Rudy’s Pizza, Manchester
It’s taken some effort to be able to write this blog post. The first time I tried to visit Ancoats’ favourite pizzeria, Rudy’s, I thought it would be simple. No bookings, but if I headed there straight after work, it would be fine, right? Nope.
Everyone else was clearly as keen as me, because there was a huge waiting time. I was way too hungry to wait, so we headed to Evelyn’s instead, which I blogged about here.
First tip for Rudy’s: be prepared to wait or go at a random ‘off-peak’ time. But don’t worry, there’s a reason the place is filled to the brim and why people are prepared to wait up to an hour for a table.
I went along with my lunch date partner-in-crime, Ros, and her achingly cute baby gal, Cora. This time we popped along on a Friday lunchtime, unfortunately timed during half-term, and patiently waited our 40 minutes for a table. We were pretty determined this time around.
First thing we noticed was that the service is much better than PLY. Honestly, there’s nothing worse than ignorant staff in a restaurant that’s not even busy, so I was really pleased that our servers were attentive and friendly, despite the busyness.
Anyway, after a cheeky Aperol spritz (£5.50), we got down to THE PIZZA. Rudy’s serve traditional Neapolitan pizza, stonebaked with fresh dough that’s made on-site twice a day. It’s as fresh as you can get.
I had the Prosciutto Cotto (£7.90), which consists of a tomato base, mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, basil, oregano, olive oil & parmesan. At £7.90, it’s an absolute bargain for what you get. 100% worth leaving the city centre bubble and waiting 40 mins.
Ros went for one of the veggie options, the Portobello (£7.20), which was very similar to mine minus the meat and with a generous helping of Portobello mushrooms. I did have to cut it up for her (#MumLife), but she really enjoyed it. Clean plates all around.
Coffee & Cake
We’re not the kind of gals to skip dessert. No matter how full we are. There’s a small but authentically Italian dessert menu at Rudy’s, featuring polenta cakes and multiple ice cream flavours.
We both had the lemon polenta cake, which was deliciously crumbly with just a hint of zingy lemon. Along with a double espresso each, it was the perfect end to a casual Friday lunch at Rudy’s.
Overall, I was really impressed. There’s nothing flashy or pretentious about Rudy’s, it feels like a home from home and you’ll always leave with a full tum and a decent bill. It’s my new favourite pizza place in Manchester now, for sure.
Check out their full menu and location on the Rudy’s Pizza website here.
Have you visited Rudy’s Pizza in Ancoats yet? What’s your verdict?