Rudy’s Pizza is Leeds’ latest Neapolitan pizza restaurant to join the pizza crew in the city. With a fair few of nice pizza places in the city centre already (e.g. Livin’ Italy and Franco Manca) there’s a lot of competition. Rudy’s Pizza stand up to the test. It’s one of the best pizzas I’ve had. I’ll definitely go back and hopefully soon (fingers crossed). I appreciate that dining out isn’t priority right now but if you can support locals in anyway, please do. You can buy gifts cards for Rudy’s and save for a later date.
Leading up to their Leeds launch, I signed up to their newsletter to be in the winnings of getting free pizza. I love pizza and when it’s free, even better. Managing to bag a table for four during their first weekend of opening I was thrilled to see what the Rudy’s Pizza hype is all about.
Taking over the big Evan’s cycle shop, opposite Friends of Ham near the train station they’ve done a great job transforming this space to a welcoming and charming restaurant. During opening weekend, the place was packed so booking a table was essential. We got a table near the entrance, overlooking the rest of the restaurant, with lots of people coming and going for a spot of lunch. A great place for catching up with friends and date nights. If you enjoy dining on your own, they’ve got seats next to the pizza making station so you can see your pizza order develop step by step. I’ll definitely do this next!
Rudy’s Pizza Menu
As well as a choice of twelve pizzas, the menu also include classic starters and sharers like Burrata and Campana. Something I only drooled over when reading but decided against to make sure I’d fit the full pizza. I was hoping there might be room for a cheeky dessert (second stomach for that) but even though the Tartufo intrigued me, I couldn’t possible fit more. The pizzas are huge, so big that they hang over the plate!
I had the Capricciosa (tomato, fior di latte, parmesan, prosciutto cotto, kalamata olives, portobello mushroom, artichoke hearts, basil and e.v olive oil) and it was so tasty. What I love about the pizza here is that you can taste all the ingredients. Two of my friends had the Margherita (tomato, fior di latte (mozzarella), basil, parmesan and e.v olive oil) but with extra toppings to make it their own. Worth noting that most pizzas can be made into white pizzas. However, there isn’t really many vegetarian/vegan options. I’m sure the meaty options can be customised though, just like my friends added to their Margheritas.
Another tip! Don’t forget to check the board for pizza specials. They has a couple of options during our visit which one of us decided on. The one which has pumpkin cream as a base instead of tomato. It looked amazing and I was kindly offered to taste a little slither and honestly, pumpkin is delicious on pizza. Just the right amount of sweetness which you’d get from tomato.
The pizzas range from £5-9 which is a bargain. Not only for how big the pizzas are but most importantly how delicious and fresh they taste. There wasn’t a crumble left to be seen on my plate.
The drinks menu covers everyone’s palette from prosecco to soft drinks and cocktails to beer and red or white wine. There’s also plenty of coffee options to go with desserts.
Rudy’s Pizza truly is a great place all around from food and drinks to atmosphere and friendly staff. I can nothing but recommend a visit if you haven’t already set foot here. Have you been yet?