Manchester’s food scene has massively evolved over the past year, but one thing we were missing? The Chicago-style deep dish. Gracing the thriving city centre just this year, American Pies has truly blessed us Mancs – not only with their gooey, cheesy, iconic take on pizza, but with a number of other naughty Chicago-style dishes, too.
Not ones to disguise their love for comfort food, the team – who are also behind Manchester’s Brewski – has successfully curated an American menu like no other, one that also separates them from the saturated market of pizzerias here in the city already. In fact, the classic leopard-spotted Neapolitan crust that dominates this town is nowhere to be seen in American Pies kitchen, already creating a stark contrast in comparison to hotspots such as Rudy’s, Proove and Ciaooo.
Specialising in proper Chicago deep-dish pizzas – a first of its kind in Manchester – the menu centres around the all-American creation, boasting classic toppings such as pepperoni, spicy fennel sausage, lamb meatballs, bacon and jalapeno and melty Nduja sausage. Pimped up with a lashing of garlic butter parmesan across the crust, the result is a mouthwatering pie, topped with ‘unthinkable’ amounts of stretchy mozzarella cheese, chunky marinara sauce to finish and toppings aplenty.
The team has also got pretty creative with the starters and sides, too, creating deep-fried calzone, garlic knots (oh my god, the garlic knots), deep-fried lasagne, tater tots and goats cheese bonbons. We told ya they loved comfort food, didn’t we?
For the sweet tooths among us, the pie trend continues – with previous baked-to-perfection desserts including their many variations of the classic cookie pie, as well as other ever-changing creations such as the cheesecake pie, brownie pie and even a peanut butter jelly pie. They kind of resemble those hearty dessert pies from the sitcoms that are usually dished out during a Thanksgiving episode, giving us a nice and fuzzing, warming feeling inside whenever we see them. Naturally, here, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, so we lucky Brits can gorge on the homely puds whenever we please.
Keeping somewhat in sync with sister-site Brewski, the restaurant is also serving their well-loved ‘Mate Date’ platters (which at Brewski includes their huge breakfast platter and a fried chicken platter), with a ‘Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Cheese’ offering complete with garlic knots, deep-fried lasagne bites, meatball parm, tater tots, deep-fried calzone and so much more. It’s a beige food lover’s paradise, and one which, despite our best solo efforts, is probably best enjoyed between friends.
Open now in Manchester city centre, American Pies can be found at 58 Mosley St, M2 3HZ, and is open Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-10pm.