Is Rudy’s worth the hype?

I know this is an incredibly controversial topic because there’s loads of people that swear by Rudy’s, but I take food, and specially pizza, very very seriously, so I’m here to share my honest thoughts on Rudy’s.

I’ve only been able to visit their newest location at Peter Street. Every time we have tried to visit their original location waiting time is at least an hour and a half and, I’m truly sorry, but I don’t usually plan that much in advance, so it’s a no from me.

Throwback Tuesday?

Rudy's pizza Peter Street

Romagnola: rocket, prosciutto crudo, parmesan shavings and extra virgin olive oil

Okay yes, it’s not Thursday but I wanted to share our first experience with you.

Gabs parents were in town last month (the food guide to Manchester that I promised back then will be here soon!) and one of the places we took them was Rudy’s. I personally thought it was a big risk because it was our first time but G insisted and we went with it.

We had some drinks, some really good pizza (Exhibit A above^) and had a good time. The service was alright, I can’t say it was good but they weren’t particularly rude or anything so I can’t complain.

Everyone enjoyed their pizza and Gabs parents left the place complementing the industrial look and feel of Manchester’s most popular restaurants. I’ll call this one a win.

Our most recent experience

Rudy's pizza Peter Street

Left: Campana sharer. Right: Portobello pizza.

However, because our experience was good during our first visit, we decided to go again last Saturday.

The place was busy, but not as busy as last time (it was raining so all the tables in the terrace area were empty, whereas last time almost every single table was occupied).

Our sharer came no too long after we ordered, which was perfect because we were starving. The mozzarella was delicious and so was the prosciutto. So far, so good.

Nonetheless, almost an hour after our server took our order, our pizzas were nowhere to be seen. We asked her nicely and she went to the counter/kitchen area, asked some questions and came back with our pizzas explaining that their waiting times are of at least half an hour (which I can completely understand, but we’re talking 55 minutes here and big tables that arrived after we did getting their pizzas before us).

The pizzas weren’t bad, but they weren’t as good as the ones we had during our first visit. I’m not sure if it was the rain, the fact that we were hangry or the long waiting time, but I’m not 100% convinced Rudy’s is the place for Neapolitan pizzas just yet.

This might be just my personal opinion, but when I go out I rank the experience as a whole, and not just based on the food. Don’t get me wrong, the food is one of the most important things on the list, of course. But if the staff is rude, food just doesn’t taste as good.

For the time being, I think I prefer Proove. It’s definitely worth that short tram ride. Besides, they do some pretty bomb Neapolitan brunch too.

I’m excited to hear your thoughts on this. Do you think Rudy’s is worth the hype? Also, completely unrelated, how are you finding my blog’s new look? I put a lot of work into it and I hope you like it!

That’s it for today. Thanks for reading me and please share with me your favourite pizza place in Manchester. I’ll be reading all and taking suggestions for our next pizza mission.

In the meanwhile, I’m preparing that 4 day food guide. Make sure to come back for it!






  1. August 5, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try this place as everyone keeps talking about it. I second PLY and there’s a nice place in Wilmslow called 900 degrees which is worth a try if you’re in the area.

    • Michelle
      August 11, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      I’ve never been to 900 degrees, I’ll put it on my list 🙂 thanks for the recommendation!

  2. August 5, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Although the food looks great I would not have liked waiting for almost 55 minutes for our food especially since we have young kids with us. I’ve have not been to Rudy’s before, so would need to head there to let you know if its worth heading there.

    • Michelle
      August 5, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Oh my, I can’t imagine waiting that long with kids! I’m not sure if it’s worth that long wait but if you do give it a go please let me know how you find it 🙂

  3. August 4, 2018 / 10:50 am

    I must admit I much prefer Ply for pizzas! If you’ve not been you should 🙂

    • Michelle
      August 5, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Oh yes, we live really close to Ply (although we haven’t been in a while, lately). Great excuse to pay them another visit soon!

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