By Chris Jaffray
Those north of the Watford Gap need not apply to taste this pizza – and if you call your evening meal ‘dinner’, don’t even bother.
A posse of staunch Northerners have invented a CHIPPY TEA pizza – a 16 inch beast topped with chip shop chips, sausages, mushy peas and even curry sauce.
And it might seem a bit of a weirdough, but the carb overload snack is proving a hit at Crazy Pedro’s bar in Manchester – where ‘tea’ is the only evening meal to have and food is served until 4am.
Marketing manager and proud Northerner Nick Coupland, 28, from Salford, said: “It is pretty much a classic northern dish – fish and chips and curry sauce and mushy peas.
“I think initially the northern credentials were the reason this pizza did well, but after that was just because people tried it.
“Now it is one of our most popular items, it goes down really well.
“It is comfort food, we are the only place that serves pizza like this until 4am in the morning, and it is just what you want at 3.30am.
“But at first, we did have people come up and say ‘we’re not sure what it is’, or asking how the mushy pea base would work as that is pretty unusual.”
Crazy Pedro’s, which has two branches in Manchester and one in Liverpool, first brought the unique pizza into being last year on their specials menu.
The original plan was to have it available on rotation but it became so popular that an uproar started on social media demanding it back when it was taken off the list, so now it is a permanent fixture.
And the carb-heavy offering, which contains more than 2,000 calories, can be devoured for £16 – or £10 just during happy hour.
Nick said the pizza came about through a desire to try new things and fuse different meals and has plans to launch similarly experimental vegan meals in the near future.
He added: “We put it on the specials to begin with but we got so much commotion on social media, people wanted to bring it back.”