A new vegan pizzeria to take over former Dough site in Northern Quarter

Purezza, a new plant-based pizza restaurant, is about to open in Manchester.

Taking over the former Dough site on High Street in the Northern Quarter, Purezza will open to the public on 21 June.

The menu of Neapolitan-style pizzas are topped with the restaurant’s own patented plant-based mozzarella, which they say looks, tastes and melts like the real thing.

The dough can be made with either organic wholegrain sourdough, hemp or ‘Freedom’ (gluten-free) bases.

Pizzas can be made with either organic sourdough, hemp or gluten free base

Each pizza sounds like an episode from Friends, ‘The One With The Friarielli’ with Italian style broccoli, ‘The One That’s Telling Porkies’ with BBQ pulled porketta and ‘The One and Only, Parmigiana Party’ which was the National Pizza of the Year in 2018 and is topped with aubergine parmigiana, crumbled vegan sausages, and a dusting of nutritional yeast.

As well as pizza, meat-free mains include stone-baked lasagna and Cheesesteak Calzone with seitan salami, courgettes and semi-dried tomatoes.

There is a range of vegan desserts too including caramel brownie, lemon cheesecake and The Chocolate One – a sourdough base topped with chocolate-hazelnut spread, white chocolate crumble and ice cream.

The Manchester restaurant will be the fifth site for the brand which opened its first restaurant in the UK in Brighton in 2015, and has since opened restaurants in London, Bristol and Hove.

The Manchester restaurant will be the fifth site for Purezza

Tim Barclay, co-founder and co-owner of Purezza, says: “We’re so excited that our Manchester site is opening, after a few setbacks during lockdowns, and we can’t wait to welcome customers through our doors. We know there’s a vibrant foodie scene in and around the city and that Mancunian pizza lovers will love our menu options, and our sustainable, planet-friendly ethos.

“To celebrate the launch, we’re giving Mancunians free pizza during our soft launch weekend on 18th and 19th June so sign up soon to be in with a chance to win – your friends will love you for it.”

To sign up for the chance to win a table at Purezza on the pre-launch weekender, enter your email on their website here: purezza.co.uk/launch.

Four winners will be selected at random with a table for two and a table for four available on 18 and 19 June, and will enjoy a free a starter, main course, dessert and drink for each person.

Purezza will open on 21 June. To find out more and book a table, visit: purezza.co.uk/locations/manchester.

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