After my Napoli holiday I felt as though I’d eaten enough pizza to last me a lifetime. Then I saw @SolitaNQ tweeting praise for the newly opened Rudy’s and the hankering for fluffy crusts, rich tomato sauce and melted cheese returned!
Knowing that Franco Sotgiu, the owner of Solita, knows his pizza from his pene, was enough for me to head into town to check them out.
Fittingly located in the Ancoats area of Manchester, formerly known as “Little Italy”, unlike their Neapolitan cousins, Rudy’s do not have a ‘proper’ wood fired oven but a gas fired version. This gave me doubts at first, but despite the lack of that feint smoky flavour to the char, to me the pizzas were just as good, if not better than many I’d had in Italy. Great dough with top quality ingredients used throughout.
We ordered a classic Marinara (tomato, garlic, oregano, basil and extra virgin olive oil) and a Portobello (tomato, mozzarella, Portobello mushroom, oregano, parmesan and garlic oil). Both were great.
For me, the pick of the bunch was one of the tomato free "white pizzas", the Lardo (chilli flakes, spinach, mozzarella, parmesan, free range egg yolk, lardo and extra virgin olive oil). The chilli judged just right so as to give a gentle warming sensation that worked so well alongside the rich egg yolk and luscious lardo.
The Campana Salad (buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, wild rocket, radicchio & warm flatbread) and Nocellara Olives (dressed with lemon and extra virgin olive oil) were pretty special too
Everything was very reasonably priced, I liked the vibe and service was friendly and speedy… Rudy’s could be seeing a lot of us in the future!