers and enthusiasts following the cultural traditions of Naples.” Buonissimo, right? But what does this tradition actually translate to? Ruddy tasty pizza, that’s what.
Crazy Pedro’s NQ, Short St, Manchester, M1 1JG - Visit now
Crazy Pedro’s is renowned for its extensive collection of Tequila, and some of the best slices of pizza in town. Best options? The classic Pepperoni, and the KFC, a pizza inspired by Korean barbeque. The sriracha fried chicken and kimchi slaw were both dripping in flavour, while a mix of chillies and onions delivered a swift kick of heat. Both were a treat for the tastebuds, to say the least, leaving another ten pizzas on the menu left un-tasted – presumably all delicious.
Slice, Stevenson Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1JJ - Visit now
This tiny café, tucked into a former clothing warehouse on Stevenson Square, has the layout of a rudimentary canteen but with its hand-built pizza oven on view. And it’s this oven that makes Slice so very special. It might look unassuming from the outside, but it’s a must-try for pizza-lovers.
PLY, 26 Lever Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1DW - Visit now
Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter has plenty of dining and drinking options but as a combination pizzeria, bar, café and exhibition space, PLY is unique. The main dining room is large and open, the space hedged by distressed brickwork and huge windows which give out onto the always-fun-to-watch human traffic passing by. There are long, sociable tables meant for groups of friends and there are two-seaters for privacy. The waft of pizza and the soft music are the final pieces in an atmospheric puzzle that makes it one of the most welcoming pizzerias in Manchester.
Matt and Phred’s, 64 Tib Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LW - Visit now
Not just a haven for jive-popping polo-necked finger-snapping jazz aficionados, Matt & Phred’s also serve up a mean pizza – at a bargain price. We’re not sure what links pizza and jazz music have, but we’re not complaining.
Bakchich Manchester, 4, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5QS - Visit now
Fancy something a little different? One of the more interesting sections of Lebanese restaurant Bakchich’s menu is the ‘manakeesh’, or to dumb it down a notch, the Lebanese pizza. This is a handmade flat dough, with a liberal coating of oregano and a choice of toppings. We opt for halloumi and Armenian sausage (soujoc), to create a kind of distant, more exciting, cousin of the pepperoni pizza. This could easily satisfy two people for lunch, for little more than a fiver.