Ever heard of Enzo in the city centre? Maybe not, but I guarantee you’ve walked past it before. Situated on Fountain Street, at the back of Primark, this popular little pizza joint is quite the hidden gem in Manchester so when I was invited to try out their brunch menu last week, I was intrigued.
When you think of brunch in Manchester, its natural to think mainly of the Northern Quarter and all of the popular places there, but Enzo is one to keep an eye out for. More popularly known as a pizza joint, Enzo has been open since summer this year. Specialising in fresh pizza dough baked daily and their own recipe tomato sauce, it’s easy to see why there’s a buzz around this place.
Why you walk in, you’re greeted by the smell of fresh herbs and spices, garlic and pizzas cooking in the oven; what more could you want? The decor is very colourful, with brightly coloured lights against exposed brick walls, and big wooden tables. The word pizza is also done in festoon lights at the back of the restaurant.
The restaurant is owned by James, who has quite the story about how the brand was born: One day when his car wouldn’t start, he was forced to get the bus to work, when he was greeted by a smiley driver named Enzo. After getting the bus daily for a number of months, he struck up a friendship with him based on their love of food, and they discussed their dream in which to start a restaurant. Unfortunately, Enzo’s mother became ill, so it was down to James to start the business alone; fast forward to the present day and Enzo is certainly coming into its own.
I visited Enzo back in July for a blogging event, but as I had just started my new job, I only caught the last 10 minutes. As the staff as so lovely, they boxed me up some food to take away, but I have always wanted to go back to try it out properly. When I was invited to brunch by the lovely Sophie, my first thought was, brunch, in a pizza restaurant, I wonder what that entails?
When I got there, I remembered how central the location is, literally less than 5 minutes from the tram station. I was greeted by Vicki and Sophie and saw Tanesha on my way in before Christine joined us shortly after. We met at 11:30am, and the place was already packed full of families, couples and groups of friends, which is always a good thing.
We ordered hot drinks and had a peruse of the menu. I was pleasantly surprised to see my favourite, poached eggs, with loads of different side additions as well as eggs benedict, pastries, and ciabattas, but the thing that caught my eye was the breakfast pizzas, which Sophie went for – I opted for the poached eggs, cherry tomatoes and avocado.
The brunch menu is served until 12, and I would definitely recommend giving this place a go – the staff were so friendly, the food was delicious and the portions were huge, although I didn’t struggle one bit, naturally. We finished the meal off with some lovely girly chat over a mulled wine and a mince pie; very festive indeed.
If you’re struggling to find somewhere in the city centre, I would highly suggest Enzo, and I will definitely be back to try some more of the menu. It’s right in the centre of town, but away from the hustle and bustle of Market Street, and the menu has something for everyone including gluten-free and vegan options.
My meal at Enzo was complimentary. All views are my own.