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Beloved Northern Quarter stalwart Common have carved out their own slice of the Big Apple, with NYC inspired pizza shop Nell’s sequestering themselves in the NQ bar’s kitchen since mid-February. Nell’s is the brainchild of Common owner Jonny Heyes, who explained to us how he was always confident of his slice shop’s success.

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You can find Common on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter, where between 4pm and 7pm
their happy hour includes pints for £3.50, £5 cocktails and a host of other affordable drinks.

The pizza is proper New York-style, the slices are bigger than your head, and the flavours are unbelievable.

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The New York Slice, my personal favourite, gets an unfair side seat. I can count on 3/5ths of a hand the number of credible versions of my ‘holy grail’ of pizza styles there are here, and Nell’s sits comfortably in 1st place.
Jonny, the unassuming mastermind behind Nell’s Pizza, certainly has the savoir faire to deliver. The owner of the fresh faced and lively bar, Common (the base of Nell’s Pizza operations), has more than a few strings to his bow it seems. We sat down to trace the thread he is sewing into the infinitely magnificent world pizza tapestry.

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Part of the drive behind Nell’s was to create a food business which was more gentle on the environment, using less power, creating less waste, using less meat, buying locally grown responsibly sourced meat and vegetables from small local suppliers.

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Serving whopping 22″ pizzas at Common every week, the NYC-inspired pizzeria also serves their ever-changing pizza menu by the slice – which is perfect for a cheeky little lunch

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Their giant 22-inch pizzas are mammoth, bin-lid style dishes and a must for Manchester foodies looking for a new meal to conquer. Served by the slice, 14-inch, 22-inch and 22-inch half-and-half – Nell’s pizzas are baked New York style with a crunchy base and a variety of toppings like pepperoni and chilli honey, roast garlic cream and black garlic ketchup and a vegan deluxe featuring . Our mouth’s watering just thinking about them.

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If you remember slicegate, you weren’t there maaaaaaan. In various stages of Lockdown, we were told that our huge slices of Nell’s Pizza weren’t substantial enough to be considered a meal: tell that to our meal deal, pals. Anyway, we got a lot of coverage, including Have I Got News For You, BBC News, and these lads too.

Bar told its ‘f****** massive’ pizza slices don’t count as substantial meal in Tier 3 – Daily Mirror

Massive slices of pizza back on the menu at Northern Quarter bar after being ‘officially deemed substantial’… police originally ‘said they didn’t count’ under Tier 3 rules – Manchester Evening News

Bar Now Told ‘F***ing Massive’ Pizza Slices Do Constitute ‘Substantial Meal’ – Lad Bible

Giant pizza slices added to list of ‘substantial’ meals after restaurant appeal – Metro

“Rich meal”: Restaurant is allowed to sell giant pizza again – RTL (German)

Cops tell Manchester bar to stop selling 22 inch slice of pizza because it doesn’t count as “substantial meal” – News-24 (French)


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