Nell’s at Home is Here, It’s Square and We’re Very Excited

Not content with being Manchester’s primo New York pizza spot, Nell’s are taking things a step further by launching Nell’s At Home, allowing you to bake some of the city’s finest ‘za from the comfort of your own kitchen.

In keeping with a proud NYC tradition, the WFH version will come as a Grandma Pie, all square and cheesy and heartwarming. The team at Nell’s do all the leg work, prepping the pies on site before freezing them, meaning all you have to do is let those suckers defrost before slinging them into your oven for 10 minutes.

The topping of choice will be the staple OG Cheese, Nell’s best selling blend of crushed tomatoes, mozarella, parmesan and extra virgin olive oil, all served up on their signature house dough, which has been proved for 72 hours beforehand.

“My grandma and your grandma, were sittin’ by the fire”

Since launching last February, Nell’s has become a firm favourite in the city centre, sequestered in Common in the Northern Quarter, they’ve packed revellers onto Edge Street with 22 inch slices overhanging their paper plates and have transformed a corner of town into their own little slice of Brooklyn, all while gaining national media attention due to their giant slices generating a debate over what constituted a ‘substantial meal’.

But there can be no argument over how substantial their new bake at home offering is. Originating in Long Island, the Grandma Pie comes on a slightly thicker crust than your usual New Yorker (and slightly lighter than the similar Sicilian, with which it is often confused), and is kept simple with cheese and tomatoes decorating the square base. It is apt that it’s humble beginnings stem from Italian housewives adapting the usual recipe due to not having pizza ovens in their own homes. Decades later and Nell’s are replicating this need for a homebaked equivalent, gifting us authentic corner slices straight to our living rooms.

It’s hip to be square

Over a year of research has gone into developing Nell’s at Home, so you can rest assured that these pies are going to be no joke. Given the intensive tour of New York Johnny and the team at Common undertook ahead of launching Nell’s in the first place, you know more than a few Grandma slices were thrown back during that trip, meaning a significant taste testing of the world’s finest squares has gone into these pies, from the legendary Di Fara in Midwood to Best and L’industrie out in Williamsburg. Colour us very, very excited.

The pies will be stocked across Manchester, at Ancoats’ General Store, Bernie’s Grocery in Heaton Moor, Stretford Foodhall, Groceries & Beer in Sale, Store in Castlefield, Beagle in Chorlton and Grape to Grain in Prestwich. The official drop date is Thursday 4th March, which will coincide with a #PizzaWine tasting at 8pm at Grape to Grain, with tickets starting at £20 for a pie and a guided tasting of three of their favourite ‘Thursday Wines’ – Fantini Farnese Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Corte Giara Bardolino and Cappello di Prete ‘Rosso del Salento’ from Puglia. Booking closes on 1st March, with tickets available HERE.

So if you’ll excuse me, I just need to pick out a crisp white tee to wear for when I inevitably send sauce and cheese oozing off the crust from my first bite all the way down my front. Cannot…wait.

Restaurants delivering themselves without the big apps

Takeaways have been the way many of us have made it through lockdown, with the weekly order (or more often, if we’re honest) a real highlight to look forward to.

While Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat can provide some much-needed inspiration for what to order, many restaurants and food traders are choosing to do the delivering themselves.

When lockdown was first introduced in March last year, Ozzie, co-owner of Ancoats chippy Hip Hop Chip Shop, jumped on his bike and started delivering takeaway orders.

They started off taking orders on WhatsApp, and Ozzie would cycle around with his bike trailer off Ebay for £20. ‘Obsessed’ with the food arriving really hot, Ozzie would plan the routes so he could do three drop offs at a time within 5 minutes of each other.

Ozzie at the start of the first lockdown with his £20 bike trailer he bought on Ebay

As they started doing more orders, Hip Hop Chip Shop wanted to be able to continue control the quality of the food and the delivery times. They now take orders through their own website, as well as through Deliveroo and Uber Eats, but even with orders through the apps, they do the deliveries themselves. They keep the delivery radius small to ensure the food doesn’t stay in the box for too long.

Ozzie said: “When [the delivery platforms] were doing the riding for us, you’d get riders that would accept an order and then arrive at the shop and then find something else or leave. We literally had riders outside and then we’d look and they’d be gone. It was just the not knowing when people would come. It’s a complete blind spot for your business.

