Dough Pizza Kitchen is back after having to close in October due to flood damage and it’s looking better than ever following its refurb. We arrived at the quirky upscale pad tucked away on the corner of Thomas Street just before noon on a Friday.

Dough continues to push the boundaries of Italian eats and treats with its creative interpretations.

As well as serving up firm meaty favourites like the Chicken Balti Pizza (£9.75) and the English Breakfast Pizza (£10), Dough also offers a wide selection of vegan alternatives if you want to steer-clear of animal products. The dough of any pizza can be made plant-based and the cheese can be replaced with a Violife vegan alternative to help Manchester’s dairy-free city dwellers from caving into their Cheddar cravings.

I decided to try out the Surf and Turf pizza (£11.50) that I’d heard so much about. Featuring an intense topping of Cajun spiced prawns, chicken pieces, juicy steak strips, chillies, chorizo and a tangy lime dressing, it certainly doesn’t slack on flavour, let me tell you. The dough is clearly homemade and the taste combination was top notch.

As I was checking out the clean cut décor, I found myself craving a little something to wash down the carbs. Thankfully, Dough offers an array of classically crafted cocktails as well as some more unusual libations.

I tried the Bubbly Jubbly (£8), which is Stolichnaya vodka, peach schnapps, tangerine, bubble gum syrup and a splash of prosecco. I can see why it’s a big hit in sister bar Apotheca. If you’re a feeling a little more adventurous, ask for a Cherry Bomb (£7.50). It won’t disappoint.

Dough Pizza Kitchen has a spruce up and reopens with new creative pizzas including Surf & Turf I Love ManchesterI also tried the vegan Wild Mushroom Pizza (£8.30) which came with a side of home-made truffle oil and fresh parsley. It was drool-inducing. The base was crisp and full of flavour, topped with Dough’s signature tomato sauce and stacked with fresh wild mushrooms. It was simple, yet so effective,  flavourful and fresh. So if you’re trying to stick to your ethical/healthful diet or you’re just in the mood to try something veggie and vegan friendly, this definitely hits the spot.

While it’s very easy to turn dessert into a 100% indulgent affair – let’s face it, it’s usually just a plate stacked with carbs – Dough has managed to pack the menu with a wealth of gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives.

The triple cookie ice cream sandwich (£4.75) is one of my absolute favourites and it tastes as good as it sounds. The chocolate and oat cookies, stacked with dairy free vanilla ice-cream and served with sweet mixed berries, will satisfy even the most stubborn sweet tooth. If you’re in the mood for something a little less indulgent, try the homemade orange and almond cake (£5) or the peanut butter krispie bites (£4.80) which are set in vegan chocolate and come with a smooth peanut butter dip.

Whether you’re vegan or not, there is a wealth of options to choose from at this clean cut artisan eatery. The more creative pizza flavours may not be to everyone’s tastes but the classics are done to perfection and the masterfully crafted cocktails are sure to go down a treat.

If you’ve finished eating but aren’t ready to call it a night, why not head to sister joint Apotheca, for the perfect place to party post-pizza with some equally creative cocktails.

Dough has some of the best Italian eats and treats that our city has to offer. With a menu offering everything from classic Florentina to English Breakfast Pizza, you’re sure to get your fill of inventive and flavourful food.

Buy one pizza get another for just £2!

By the way, for the whole of January, pizzas are on a buy one get one for £2 offer, so you can dine here, vegan or otherwise, without breaking the piggy bank.

www.doughpizzakitchen.co.uk

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