Saturday, 29 April 2017

Food review | MOD Pizza

Wandering the new food court at the Metro Centre, Gateshead, weary from a day of work and shopping, I stumbled across MOD Pizza. Glancing at the menu I was astounded to see that it included a choice of dairy free cheese. I enquired as to whether the bases were suitable for those seeking a dairy free pizza experience and was assured they were. And so I had my first vegan pizza!

The menu is made up of 10 pre-designed pizzas which you can MODify any way you like. Or, you can opt to create a pizza from scratch which is what I did. I opted, obviously, for the dairy free cheese over the red sauce. I then went a little bit OTT with the toppings, adding just about every veggie option they had! This made the pizza quite heavy when it arrived and I ended up eating it with a knife and fork because the topping kept dropping off. This was definitely my own fault for being a little piglet! The base was thin and crispy which suited me perfectly, although it was a little soggy due to my overindulgence (hence the knife and fork!)

Aside from the ability to customise your own pizza the best part of MOD is that all pizzas are the same price, no matter how overboard you go with your choices. Cheese and tomato? £7.47. Every meat known to man? £7.47. ALL THE VEGGIES? Yes, you've guessed it: £7.47.

The staff were really helpful and patient with me as I ummed and ahhed over every decision. I was really impressed that not only did they change their gloves, but they used fresh ingredients from under the counter to avoid cross contamination.

11" double crust!

At MOD you can also create your own salad, indulge in cinnamon strips dipped in a number of different sauces, and choose from a delish variety of home-made teas and lemonades. Gluten free bases are also available at an additional cost. The strawberry lemonade was so moreish that I think I drank about three pints of the stuff before heading home in a sugar daze.

The restaurant itself is stylish and modern. The wash-rooms are unisex; there are separate cubicles but the hand washing facilities are shared. The staff are really helpful and are happy to offer advice about dietary requirements. I've been back since and I only wish it was close enough to order a pizza for collection (although my waistline and arteries are probably pretty relieved!)

Inspired by MOD I've been making my own pizza at home using Sainsbury's cheddar style dairy free cheese on their thin and crispy base almost weekly:

And on that note, I'm off to erm... make a pizza!

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