9 Cotton Street | Manchester M4 5BF
A regular haunt of post-deadline Skinny staff hankering after a life-reaffirming cold beer and some dough, Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza is in many ways the beating heart of Ancoats’ much celebrated rejuvenation, aptly stationed in the so-called Little Italy area of the neighbourhood.
Owned by Jim Morgan (formerly of Honest Crust turf) and Kate Wilson – and named after their friendly, free-roaming dog – here the pizza is of the Neapolitan sourdough variety, unashamedly floppy and, crucially, absolutely giant, meaning that the £5-£8.50 you spend will prove more than ample sustenance.
What to order? Well, first, go kitsch and order a refreshing Campari soda to go alongside a bowl of Nocellara olives. Then you can’t go far wrong with the succinct pizza menu, though standout favourites are the Tarantina with white anchovies, olives, capers and oregano, Salame with thick strips of
They don’t take reservations, so once the restaurant has been filled – often by around 6pm – they’ll take your name and give you a call once a table becomes available. Sneaky tip: on busy days if you arrive at around 4.30pm before the kitchen has re-opened, sit down with a drink, you’ll be well poised at your table, ready to order, as the tables up around you.
Read our Pioneer Profile on Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza here.