Last weekend the family all travelled to Italy for my brother’s wedding, except for Grandpa David who wasn’t in the best health and had to stay home. So on Friday, we wanted to take him out for a pizza, so he could enjoy the Italian experience for himself! We went to MOD Pizza in Leeds – a new restaurant that is big on speed, style and fresh pizza and also great value for money!
The restaurant has been open for 4 months at the Cardigan Fields retail park and was the first MOD Pizza to open in the UK! This American brand started in Seattle in 2008 by the same couple behind the Seattle Coffee Company (which was sold to Starbucks in 1998) and are now bringing their fast pizza concept to our shores, with their second restaurant already open in Brighton and a launch planned in Newcastle next. After that they are opening in Leicester Square, London and then Nottingham will be open by 8th December.
The friendly team at the restaurant welcomed us in then explained their concept to us. You can have a MOD pizza or salad with any toppings you want for the same price. An 11″ pizza or regular salad costs £7.47 – regardless of what toppings you add, so it is one price for any pizza. You go to the counter where you choose your size of base (you can also get a 6″ pizza for £4.47 or a ‘mega’ which is a double 11″ crust pizza for £10.47) then you follow your pizza through the counter, asking them to add whatever you like. Once your pizza is built, you pay and get any drinks you want then return to your table where the pizza will be brought to you. It is kind of like a ‘Subway’ for pizzas – in the way you order the exact pizza you want and follow your meal through the counter until the till at the end!
Whilst it has a takeaway vibe, and you can of course take the food away, there is also a very nice restaurant in store where we dined – and it isn’t of a ‘takeaway’ kind of quality! What I mean is, you tend to think of takeaway places as fast food, designed to ‘fill a hole’ after a night out or when you want to eat fast. However whilst this place did serve the food fast and had that ‘counter service’ feel to it at the start, you are welcome to sit and eat and good quality tables, the decor is modern and has a youthful feel and the waiting staff are friendly and on the ball. Tables were cleared and customers looked after in a timely manner. I also noticed that the refillable soft drinks, for which you are given a plastic cup with lid, was a really nice quality cup – although it was a takeaway cup! The next day when I was clearing the house and discarding drinks that had been left the night before, I was reluctant to throw away the MOD plastic cup – it seemed like a great quality ‘wash and re-use’ kind of cup, unlike other restaurants where you might take a cup away.
My foodie husband was impressed. He enjoyed the fresh pizza, and said we would go there again – I have to agree. Whilst you can create your own pizza from scratch, the menu has some helpful suggestions of 9 classic pizzas that you can opt for – or like I did, do a ‘half and half’!
My son is the other foodie connoisseur in our family but in his case – he is a connoisseur of pizza only – his favourite meal! His number one pizza is a margarita, at MOD this is called the Maddy-Marie and simply contains red sauce and mozzarella.
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With our meals, most of us had a soft drink which we could refill and the machine had extra options such as cherry or vanilla flavouring to add to the diet Coke (I love that, I usually go for cherry!) but my husband and Grandpa David went for a cold draft beer with their meal. The beers are from £4.27 a pint or you can have a milkshake for £3.47. Wine is also available by the glass from £3.47 for 175ml.
Everyone was happy with their food and it made for a lovely family meal out. The pizza was really tasty and we enjoyed chatting to the staff who couldn’t do enough for us. Here is MOD Pizza Manager Richard and some of his team. As you can see, Richard was multi-tasking!
Visiting MOD Pizza was an enjoyable evening for all the family, the letters in MOD stand for ‘made on demand’ and the business prides itself on ‘speed’, ‘style’ and ‘pizza’. We certainly got all three. Highly recommended – we will eat there again.
Disclosure: We were provided with a family meal at MOD Pizza, Leeds for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.