Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza is the best in town, so they say. Having been to Naples in the last year, I’m going out on a whim when I say: I have every right to judge this one.
So, after hearing the praise, my boyfriend and I went on a mission to see how Rudy’s bears up to the Neapolitan real deal.
First Impressions of Rudy’s Pizza Manchester
Tucked away on a modern quiet square, five minutes outside Manchester City Centre, Rudy’s Neapolitan pizza occupies a humble shop front on Cotton Street, Ancoats.
After arriving at 8:30pm, we were informed of a 50-minute wait by a pleasant waitress working front of house. As far as I’m concerned, a 50-minute wait can only be a good sign. So, we popped our name and number on the list before heading over to a nearby bar for a drink.
After around 40 minutes, the phone buzzed and our table was ready for the taking. So, we headed over to start the night.
What’s the Interior Décor Like?
You’re greeted with an industrial, minimal look as you step inside Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza. Exposed concrete, bench style tables and an open kitchen is all part of the no fuss, cool interior. So far Rudy’s feels like a really comfortable place to be.
A Scrutiny of the Service
Having been a waitress, I know what I’m looking for when it comes to customer service. Bright smiles, politeness and efficiency is what I want. And it’s exactly what I got.
We were escorted to our table and seated on a communal bench in full view of the kitchen. I wasn’t overly thrilled with the seat. Being anti-social of sorts, I like a quiet booth somewhere in the back of the restaurant, but with the place being so busy, I didn’t like to ask.
Turns out, to my surprise, the table was a good spot. Watching the chefs dancing around to Michael Jackson while prepping the pizzas was ace. And who said men couldn’t multitask?
What’s on the menu at Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza?
While our lovely waitress sorted the drinks, we got down to business; checking out the menu.
I opted for the Prosciutto Cotto which consists of tomato, fior di latte (mozzarella cheese), prosciutto cotto (cooked ham), basil, oregano, parmesan and olive oil. Josh, my better half, went for the Salame, which was tomato, fior di latte, strips of Naploli salami, basil and olive oil.
The prices at Rudy’s are very reasonable, ranging from £4.90 to £8.80. Our order of the Prosciutto Cotto and the Salame cost £7.90 each. For the price, you get a good-sized pizza for your money.
The pizzas arrived in 10-15 minutes, top marks for the super quick service.
The Verdict: How Good is the Pizza at Rudy’s?
If you’re unfamiliar with Neapolitan pizza, it’s very different to what you get in pizza hut. True Neapolitan pizza is cooked for 60-90 seconds in a wood burning oven at around 400F. It’s a lot lighter, with less toppings which somehow emphasises the flavour of the ingredients.
Rudy’s Neapolitan pizza is a strong contender to the pizzas served up in Naples. It’s so, so good, I couldn’t get enough. Every bite was bringing back waves of nostalgia, taking me back to the warm and sunny Naples. For the price, we’ll be heading back for sure!
What did you think of Rudy’s Neapolitan pizza? Do you know of another Manchester restaurant that bears up?
I’m always looking for new places to eat in Manchester so do me a favour and hit a girl up 🙂