Manchester Evening News - - CITYLIFE -

red chilli to give a sweet bite with plenty of kick and it is out­stand­ing. For me, the best on their menu.

An­coz­ese (£8.90) is a close sec­ond - wild broc­coli and Tus­can sausage make per­fect bed­fel­lows and prove that any more than a mean­ing­ful two­some is just for show.

The salame pizza (£7.90) comes laden with strips of smoked meat that melt into the pizza, glee­fully folded up and rammed in to our gobs like sloppy news­pa­pers be­ing im­pa­tiently shoved through a let­ter­box. Un­gainly, but so sat­is­fy­ing. Craft beer - Shindig­ger IPL (£4.50) - and a gin fizz (£5.90) are first class pizza eat­ing li­ba­tions.

On the sweet side, cho­co­late torte is de­cent, and it may be the Yorkshire in me, but £4 for two scoops of ice cream - how­ever good it is - lets the pre­vi­ously price savvy menu down. The afo­gatto is bet­ter value at the same price and gives you the caf­feine kick you might need to lift you from a dough-based haze.

That said, five peo­ple fed and wa­tered for £72 is ex­cel­lent value and the orig­i­nal stan­dards are be­ing up­held.

Ser­vice can oc­ca­sion­ally be a bit ab­sent and mid­dle dis­tance. It starts as charm­ing and ends up be­ing slightly an­noy­ing. It will get slicker, you hope.

Rudy’s is an em­i­nently ex­pand­able brand - and only a fool would think MM have picked it up to lov­ingly repli­cate it just the once, as some sort of trib­ute act on the other side of town.

No, Rudy’s is un­doubt­edly set for big­ger things - and as long as they keep the place true to Jim and Kate’s orig­i­nal vi­sion, they should be con­fi­dent about the brand mak­ing that of­ten trou­bled leap from fa­natic-laden in­die to (whis­per it) suc­cess­ful mini chain.

Rudy’s on Peter Street, also be­low left, and be­low, its pizza’s

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