FOR NQ punters PLY means pizza, but a new menu launching this week broadens the span to include small plates designed to complement the Lever Street bar’s cocktail and craft beer roster.
The new dishes include a charcuterie plate made up of coppa ham, salami, smoked mutton, air-cured duck, pickles and bread (£9); beetroot carpaccio, accompanied by goats' cheese, maple and walnuts (£4); fennel and orange salad with watercress, honey and thyme (£4.50); and lamb Chops (£7) marinated in anchovy, rosemary and garlic (£7).
Not that the wood-fired disco oven is being neglected. New toppings for the sourdough bases include Rustica (£11), a bianca with buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, rocket and sun dried tomato; Pear & Blue Cheese (£9.50) with fior di latte, gorgonzola, pear, maple walnuts (£11); chorizo and squash (£11) with tomato, fior di latte, chorizo, roasted squash and smoked scamorza.
Summery new cocktails include First Day of Summer (£7), a seasonal blend of gin, raspberry, basil and soda and the,Vitamin Bee (£7), made up of gin, bergamot, honey and lemon or, if you fancy something fruity, Grapefruit Delight (£7.5) gin, orange, bitters and grapefruit beer.
PLY, 26 Lever St, Manchester M1 1DW. 0161 711 0401.