Review : Naples Style Pizza at Wood Fire Smoke in Wilmslow *


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?


What you need to know?
  • 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

After years of hard work and long hours in the restaurant industry, Alex, Sam and Rick decided to leave it all behind and start a street food business. They are truly passionate and obsessed (who wouln’t be…) with pizzas and wood fired pizza.  After 2 years of showcasing their pizzas at artisan markets and hundreds of private events, they have recently decided to open up Wood Fire Smoke Pizza in Wilmslow.

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.

Mummy in a Tutu


  1. April 13, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    Oh my goodness how delicious does this sound as a place to go and grab a pizza! I love that it wood fire smoked as well, that always adds a unique flavour.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 13, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      Yes it did, it tasted so different to the usuall pizza which we have which made it more unique

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 8:47 am

      Your welcome Maria

  2. April 14, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    They have made the decor look beautiful and relaxing. I’d love to try the dough balls!

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 8:46 am

      You would so love them Becky x

  3. Candy
    April 15, 2018 / 12:27 am

    Love the taste of wood burning brick ovens. The food tastes so very good. Wonderful experience you had

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Yes we did Candy, thank you

  4. April 15, 2018 / 1:11 am

    Wow! That pizza looks delicious and that place looks so nice! What a neat place!!

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 8:39 am

      Totally neat Kim, we loved it! Great place to hang out with family / friends

  5. April 15, 2018 / 2:51 am

    After visiting Italy, we realized that most places in America that serve Italian food are not authentic and don’t taste as good! So it’s wonderful to learn you’ve found a place that serves great Italian pizza. Both the salad and pizza sound and look amazing! And thanks for sharing how they invest so much time into the sourdough and cooking process. Seems like a great place!

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 8:39 am

      Its a super great place Steph, could not believe how long they took to proof the dough and how much trouble they have gone into learning to to make the pizza exactly like how they make it in Naples

  6. April 15, 2018 / 9:03 am

    I bet it smells like heaven in there. We are the other side of the pennies so not too much of trip if we wanted to go. I like that they have travelled to learn how to make it authentically

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 10:39 am

      Yes we were suprised to see how serious they were about making the pizza exactly like how they made it in Naples

  7. April 15, 2018 / 10:28 am

    Wow those stuffed doughballs sound so yummy, I love cheese and garlic x

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 11:24 am

      Yes they were so yummy! We totally loved it

  8. April 15, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    The food looks amazing, we have a couple of restaurants that use ovens like this locally and the food is delicious

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 7:35 pm

      So glad to hear that Kara, wood oven stove really makes the pizza taste so wonderful

  9. Elizabeth O
    April 15, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    This place looks like a lovely restaurant to enjoy a pizza. They look lovely done in a wood fire like that. What a gorgeous place. The stuffed doughballs look so delicious too.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Yes the pizza and dough balls tasted amazing, not like the pizza you get in a box or from the fast food stores

  10. April 15, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    You pics look so yummy. I love pizza that is wood fire smoked because it adds a unique flavour.This place looks like a great place to enjoy some good food.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Yes super place to have some good food and make memories with family and friends

  11. Dannii
    April 15, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Oh you are just making me miss manchester even more. Those pizzas look epic and the crust looks perfect.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Thanks Dannii, the shop is based in Wilslow, not far from Manchester in Chester area. Yes the crust tasted really nice.

  12. April 15, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    It looks delicious, almost like you can smell it.
    And made by hand ..? That adds so much more finesse and flavour to the food.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Yes definitely Bethany, the whole restaurant smelled like Italy

  13. April 15, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    Oh yum! I’m a sucker for a good pizza and woodfired is my absolute favorite.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 6:20 am

      Oh glad to hear that Kara x

  14. Blair Villanueva
    April 16, 2018 / 6:26 am

    I must confess – I am distracted by the pizza chef! LOL
    The whole pizza dining makes a loooot of difference when being served by a hot pizza chef, hihihi

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 7:33 am

      Hahaah yes Blair. The pizza was delish and Chef Rick was so experienced in pizza making too.

  15. April 16, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Rick did a great job with that pizza it looks fantastic. The salad with the dressing sounds great I would love to try that.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 8:47 am

      Yes he did a fab job with the pizza and the salad was really delish and it just had simple fresh ingredients to it

  16. April 16, 2018 / 9:50 am

    I love the sound of this place, sounds like a really authentic experience.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      Yes it was totally and all local to where we live, how wonderful!

  17. April 16, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    This looks like a wonderful place to eat and visit. Love the rustic decor and the food looks amazing. Great review.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you Tina, we loved the restaurant

  18. April 17, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    The food here looks blooming incredible, I’m craving pizza now. I love the authentic touch and the sour dough’s back story – really cool that they went off to learn exactly how it’s made.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 18, 2018 / 6:35 am

      Thanks Rachel, yes they have out a lot of effort and thought into Wood Fire Smoke

  19. April 17, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    Wow that all looks amazing! I love Italian and this all looks so authentic! gorgeous place to eat too!

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 18, 2018 / 6:33 am

      Thanks Wo, yes the food tasted amazing and yes it was totally authentic!

  20. April 19, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Wow i love the decor and anywhere that can make an authentic italian pizza is ok by me!!
    Thanks for linking to #foodiefriday

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 20, 2018 / 10:32 am

      Your welcome, glad you enjoyed the post

  21. April 30, 2018 / 9:25 am

    How wonderful does this place sound, the pizza looks amazing!

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 30, 2018 / 10:53 am

      Thanks Charli, yes it tasted so good!

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