“We’ve ended up getting people in who have done deliveries for Uber Eats and Deliveroo, and the fact that they are going back and forth to one venue, getting paid an hourly rate rather than by delivery, they’re actually getting paid more for doing that.

“Since we’ve brought our deliveries in house, our deliveries on the platform have been up and up because we’re in control of the quality and we know it’s getting there proper quick. Before, we just didn’t know what was happening, we didn’t know how quick they were going. There was no incentive for them to get there quickly, they were just getting paid for the delivery.”

Ozzie says he is ‘obsessed’ with the food arriving hot and not being in the box too long

Delivery apps like Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat can provide exposure for small businesses and straightforward means of delivering their dishes, but this service does come at a premium.

For each order that is delivered, delivery platforms will take around 30-35% of the revenue. If restaurants get orders through the apps but deliver themselves, the cut is around 15%. For orders through their own website, they only have to pay a monthly upkeep fee and a cut of the card payments of around 2%.

On top of this, Ozzie says that they are constantly being encouraged to put offers on their food. Something that he says, if they don’t do, affects their rankings on the platform.

“I’ve always said, it’s a necessary evil. They are offering you a service of orders and delivery, it’s a good model, but they’ll just take a lot of money.

“I definitely see the value in it, for sure, but if you are in a position to be able do it yourselves, I would definitely do it. For us, it’s been so much better for us to be able to control it.”

Restaurants/food and drink traders delivering themselves

Hip Hop Chip Shop

Fish and chips delivered by bike from Thursday to Sunday within 1.3km of the Ancoats restaurant. Order via their website here:

The Sparrows

Handmade pasta, spatzle and dumplings available as takeaway or ‘finish at home’. Deliveries £5 from Tuesday to Sunday to postcodes M1-M9, M11-M18, M32, M40, M50 . Order via their website:

The Creameries

Weekly seasonal supper menus. Deliveries on Saturday, £3 for postcodes M21, M16, M20, M32. Nationwide deliveries £10. Also available to collect from their Chorlton restaurant.

Cibus Pizza

Pizza deliveries Thursday to Sunday 5-10pm. Roast deliveries on Sundays 2-7pm. Minimum order £12 via

Nasi Lemak

Malaysian ready meals. Order on WhatsApp – 07551 925129.


Chocolate chip cookies, delivered Thursday to Sunday. Delivery costs – within 2.5 miles (£2.50), 2.5-8 miles (£3.50) and 3 miles from Bolton/Bury (£3.75). Order here.

Siop Shop

Doughnut deliveries. £3 per order. Wednesday to Friday, various locations. Order here


Handmade pasties and pies. Local Manchester deliveries £2, delivered on Saturdays and Sundays. Collection also available. Order here


Street food meal kits and ready meals, drinks and desserts from various Manchester traders. Saturday deliveries available within 6 miles of GRUB. Full information here.

Isca Wines

Wine, food and provisions delivered each Friday. Minimum orders is £15 with free delivery in M19, £3 in M1, M4, M12-M21, SK4-SK6. Order via their webshop:

Ornella’s Kitchen

Italian dishes delivered, ready to eat or reheat. Menu is on their Instagram page here. Orders via DM.


Tapas, charcuterie and meal kits. Local deliveries available, full list of areas they deliver to and dishes available on their website here:

Nell’s Pizza

Nell’s Pizza are on the delivery platforms but Deliveroo just can’t handle their 22 inch pizzas. So, to order those email, they can also be collected from The Beagle.

Get Chucked

Double-stacked beef burgers, fries, wings and nuggets, delivered to M41 (£2.95), and M31 and M32 (£3.95). Also available for collection. Order here:

Active Wellness Cafe

Vegetarian Sunday roasts delivered – £9.95 each. Call 0161 312 5030 or 07455322805 to order.

Nibble NQ

Brunch, lunch, cakes and more delivered nationwide. Delivery every fortnight. Order via their website here.

Blue Eyed Panda

Independent Chinese restaurant delivering Thursday to Sunday. Call 0161 207 8788 to order.

Reserve Wines

Wines and spirits delivered. Free delivery in Greater Manchester for orders over £30. Order here:


Bread and pastries with delivery options available from Wednesday to Friday and Sundays with various locations on each of the days. Minimums orders £10 and deliveries cost £4. Order here.