Craving some Naples style wood fired neopolitan pizzas? Then don’t worry … you don’t need to travel to Italy for the authentic Naples pizza flavour, just visit Wood Fire Smoke Pizza in Wilmslow for a similar experience. We were invited to head over to the restaurant a couple of weeks ago to review some of their pizza and get to know more about the owners and what they do there. Entering the restaurant, we loved how much light came in through their big windows. The restaurant was beautifully decorated with an Italian rustic theme to it, the atmosphere was inviting and we immediately felt very relaxed.
The restaurant which seats roughly 54 pax is adorned with little decorations which makes the place more like an Italian restaurant, that we almost forgot that we were in the town of Wilmslow in Cheshire.
We arrived for noon as we wanted to get a nice table, we will recommend you to book your table as the place tends to get busy. When we were there, part of the restaurant was reserved for an office lunch gathering (see above photo).
We met up with Rick, one of the owners of Wood Fire Smoke Pizza and he explained the concept and idea behind the restaurant. He mentioned that although the shop in Wilmslow had only been open for about 5 months, they already had been in the pizza making busines for the last 4 years mainly travelling to various food events, artisan markets as well as cooking at private events such as weddings and corporate parties. He added that they have been busy almost everyday with customers who were enjoying the range of pizzas which they offered.
Looking at their dough, we asked Rick why it was so soft. He went on to explain that their pizza is made exactly as it is made in Naples in Italy (where they had travelled to to learn the method of making it). The dough which is called ‘sour dough’ takes about 48 hours to rest and proof hence the final texture is so soft and pliable
Our first starters which we were really looking forward to taste was the stuffed dough balls which were stuffed with the vegan mozarella and garlic butter. The four dough balls costs £5 and were totally delish! We would easily say that one dough ball was enough for each of us but having two dough balls each was just luxurious. The dough balls melted in our mouth and the oozing garlicky cheese made it even more delish and heavenly. It was really filling but yummy.
Here’s a short video of our visit to the restaurant, hope you enjoy viewing it.
Rick also explained that their pizzas are made using the traditional way using techniques learnt in Naples. Their dough is hand made, prooved for 48 hours, then topped with the finest Italian ingredients and then blasted in the wood burning oven for around 60 seconds which immediately puffs up the dough and gives it the slighly burnt authentic look. He even goes on to add that everything on their menu is cooked in the oven as they are very proud of it.
Here’s a quick look at their wood oven, its really something special and very very hot too….it can get up to 500 degrees when they are cooking the pizzas. They also use a special type of wood which is compressed beech wood to ensure that their pizzas are evenly cooked.
Here’s Rick putting on the final touches to our pizza prosciutto, rocket, tomato, parmesan and mozzarella pizza
For starters, we ordered the Courgette Salad. The courgette ribbons were accompanied with pickled black olives, pickled chillies and feta cheese. We loved this very much and this could also be a light lunch for those not feeling like eating a whole pizza. We are not fans of dressing but the lemon and mint dressing was subtle and married the dish perfectly. Biting into the red chillies gave the dish more body as well. Costing £7, this is a great sharing dish too if you are there with friends.
We were recommended to try the #7 Pizza on the menu which was the Prosciutto, rocket, tomato, parmesan and mozzarella pizza costs £9.95 and is the perfect size for 1 person (or 2 small eaters). The dough was really soft and the saltiness of the prosciutto best eaten immediately. We were used to eating Rome style pizza where the base is firm and we eat with our hands but soon realised that the Naples style pizza dough was too soft to hold and it had to be rolled with out hands or eaten using fork and knife. This is exactly how they eat in Naples…they eat using their hands and roll the dough up, some even tear a little bit of the pizza then dip it in the centre which is more wet.
Our next Pizza choice was the #9 Pizza which was the roast BBQ chicken, Sweet onion, mozzarella, parmesan and basil. This costs £10 and we loved every bit of it! The caramalised onions gave the BBQ pizza a fabulous sweet flavour and made it totally moreish and we just kept on eating the pizza. We washed our food down with a cup of tea which was priced at £2 and the amazing Elderflower Lemonade priced at £2.20. We usually would have room for desserts but unfortunately, we were stuffed as the pizza was quite substantial. We would totally recommend heading here with friends, ordering a couple of pizza and starters to share. The food had such good flavours and did we mention that we were served by a waiter who hails from Naples himself? How more authentic can you get?
- NO CORKAGE CHARGES – They do not charge any corkage fee to bring in your favourite alcohol tipple, so feel free to bring a bottle or two while you enjoy your favourite pizza
- RESERVATIONS – Although the restaurants sits 54 people, we would recommend for you to call and reserve a table as they do get busy and often get pre-booked for events / office dos.
- CATERING – They are happy to travel to your venue for events such as weddings, corporate events and parties to set up and cook pizza so drop them an email for more details
- VEGAN – The use locally supplied Vegan Mozarella, speak to them if you are vegan / vegetarian or have any food intolerance
What are Wood Fire Smoke Pizza’s Opening Hours?
Monday : Closed
Tue to Thu : 12 noon until 10pm
Fri & Sat : 12 noon until 11pm
Sun: 12 noon until 9pm
About Wood Fire Smoke Pizza
Where is Wood Fire Smoke Pizza?
The restaurant is located at Water Lane in Wilmslow, Cheshire which is just walking distance from the high street. Try to park up at the multi-storey carpark at Spring Street which is just opposite the Restaurant (do be warned as this parking lot is often full) , otherwise you would need to park up further and walk.
31 Water Lane
Manchester SK9 5AR
Tel: 01625 408543
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* We were provided with free meals in return for a review. All opinions are our own.