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REVIEW: Crazy Pedro's | Bridge Street

L'Oréal Blackett eats too much and holds back on the superlatives

Written by . Published on February 4th 2015.

REVIEW: Crazy Pedro's | Bridge Street

'MY FIRST reaction was wow'.

I’ve not been remotely titillated by a pizza since Pizza Hut put the cheese inside the crust. 

That’s not my summation for this review, but 17-year-old journalism student Holly Ashton's enthusiastic response to Pizza Express for Peterborough Today in 2014. It shoved poor Holly into the firing line of esteemed food reviewers who have eaten far too well for far too long to even know that Nandos serves chicken. 

'Oh the naivety', they cried as she went on to describe a two for £10 lunch as 'absolutely amazing' and ‘divine’.

I wish pizza still thrilled me that much. I’ve not been remotely titillated by a pizza since Pizza Hut put the cheese inside the crust. 

Especially here in Manchester. I may be wrong, but it seems we’ve been too focused on amping up the filth on burgers and hotdogs to refine our pizza options. 

I'll hand it to Slice and Salvi's, independents challenging pizza chain reproductions with quality offerings. Still, Solita's Franco has had enough, and recently told Confidential's Sleuth he was going to open his own pizza parlour in NQ just to get a decent slice. He’s thinking trestle tables, Italian beers, wood fired Neapolitan-style pizzas and a first for the North, pizza al metro - pizza be the metre. We'll be keeping an ear out for that one. 

In the meantime, Crazy Pedro's have been causing a ruckus on Bridge Street.

Dsc_0908Crazy Pedro's - Back Bridge Street

It's a 'part-time' pizza parlour (whatever that means) launched by the Black Dog Ballroom lot at the back end of 2014 and has filled the former-Starbucks site. It's already got a reputation for being a bit, well, craaazy. I have no idea what this bloke Pedro has to do with late night pizza but let's roll with it. 

Inside, Crazy Pedro's has its cool kid outfit on.

Shaded by American Diner style blinds, moodily lit, glowing Red Light District red with posters of musical greats plastered across the ceiling. It feels naughty doing the dirty food deed with Mick Jagger, 2Pac and Etta James watching.

Dsc_0896 %282%29American diner style

So, the pizza. Crazy Pedro's stays true to the current food trend of putting crap on top of crap on top of crap, the menu boasts cracker thin crust New York style pizza with less cheese and more nonsense toppings. 

From the eleven strong menu, Crazy Pedro's gives you a few slices to choose from (for £2.50) or £14 for a whole one. Get up, order, sit back down, scoff.

First up came Pedro's 'World Famous Hotdog Burger' pizza topped with beer-soaked Franks (sausage), American cheese, onions, French mustard and ketchup. By far the tastiest of the lot. It does what it says on the tin - a hotdog on a pizza. Yikes.

I tentatively chose the 'chicken and waffle' for my second slice, knowing this would be the Marmite of the group. Some may enjoy the sickly sweetness of fried chicken and smoked bacon drizzled with sugary maple syrup, others will want to reach for the Gaviscon. I wasn't convinced.

Next, I avoided the 'Kingston Rock' topped with Scotch Bonnets (one of the world's hottest chillies) as I watched my companion beckon frantically for water as she chomped through the lethal peppers. Instead I went for the 'Wacko Jacko': pepperoni, jerk chicken and pineapple sprinkled with cashew nuts. Far more underwhelming than its namesake, this failed to give me the 'eee-hees' (you know, that noise Jacko made when he grabbed his crotch).

Dsc_0871 %282%29Slice after slice

Dsc_0883Frozen margaritas - glorified slush puppies

We washed it all down with some frozen margaritas. I chose the mango and chilli and got a glorified slush puppy for a hefty £7. Next time I'd stick to a real cold one - beer please.

We carried on ordering by the slice throughout the night with the Rolling Stones's Sympathy For The Devil helping push us through the fifth slice - no sympathy for the glutton.

For me, the setting beat the pizza at Pedro's, with some as 'Neopolitan-American' as a supermarket's frozen versions. There are takeaways over on Oxford Road doing cheesier, tastier and filthier for a lot less.

But then, you're paying for the cool, indie vibe at Pedro's - which I'm happy to do - even if the service wasn't too hot. One 'hugely hungover' bartender (eavesdropping, sorry) gave us the brush-off more than once. Not good.

We came on a Saturday night and agreed it was a perfect holding-pen before a dive down into the Liar's Club or up into Mojos above, and a handy place to grab a slice after falling out of the club at 3am. Crazy Pedro's has certainly brought life to the public square Confidential once dubbed 'The Square With No Name' - but I'm going to hold off on the superlatives. Holly, think more straight-up fun than 'divine'. 

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Crazy Pedro's Part Time Pizza Parlour, 55-57 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BQ

Rating 10/20

Food: 5/10 Hit-and-miss filth. 

Ambience: 3/5 Young, cool and lively.

Service: 2/5 Mostly hungover.

L'Oreal recommends: Dropping-in before moving on.

Try to avoid: Scotch Bonnets.

PLEASE NOTE: Venues are rated against the best examples of their kind: fine dining against the best fine dining, bars against bars, cafes against the best cafes. Following on from this the scores represent: 1-5 saw your leg off and eat it, 6-9 get a DVD, 10-11 if you must, 12-13 if you’re passing, 14-15 worth a trip, 16-17 very good, 18 exceptional, 19 pure quality, 20 perfect. More than 20, we get carried away

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20 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousFebruary 4th 2015.

The pizza is average, no better than that. Decent tunes.

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AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

Worth going for the DJ, then?

AnonymousFebruary 4th 2015.

They don't look very nice

pollolocoFebruary 5th 2015.

shocking pizza...truly dreadful

AVOFebruary 5th 2015.

Causing a raucous???

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EditorialFebruary 5th 2015.

Well spotted.

Poster BoyFebruary 5th 2015.


mancadamFebruary 5th 2015.

looks awful. also, i suspect this model is based on the dollar slice pizza places you get all over north america, except in Manchester it's $4 slice. in the age of the £13 mince sandwich i suppose that's just what we should expect at this stage.

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AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

Just £13? Wait until Burger & Lobster opens, you'll have a fit

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

A few quid more and you can eat at The Hawksmoor.

AnonymousFebruary 5th 2015.

The pizza is the best manchester has to offer. As for crap on crap, you guys still going crazy for Solita?

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AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

Oh hey Pedro, feeling kuh-razay today?

Daniel CoultasFebruary 8th 2015.

other than Slice, Salvis, San Carlo, Artisan, Honest Crust (at b.eat street), shall we go on?

Tyrome HaydenFebruary 7th 2015.

It seems a little screamish this artical if I say so. Last I went was over a week ago. The drinks were top notch Plus the atmosphere was great. American,Italian theme with that rock an roll style. Pizza was far from what has been said on this. I had 4 slices of pizza hotdog,Nacho Margherita and Cuban. Best slices of pizza I have had in a while.

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2015.

Dominos do the best pizza in Manchester. People on here won't like to admit it because it's a chain takeaway.

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MaryFebruary 8th 2015.

Excellent trolling.

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2015.

Dominos is often dry and only nice with a dip.

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Dominos funded the IRA in the '80s so they won't receive a red cent from me

So IconicFebruary 23rd 2015.


Lil DegFebruary 23rd 2015.

The best pizza in Manchester comes from the street traders. People with a little brick oven on wheels makes a tastier fresh pizza than a sit down restaurant with a fully equipped kitchen I fear you're right L. We need to up out game! PS. Alcoholic slush puppies are next to godliness

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