I recently became aware that we hadn’t properly featured MOD Pizza since it opened back in Nov 2016 in the Metrocentre. You can read that post here. Restaurants in the Metrocentre have had a hard time recently. Ed’s Diner closed in epic fashion (plates of food were left on tables), Handmade Burger company closed and re-opened and Movenpick was open for all of a week.
MOD Pizza seemed novel to start with, and they were picking a location which had other brands well established. Zizzi’s, Pizza Express and Frankie and Benny’s are but a few that had been there for a while so when MOD arrived, I wanted to try it but did think about how they could possibly differentiate it from others serving up something similar.
The ordering system was cute; stand in a little queue, pick your pizza from the wall or help create your own by speaking to the chefs and watch your pizza come to life in front of your eyes. You move around the counter to grab a drink, pay, then sit and wait before your pizza is brought over to you.
There’s something about MOD that I like aesthetically, the walls are covered in local imagery (as you can see above) and the stickers which are readily available from the counter are ABSOLUTELY everywhere with notes from those who adorned them to every available space. It gives off a comfortable community vibe not found in other restaurants. I’ve been in there quite a few times now – once with Pip and a couple of times with the kids – and the staff are incredible. The service is always friendly and there’s never any hardship in what they do for you. To be honest I thought the novelty of MOD would have worn out after my first visit, that it would become an a-typical chain pizza and, dare I say it, similar to Pizza Hut. But it’s not, and it seems to be getting better each time I visit.
Pip and I visited for a vegan pizza. We’ve had some good vegan pizzas and utterly atrocious vegan pizzas. It’s always a gamble to see what you’re going to end up with. Imagine my astonishment when we started chatting to the chefs and they brought out separate ingredients just for vegans and even changed their gloves to deal with cross-contamination. My surprise was that they seemed proud to do it. Jaw to the floor moment.
The proof is still in the eating. Regardless of how I felt about the service and the team’s enthusiasm, if the pizza had came out looking like a punched lasagne everything would have gone downhill.
This thing came out looking like it had been made for Zeus. “I hope this tastes as good as it looks”, was my first comment to Pip.
Imagine an incredible vegetarian pizza with dairy free cheese that actually doesn’t taste like sweaty feet. The dough! THE DOUGH! Give me MOD Pizza dough by itself and I’ll be a very happy man, but the toppings and cheese elevated it to another level.
MOD Pizza is a budget-friendly place to eat. You can choose the size of the pizza – a large is easy enough to share as we did – and the small pizza for kids usually ends up with some leftovers. Pricing for the quality of service and food is just right, in my opinion. The ordering system works well, food came out promptly, even though it was busy. Would we return? Yes, and have done quite a few times since our visit for vegan pizza. The kids love it and don’t take any convincing to go if they have the chance. We have some great places in the North East for Pizza (see our top recommendations for pizza in the North East) and MOD Pizza definitely needs added to the list.
Thanks for reading.