Saturday, 24 March 2018

Honest Crust At The Mackie Mayor Eagle Street Manchester 23rd March 2018

I last went to Honest Crust at the Mackie Mayor in October last year, read my review here and this latest visit came whilst on a day out in Manchester, as I was longing for pizza.   I was pleased to see Honest Crust have extended their vegan offerings, which is fantastic and I could easily have eaten them all.

I wish I had a pizza oven like theirs at home, though my dough making skills would need some serious brushing up to do it justice.

Reserve Wines have also upped their game, since my last visit, with clearly labelled vegan friendly wines on the wine list (shame my photo is poor though).

I had a very nice glass or two of Monte de Fra Bardolino Chiaretto rose, a perfect accompaniment to the meal.

When I went to order I made Honest Crust aware I was vegan with allergies including dairy, so wanted to ensure no cross contamination.  I was impressed when chef came over and said he would clean everything down, prior to making my pizza, you cannot say fairer than that, it was also clearly marked on the order chit too.

I ordered antipasti to share with Steven, but a few of the ingredients had sold out, so chef added a few other items, including some huge meaty mushrooms,

I am a huge lover of Italian food, it is my favourite and this was perfection on a plate for me, simple but quality ingredients, with rosemary focaccia bread to die for, I loved it.

I had Marinara pizza last visit and was keen to try the roasted tomato and onion pizza, as it was my first taste of 'Pizza Bianca' meaning white pizza with no tomato sauce, which could have been dry, but nothing could be further from the truth.   The dough with its characteristic leopard spots was faultless, better than the bases I have eaten in Naples, the dough was stretchy and had the classic sourdough aroma.   The simple toppings were scrumptious, with the crunch of almonds, slightly charred onions, roast tomatoes and basil, it was totally lush and I devoured every morsel.

I am really pleased Honest Crust are catering for their vegan customers and I for one will be back soon, but in the meantime, you can just make me out on this photo.

On a recent visit I ordered a fantastic, scrumptious pizza with a topping of cavolo nero pesto, harissa and cashew cream.   This is probably one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten, what a fabulous unusual topping, which totally worked, I shall be stealing the cashew cream idea to replace ricotta.

Honest Crust in my opinion are the best pizza makers in Manchester and long may they continue to produce what I think is the perfect sourdough pizza.

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