Opened at the end of last year, cute little neighbourhood spot Les Deux Pizza Bar comes from the team behind Mughli and Evelyns.
Nigh impossible to miss, its little pink door and brightly coloured exterior certainly make it pop against its London road neighbours. Inside, it’s just as quirky.
Pink flamingo wallpaper, little wooden tables, and posters of Vogue pin-up girls help create a cosy but informal atmosphere. It’s a seemingly perfect place for the Cheshire set to enjoy a glass of wine and a gossip (which is exactly what the two ladies on the table next to us are doing).
As the name suggests, it’s pretty much all about pizza here. The kitchen prove and ferment their dough for 48 hours before cooking which makes it really airy and light, and have some really interesting and adventurous topping options going on.
Alongside a range of classic pizzas, there’s also a globally-inspired section on the menu with toppings like wagyu beef salami and salsa verde, or a pumpkin base with gorgonzola picante and beef n’duja.
It’s this, alongside a trio of more-than-temping stuffed burratas, that’s drawn us over to Alderley Edge from Manchester city centre mid-pandemic. Nothing is getting in the way of us eating truffle pizza.
The house red wine is pretty decent, but the dedicated margarita menu is even better. We opt for a well-balanced jalapeno concoction with just the right about of brininess and kick, and a surprisingly sweet little grapefruit and hibiscus number.
A burrata is getting done as a sharing starter, there’s no question about that. But there is some discussion as to which one to go for.
Ultimately the minced truffle wins out over pesto or n’duja – and we find a crisp and light pane carasau on the side is an ideal accompaniment. It could’ve maybe been a bit stodgy otherwise.
We also try the courgette tempura, which comes with a saffron dip. There’s more tempura batter than courgette to be honest which makes it a bit greasy, but the saffron dip has a bit of an edge that cuts through it.
Pizzas are very much on the light side, with a crisp rather than a fluffy base. Les Deux’s pizza oven happens to sit in the heart of the restaurant so we have the pleasure of watching them going into the flames and coming out all puffed up and charred.
I opt for the ‘Peachy’, a combination of poached peaches, speck ham, gorgonzola and lavender. It doesn’t come with any lavender on this occasion though, as it’s out of season and they can’t find a supplier.
With so many restaurants preaching seasonality nowadays, it’s good to see Les Deux being legitimate about it. The pizza’s good – it’s still got a strong flavour combination, but I can’t help but think how the lavender would take it to a whole new level. It could be a perfect summer pizza come June.
My partner in crime goes for the ‘Oh Elloooooo’ – a combination of sticky beef and truffle oil, mozzarella and parmesan on a tomato base.
This pizza, like quite a few on the world menu side, nods to co-founder Mathieu’s love of traditional Corsican cooking, which uses a lot of spices, mixes and marinades, and slow-cooked meats. The pieces of beef are quite hunky, which comes as a bit of a surprise, but they are quite lovely and soft.
Tempted by dessert, we finish with tiramisu and an affogato. Les Deux usually has a lemon meringue pie on, apparently a must-try, but it wasn’t available that night.
Their tiramisu, oddly, hasn’t got any booze in it. Apparently, it’s something to do with it being given to children, which I guess is fine and probably very Cheshire, but still, I can’t help thinking – isn’t the booze in tiramisu the best bit?
In spite of the teetotal tiramisu, we had a really lovely evening. That being said, we’re not sure it’s yet a destination pizza restaurant. We would, however, travel for the burrata.
Find Les Deux Pizza Bar at 7 London Rd, Alderley Edge, SK9 7JT.