MOD Pizza, Leeds Central
Graham Clark, Features Writer
You might think that there are enough pizza restaurants in the centre of Leeds, does there need to be another one? Well, MOD pizza (it stands for Made on Demand) is different from the others as it does just what the title says - you select your own toppings to go on your pizza!
They have a prime spot in the centre of Leeds, it is on a corner with some outdoor seating too, which I should imagine will be very popular with office workers and shoppers at lunch time.
Being able to create your own pizza will be a delight for children too, though I dare say they might come up with some odd creations. The 11 inch pizza is priced at £7.87 and you can have as many ingredients on your pizza as your stomach can stand. If you just want a plain Margherita you get £1.00 off the standard price.
Vegan? No problem - any pizza can be made with their diary free cheese, they also have gluten free pizzas.
The style of the restaurant is modern, although they have better seating at this new central Leeds restaurant as opposed to the one on the Kirkstall Road retail park. Cosy booths amongst other more traditional seating have been installed.
The music playing reminded me of being in a Hard Rock Cafe - if you like the classics from acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Cure, Simple Minds, Joy Division and Franz Ferdinand et al you will be well catered for.
We started off with the American cheesy garlic bread strips which tended to be a bit greasy, but then you expect that with a cheese topping.
To guide you they have suggestions with some unusual names: Lucy Sunshine (Garlic, Mozzarella, artichokes, Parmesan and red sauce dollops), Caspian (BBQ sauce, Mozzarella, chicken,red onions, blue cheese and BBQ swirl).
My partner decided upon the simple salad (salad greens, asiago cheese, roasted red peppers and dressing) which was fresh and a meal in itself.
I went for the Mad Dog pizza (red sauce, Mozzarella, pepperoni, mild sausage and ground beef). I found it to be tangy and tasty and hate to think how many calories it contained, but who cares when the pizza is as good as this.
My partner made a good choice with the Dillon James - they call it the posh Margherita. With plenty of red sauce, garlic, chopped basil, mozzarella, sliced tomatoes and asiago cheese, the verdict was that it tasted like an authentic Italian pizza - just like the ones she has eaten many times in Italy.
They don't have an extensive dessert menu, in reality you have 3 choices. The No Name cake didn't look very special to me but my partner assured me it tasted better than it looked.
I thought that the MOD Millionaire dessert pot was very sweet but complemented the pizzas. The desserts range from £1.97 to £2.97.
Surprisingly for this type of restaurant they do a very good wine list with an excellent fruity Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
It's always good to get other diners opinions so we asked the young couple sat opposite what they thought. The girl said that she had been before with colleagues from her work, she enjoyed it so much that she had returned with her boyfriend.
Once people discover MOD they will return again, I know we will.
MOD Pizza, Unit B, Pinnacle Building, 37 Bond Street, Leeds LS1 5BQ
Telephone 01132 444 137
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MOD Pizza, Leeds Central, 29th May 2018, 9:46 AM