PizzaLuxe has confirmed it will be opening its brand new flagship restaurant in Manchester Arndale’s Halle Place, the new £11m food quarter.
After receiving a £1.5m investment, the fast expanding pizza operator, spearheaded by former Director of Food at Harrods, Paul Goodale, has extended its offering and is launching its new flagship branch, and the shopping centre’s first pizza and cocktail bar, as part of its plan to create a new home in the North.
PizzaLuxe will serve up handmade thin-crust pizza with a 10” or 13” base, aperitivo and fresh salads all alongside its made-to-order cocktail menu, and plans to create a buzzing day-to-night dining experience in the newly redeveloped Halle Place.
What’s on the PizzaLuxe menu?
The brand doesn’t stick to the rules of conventional Neopolitan pizza and instead creates unique Roman-style recipes using a combination of both British and European produce, carefully sourcing each ingredient to create its home-made luxury pizzas.
Core ingredients include organic flour milled at Shipton Mill in Hampshire which is then used to make the signature 96-hour slow-proven sourdough, and the small-batch tomato sauce which is prepared to the secret PizzaLuxe recipe.
Pizzas on the menu in Manchester will include the Palermo, with mushroom, oven-baked ham hock, parmesan and sage; the Lardo, with bacon, brie and baby spinach; Chorizo, with goats cheese, roasted grapes and honey; and the the Pollo, with pesto chicken, black olives, artichoke heart and mushroom.
Vegetarian options include the Verdura, with cherry tomato, asparagus, artichoke heart, red onion and black olive; and the Quattro Formaggi with mozzarella, gorgonzola, feta, halloumi and thyme.
Prices for pizza start at £5.50, with vegan and gluten free options available.
Manchester’s first breakfast pizza
The pizza and cocktail bar will also be serving Manchester’s first breakfast pizza, which includes toppings of sausage, bacon, egg, and PizzaLuxe’s own breakfast sauce.
The breakfast menu, which was originally created for PizzaLuxe’s Manchester Airport branch in 2018, will be available every weekend, also includes baked to order breakfast rolls and bowls.
The signature bowls begin with a dough ball shaped into a bowl shape, then filled with sausage, beans, cheese, a poached egg and breakfast sauce, with a vegetarian option also available.
A full-service bar
PizzaLuxe Manchester, which will be open daily until late, will be the first venue in the UK to combine a quick service restaurant element with a full-service bar serving beer, wine and spirits, as well as freshly made cocktails.
Beers available on draught will include Beavertown Neck Oil, Birra Moretti, Amstel and Old Mout cider, along with premium packaged products such as Camden Helles & Pale, and the new Rude Mechanicals Featherweight Pilsner.
Alongside a wine list, Manchester’s PizzaLuxe will also offer a new cocktail menu, each expertly mixed by the in-house team and featuring predominantly herb-based creations, such as a Lavender and Thyme Collins, or the seasonal Tommy’s Margarita, which will reflect the fresh herbs used in the PizzaLuxe kitchen.
An innovative new ordering procedure will enable the customer to order by scanning a QR code at their table, before then being automatically notified via SMS once their pizza is ready to collect from the counter.
Drinks can be ordered via the QR codes, or directly with the restaurant’s bar team, with drinks orders being delivered to the customer via the PizzaLuxe bar team.
When does PizzaLuxe open?
PizzaLuxe opens in Manchester Arndale’s Halle Centre on Monday 19th July.
As well as the pizza and bar offering, the new restaurant will also launch its coffee kiosk called Coffee & Cake later this month, which will be open daily for passers by with a fixed price of £3 for barista coffee and home-made sweet treats.
It will be open from 11am until 8pm Sunday – Wednesday, and from 11am until 10pm Thursday – Saturday. Coffee & Cake will also open from 8am daily.
“Our aim has always been simple and still remains at the heart of what we do; affordable luxury, exclusively for all,” says Paul.
“We offer a contemporary, creative execution of simple, classic pizzas and cocktails in a stylish environment, served with a warmth and generosity of spirit.”