Ancoats pizza pioneers Rudy’s to open second pizzeria in city centre mid-March


Rudy’s Neopolitan Pizza, named one of the top pizzerias in the world and a key player in the transformation of Ancoats into one of the trendiest districts in the country, is to open a second site in the city centre.

The hugely popular, award-winning operation, launched in 2015 by Jim Morgan and Kate Wilson in modest premises on Cotton Street, will open a 100-cover restaurant on Peter Street at the end of March.

It will be based in Petersfield House next door to highly regarded Albert’s Schloss, the “Bohemian Bier Palace” housed in the historic Albert Hall. Albert’s Schloss owners, Mission Mars Ltd, bought a significant slice of Rudy’s in April last year.

The opening in Peter Street could signal plans to roll out the concept in further locations. The phenomenal success of Rudy’s began more in hope than expectation when Kate and Jim launched the business – their first.

Kate said at the time: “We’ll hopefully be part of a new wave of businesses and activity in Ancoats and hope to create a relaxed community based space for the local residents as well as Manchester’s pizza lovers.  Our neighbours in the Fairbairn building will be another independent and there should be more info to follow in the coming weeks.

“We are hoping to help transform the area in to something really great and bring amazing pizza back to Little Italy. It’s a really exciting time for us, especially with it being our first business, but I think it’s a particularly exciting time for Ancoats too.”

How true it all became in the following two years.

The second site will include a dough room and a facility for training pizzaiolos in the skills of producing the authentic street food of Naples that has captured the appetite of the world.

It’s understood that Rudy’s winning formula will be replicated on Peter Street with a similar menu and the emphasis on simplicity, authenticity and value. Even the industrial “decor” of the original will be reflected in the premises that used to be the Army Careers Advice Centre.


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