Ancoats has changed a lot since I moved to the neighbourhood almost three years ago, but there has been one constant amongst the ever-changing bars, restaurants and new flats – Rudy’s Pizza. I don’t throw out accolades like The Best Pizza in Manchester lightly, so you know you’re in for something special. Don’t just take my word for it though; Rudy’s was also named as one of the best pizza restaurants in the world in the Where to Eat Pizza guidebook.
Cutting Room Square is a fitting setting for Ancoats’ flagship pizzeria. The area was known as Little Italy until the late 19th century and still has strong ties to the country. Rudy’s follows the traditions and artistry of pizza from Naples and many of its ingredients are imported from the region too.
The menu is selective as you’d expect from any reputable pizzeria, and from my experience the best way to eat pizza is to keep it simple. My pick is always the Marinara – no cheese, a sprinkle of garlic and basil and lashings of olive oil. At Rudy’s it’s the dough that steals the show anyway!
I will always recommend the original Ancoats restaurant, but Rudy’s has also recently opened a new restaurant on Peter Street if you find yourself down that end of town. Expect to queue during peak hours, but trust me when I say it’s food that’s well worth waiting for.