5 Best places for pizza in Manchester

According to Manchester based foodie, Sam Hsieh @foodjunkie_uk the pizza in Manchester is sure to put a smile on your face – from traditional Neapolitan to downright niche here’s the hotlist.

1. Double Zero Neapolitan Pizza

 

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If you’re looking for something to try outside of the city centre, Chorlton is a foodie hot spot for your list and Double Zero should be first on that list. Super close to Chorlton tram station it’s easy to reach.

There are two dining sections in the restaurant, an outside covered terrace and some indoor seating as well. The vibe is laidback and it’s always buzzing with pizza adoring customers.

All pizzas are customisable – start by choosing your: meat, veggies, cheeses – YEP, there’s multiple cheeses to choose from – from Brie and punchy Gorgonzola to creamy Scarmozza.  And the sky is the limit, you can layer your pizza with as many toppings as you can muster. Although I usually stick to a manageable 3 – because sometimes less is more. Winning combo:  Parma ham, mushroom and Buffalo cheese.

If you want Double Zero to do the choosing for you, try their exquisite Bianca Neve, £12.5 or the Vulcano, £13 which is by far my favourite pizzas on the menu. They also have gluten free options and a huge highlight is their BYOB-offering, which costs just £1.50 per person. A delicious and purse friendly night out on all accounts.

Price: ££
Order the: Create your own pizza
Address: 368 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8AZ
Opening times: Mon.-Thur. 6-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 5-11pm; Sun. 4-10pm

2. Noi Quattro

 

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Noi Quattro is a rising star in the land of damn-good-pizza. Bang in the city centre, Noi Quattro translates to ‘4 people’ which cutely refers to the 4 Italian owners – and also its location – Northern Quarter (NQ).

Don’t miss their special appetiser: Cuppo. This Italian street food dish is a delicious mix of fried potatoes and vegetables, or a good helping of perfectly fried seafood, which come served in a paper cone.

This modern restaurant serves an absolutely delightful mushroom (fungi) and truffle pizza, with its satisfyingly chewy base which quite honestly, I haven’t stopped thinking about since I ate it. All of the pizzas are made in view, so you can peruse the whole pizza making process and if you fancy having a go yourself, the restaurant hosts pizza making master classes. For £50 per person you get to learn the secrets to making knock-out pizza, accompanied with a glass of prosecco, plus a ‘Noi Quattro’ apron and a fan-girl/boy bag AND a pizza to take home. It’s a fun activity with friends or an inspired date-night idea. Follow Noi Quattro in insta for the latest event details that can be booked through Eventbrite.

Price: ££
Order the: Tris Di Funghi
Address: 120 High St, Manchester M4 1HQ
Opening times: Tue – Thurs, 12-3pm/5-9:30pm; Fri, 12-3pm/5-10pm; Sat, 12-10pm; Sun, 12-9pm

3. Rudy’s

 

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Rudy’s is the ‘locals’ favourite pizza pitstop and there’s 2 branches in the city centre to help keep up with the demand: Deansgate and Ancoats. Rudy’s, no less, was listed as the 10th best pizza in the world back in 2019 by Big 7, a global travel and food website – and when you try their expert 24-hour double fermented dough creations, you’ll understand why.

The Deansgate branch looks a bit disappointing from the outside – but don’t be fooled, it’s deceptively spacious and they also have some outdoor seating. There are 14 pizzas on the menu, ranging from £7-10 which is a bargain by any pizza aficionados standards. My favourites include the Portobello and the Calabrese.

Rudy’s also sell their very own ‘bake at home kit’ that you can order from  their website – a premade pizza to re-heat at home starts at just £6.50.

Price: £
Order the: Portobello and Romagnola
Address: Petersfield House, Manchester, M2 5QJ
Opening times: Mon.-Sun. 12-10pm (Fri.-Sat. is to 10:30pm and Sun. is to 9pm)

4. Voodoo Ray’s

 

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Voodoo Ray’s is located on Escape to Freight Island, the latest hot spot for foodies in Manchester. Their showpiece: a gigantic 22’’ New York style pizza with a thick crispy crust. For the faint hearted, they also serve a regular 12’’ pizza.  There are a few very good options to choose from like the Ray’s Margherita or the punchy Hot Mix 5, but in my opinion the Pepperoni is unbeatable. If you’re indecisive you can also order Voodoo Rays by the slice which allows you taste test a tastebud-pleasing array of different pizzas in one go. The restaurants daily live DJ sets are a real crowd pleaser and makes this the perfect starting point for a fun and lively evening.

Price: ££
Order the: 22’’ pizza
Address: 11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PZ
Opening times: Wed – Fri, 4pm – 12am; Sat – Sun, 10am-12am

5. Crazy Pedro’s

 

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Are you up for something a little bit different? Then head Crazy Pedro’s for some of the most outrageous pizzas on the market. They offer up toppings like fried chicken + waffle or why not give The Chippy Tea pizza a go? Topped with sausage, chips, mushy peas, and curry sauce. Yup, really. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

In addition, Crazy Pedro’s has an impressive range of Margaritas to accompany, check out the watermelon, lychee and pink guava – all at £8.50 but if you eat here from 5pm to 9pm Sunday to Friday they run a HAPPY HOUR (wooop!) and cocktails are 2-for-£10. There are 2 branches in Manchester; one in Northern Quarter and one a stone’s throw from Spinningfields, with an Al Fresco dining area. Both restaurants attract a young, lively crowd up for a big night out.

Price: £
Order the: Pedro’s World Famous Hot Dog Pizza
Address: 55-57 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BQ
Opening times: Sun – Thurs, 12pm-12am; Fri – Sat, 12pm-2am

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About Sam

Sam is a food blogger from Taiwan who lives in the UK, reviewing restaurants which are mostly based in Manchester and the places she’s traveled. Sam says: “I just want to let people know interesting places to eat and explore. Since taste is such a subjective feeling, why don’t we let people decide themselves? Life is too short to not enjoy it. Just try everything once while you can!”