• Popular Leeds gourmet pizza and cocktail bar, PizzaLuxe, to open in the Arndale

Popular Leeds gourmet pizza and cocktail bar, PizzaLuxe, to open in the Arndale

2 July 2021 by Deanna Thomas

PizzaLuxe has confirmed it will be opening its new flagship restaurant on 19th July in Manchester Arndale’s new £11m food quarter, Halle Place. After receiving a £1.5m investment, the fast-expanding pizza operator has extended its offering and will become the shopping centre’s first pizza and cocktail bar with a buzzing day-to-night dining experience.

PizzaLuxe, which has been an anchor tenant of award-winning Leeds Trinity Kitchen since it opened, plans to create a new home in the North. The new Manchester site, designed by Paul alongside Hudson Rock Design, will be a bright and airy space, featuring counter seating to provide the perfect pit stop for a quick meal on the go.

The brand was spearheaded by former Director of Food at Harrods, Paul Goodale, who identified a gap in the market for fast, fresh and super-thin pizzas.

“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.”

PizzaLuxe has gathered a reputation for its handmade thin-crust pizzas with gourmet toppings and fresh salads. These are served alongside aperitivo and a made-to-order cocktail menu. They don’t follow the rules of conventional Neopolitan pizza and instead create Roman-style recipes using a combination of carefully sourced British and European produce. 

Organic flour, milled at Shipton Mill in Hampshire, is used to make their signature 96-hour slow-proven sourdough, which is topped with the secret PizzaLuxe small-batch tomato sauce. These premium ingredients combine to create the perfect pizza, with a 10” or 13” base and thin crust.

Pizzas on the Manchester menu will include the Palermo, with mushroom, oven-baked ham hock, Parmesan and sage; the Lardo, with bacon, brie & baby spinach; Chorizo, with goats cheese, roasted grapes and honey; and the Pollo, with pesto chicken, black olives, artichoke hearts and mushroom.

Vegetarian options include the Verdura, with cherry tomato, asparagus, artichoke heart, red onion & 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 also available. 

Opening from 11am, 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. It includes baked to order breakfast rolls and signature bowls made from dough then filled with sausage, beans, cheese, a poached egg and breakfast sauce. A vegetarian option will also be available. 

PizzaLuxe Manchchester, which will be open every day 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 the wine list, Manchester’s PizzaLuxe will also offer a new cocktail menu, with drinks expertly mixed and featuring predominantly herb-based creations, such as a Lavender and Thyme Collins, or the seasonal Tommy’s Margarita, which will mirror the fresh herbs used in the 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.

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 from 8am for passers-by with a fixed price of £3 for barista coffee and home-made sweet treats. 

For more information, visit pizzaluxe.com Updates can be found on the venue’s social channels - @PizzaLuxe