After taking the Manchester pizza scene by storm last year – despite its arguable over-saturation – Nell’s Pizza is set to expand further, providing a brand new home for the beloved NYC pizza spot. One of few places in Manchester that pizza lovers can get their hands on New York-style slices bigger than your head, the pizzeria – which found life as part of the NQ’s Common – will take over a brand new site at Kampus, with an opening date earmarked for the 5th November.
Originally set to be an extension of the Common brand, the new site – formerly named the Cornerstone pub – will mark Nell’s first-ever fully dedicated restaurant, where guests will be able to enjoy 22″ pizza pies, signature cocktails and Nell’s new ice cream sandwiches.
Now, the new Nell’s Pizza will swap out the originally-planned traditional pub vibe for a pizza restaurant, bar and a standalone ‘Slice Bar’ where you can pop in for a quick slice all day and late into the evening – with room for large bookings to enjoy the space, too. Additionally, guests will also be able to enjoy a range of snacks and cocktails, including the Nell’s Sbagliato, Nell’s Spritz, and Nell’s Sour. The classic pizza menu – which includes faves such as the Original Cheese and Do You ‘Roni Honey? – will be joined by a new Detroit-style focaccia creation, which is topped with Nell’s very own marinara sauce for a saucy finish.
But the real fun is saved for Sundays, with bottomless slices, bottomless drinks and DJ’s taking over for their new Sunday Pizza Social. To wash it all down with, expect 17 lines pouring a selection of house beers including Veltins, Virtuous and Pomona Island, rotating specials from visiting breweries and local faves, alongside a huge wine list for the winos among us.
Speaking of the change of plan, Jonny said; “We decided to make a change from our original concept for Kampus. It wasn’t an easy decision, but we felt like so much had changed since we began this project at Kampus and Cornerstone started to feel like a ‘pre-COVID’ idea, which of course it was. Kampus had been intended as the first-ever Nell’s but in fact, we’re already now operating at two sites.
“So much of our focus over the last year has been on Nell’s so we thought it didn’t make sense to have it playing second fiddle to Cornerstone. Now felt like the right time for Nell’s to step out of the shadows and have a place of her own.”