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Anello Slaithwaite review: I went to Huddersfield's 'pizza heaven' that lives up to the rave reviews

Yorkshire Live logo Yorkshire Live 6 days ago Megan Shaw

Unless you have been hiding under a rock you will have heard of Rudy's Pizza's, famed near and far for their authentic Neapolitan doughy goods.

The concept first launched in Ancoats, Manchester, in 2015, founded by Jim Morgan and his partner Kate Wilson and the hugely popular pizza joint has since grown to six sites including London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds and Sale.

The trouble is, if you don't live close to a city centre, your chances of grabbing a Rudy's on a Friday night are pretty slim, that is of course, until now.

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Anello is the second pizza project from partners Kate and Jim Morgan along with new business partner Rick McCollom situated right in the heart of Slaithwaite - there is a god.

The new edition to the humble Yorkshire village brings everything you want from a top city-centre eatery to a friendly and relaxed space right on your doorstep with incredible pizzas at the heart of it all.

Having tried Rudy's a couple of times I didn't take much convincing to check it out, but if I had needed any more persuasion the glorious Trip Advisor reviews full of locals singing its praises would have done exactly that.

Anello has a 4.5-star rating on Tripadvisor but it is in the reviewers’ comments that its food really shines. There's review after review dubbing the village's new Italian hot spot their "new favourite restaurant", "pizza heaven" and "a perfecto pizzeria", one visitor even boldly claimed "it is a true taste of Italy in Slaithwaite."

Eager to see if the claims were true, I decided to check it out and placed an order, initially my plan was to take the pizza home to enjoy but upon collecting my order I decided to eat it in as there were tables available and the friendly, laid back vibe (not to mention the excellent beverage options) practically forced me to stay.

It was clear to see from just a quick glance at the menu that fresh quality ingredients and local produce were an important factor in Anello's ethos - immediately I was impressed.

There is a great selection of meaty pizzas as well as vegetarian and vegan options and the staff are happy for you to mix and match to suit your taste too.

As we pondered the menu we ordered a beer from a local brewery (just up the road in Marsden), Zapato, they also serve Magic Rock on tap - excellent for any craft ale fans.

They also serve a small selection of organic wines curated by local wine specialists KWAS in Huddersfield, which we moved on to later, there is a real sense of community and togetherness in just the menu alone.

I decided on the Portobello Mushroom pizza but asked to add the house cooked ham as an extra, of which the friendly staff were more than happy to accommodate, I also got an aioli dip, and my sister ordered the same but with added red onion.

It was refreshing to see your pizza cooked freshly in front of you in what I can only describe as the most beautiful pizza oven I've ever seen and the smell from the moment you open the door is incredible, it's no wonder I didn't want to leave.

The pizza was ready in literally minutes and it certainly did not disappoint, we both agreed it was up there with the best we have eaten (alongside its counterpart Rudy's) the sourdough base is cooked to perfection, crispy but tender and the thick and ever so slightly charred crusts that are perfect for dipping in the garlicky aioli.

The base was topped with the perfect amount of fresh tomato and cheese and a generous helping of mushrooms and ham toppings, it was perfectly seasoned, full of flavour and didn't leave me feeling greasy or like I had overindulged like is often the case with other types of pizza.

Despite absolutely devouring our pizza we still had a little space to try the desserts (everyone knows your dessert belly is a different belly to your savoury belly anyway) we opted to share the tiramisu, which is one of my favourites, and I soon lived to regret that decision because it was so amazing that I didn't want to share.

The classic Italian dessert was made the traditional way with fresh free-range eggs, Darkwoods coffee-soaked savoiardi biscuits and finished with crushed dark chocolate.

At the risk of being too complimentary, it was genuinely one of the best tiramisus I've eaten and I've a fair few under my belt, obviously pizza's aren't their only skill!

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and left feeling satisfied having had a great evening filled with authentic Italian food, we both agreed that it certainly lived up to its counterpart Rudy's as well as the rave reviews and we will certainly be back again.

All in all, I have given Anello 5/5 - freshly cooked pizzas, local produce, craft ale and a tiramisu to die for - what's not to love!

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