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The Manchester food guide: Rudy's Pizza

Bringing traditional Neapolitan pizza to Ancoats

There are lots of places that do pizza here in Manchester but none like Rudy's Pizza in the heart of Ancoats, the inner city suburb of Manchester.

Light delicate dough, mozzarella that melts in your mouth, and a tomato sauce doing all that it should, exploding with hints of garlic and basil. I've been looking for traditional Italian pizza ever since my honeymoon to Sardinia five years ago. I think I've found it.

Ruddy's Pizza

I ordered Rudy's margarita pizza

With a simple menu - done really well - the rustic, open plan space has bags of character and warmth. And to top it off, Enzo and I were greeted with a huge smile. A baby chair was brought over swiftly, as were the menus. I ordered the classic margarita.

As we waited for our food, the afternoon buzz kept Enzo entertained; the lively open kitchen, the stone oven on the go, the chitter-chatter from the friendly staff.

Light delicate dough, mozzarella that melts in your mouth, and a tomato sauce doing all that it should, exploding with hints of garlic and basil.

- Leah

Gazing out of the full length windows which give you a wave of daylight, even on a grey day I dreamed a little about my previous life. Coming here on a Friday night, sipping wine before a warm inviting pizza would be delivered. Then Enzo dropped his toy tiger on the floor putting me firmly back into parent-zone. And then we tucked in, a perfect afternoon, with the perfect pizza.


You don't have to book a table at Rudy's, just turn up from midday and the friendly staff will grab you a table. If it's busy you may have to hang around a little but it's worth it. I'd recommend this place at lunchtime, after work, dinner before drinks, if they did breakfast I'd be there too. Don't believe me. Give their instagram a follow - but be warned - it will make you very hungry.

Written by Leah

Hi, I’m Leah. Right now I’m about to head back to work after 15 months on maternity leave. For over a decade I've worked as a TV and radio at the BBC. I love travel, self-help, cooking and poetry. You can find me on Twitter or Instagram.


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