There is certainly no shortage of good pizza places in Manchester, but the most common offering usually has the Neapolitan style.
One pizza restaurant that wants to do things a little differently is Nell’s, which fights for the thinner, crispier counterpart, New York Style pizza.
Originally operating from their existing kitchen at Common during lockdown, before expanding into a partnership The Beagle in Chorlton, on Barlow Moor Road, the bar opened an additional venue this year; one in the ‘Manchester Gardens’ Campus, on Minshull Street.
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In a speech to the Manchester Evening News, Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “Campus is about the lush green garden and having the best independent food and beverage operators in it.
“Common was one of the first bars in the Northern Quarter and has become a Manchester institution.
“They’re going to set the tone for what we’re creating on campus: independent, laid-back, and for everyone. And the timing couldn’t be better when people start coming back to town and life is back to normal.”
The pizzeria serves ‘New York City inspired, Manchester made pizza’ and prides itself on using local produce where possible and supporting other independent businesses.
In a statement to their website, the bar said: “Characterized by a thin, crisp base and using only the best in UK-led ingredients since it came to us in early 2020, it has become a staple of the city center.
“The best dough, the best ingredients, simply treated with care and attention. Nell’s Pizza dough is slowly fermented over 36 hours to provide a perfect combination of strength for folding and ease of enjoyment and uses 100 percent British organic flour.
“This creates a thin, crispy bottom – topped with the best sustainable ingredients available, for the best New York-style pizza outside of the big apple itself.”
Pizzas are either 14 or 22 inches, with selected varieties by slice, and the options include northern twists on classic offerings such as Do You ‘Roni Honey? with Nduja and pepperoni from Cobble Lane and finished with chili honey, or Cheese and Onion Pie, charred onions, mozzarella, Lancashire cheese, chives and parmesan.
Vegans and vegetarians are also catered for with a mushroom pizza topped with fried garlic cashew cream, chili, mushrooms, marinara sauce and thyme, or ‘Greens’ with seasonal greens, fried garlic cream base, Lancashire cheese and chili.
These can be paired with a variety of dips, including jalapeno and lime, truffle mayo and garlic and herb ranch dressing.
If you still have room for more, their dessert menu offers ice cream sandwiches, ice cream with soft cookies.
Using Cheshire Farm Ice Cream includes flavors Salted Caramel, Red Velvet and Cookies and Cream.
Since the launch of the venture, the pizzas have won praise for paying tribute to the authentic New York-style base.
One reviewer said: “If you’re looking for a slightly different pizza than the wonderful Neapolitan-style pizzas found, this is not the area, look no further.
“We enjoyed some authentic NY-style pizzas that came for free with a garlic bread. Fantastic pizzas. Would recommend it. “
Another said: “The absolute best pizza you can get in Manchester (or maybe anywhere). The cheese and onion pie is as good as it can get.”
A third added: “Hands down the best pizza I’ve had! The base was so authentic. Just what I was looking for!”
At their weekly ‘Sunday Pizza Social’ event, guests can enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless drinks and endless slices by choosing from a comprehensive range of flavors, with drink options ranging from prosecco, mimosa and Schofferhofer grapefruit lagers.
Jonny Heyes, Common & Co-co-founder, said: “Campus represents to me a development with a sense of purpose, it knows in a way what it is about, what it is for.
“We got the impression that the vision for Kampus would be something we as an independent operator could agree on.
“It’s going to be a well-considered selection of independent businesses as part of a neighborhood ecosystem, which is nice.
“All it was missing was a pub (and a pizza shop).”
Nell’s Pizza is located at Common on 39 Edge Street, M4 1HW, on Campus on Aytoun Street, M1 3GL, or atThe Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, M21 0BQ.
For more information visit their website here , or follow them on Instagram here and Facebook here.
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