Last week, me and Jamie were very kindly invited down to MOD Pizza Leeds to come and try some of their freshly made Pizza. After absolutely stuffing myself full of all their delicious food, I thought I would tell you all about it.
MOD Pizza, which stands for Made On Demand, was started back in 2008 by a couple from Seattle, who wanted to create a place that as well as feeding their four hungry boys, also offered quality customisable food at the lowest possible price. As well as offering the best food at the lowest possible price, they also wanted to pay their staff as much as possible. It’s a fantastic concept, but would it work? It did, and after launching several restaurants in the USa, they’ve finally come to the UK.
Once we had made it to Leeds, we then had to get to Cardigan Fields, which is where we would find their beautiful store. The only trouble was that we had absolutely no clue how to get there, so we decided to use Uber for the very first time, which was actually rather cool. Once we had arrived, we quickly walked into MOD Pizza as we didn’t want to be late for our reservation. Once we walked in, we were greeted by the entire team. When ever anyone walks into the restaurant, the entire team, the MOD Squad, shout hello to you, which I thought was a really nice touch. We were then greeted by one of the lovely staff members, we said hi, and asked for Celise. Celise, was the wonderful lady who had invited us. We said hi to Celise, and just had a general chat, mainly about MOD Pizza, how it got started, how they make all their tasty food, and her favourite dishes on the menu.
We then said bye and went to find a table. We chose a table right next to a massive window that also had extremely comfy leather sofas. We then tried to choose what we wanted. While we were trying to choose what to order, I had a little look around. I really liked the whole look and feel of the restaurant. It has an extremely open plan American Diner kind of vibe, with massive comfy seats, massive windows, and loud music.
The way that MOD Pizza works is, you can either choose one of their already created combinations like the Dominic, Tristan, or Lucy Sunshine, and add or take away whatever you like, or you can just create your own amazing Pizza from scratch. If you go for the choose your own, you first choose your pizza sauce, which include Tomato, Garlic, and Barbecue. You then choose your Cheese, which include, Mozzarella, Feta, and even a Dairy Free option. You then choose which toppings you would like, which include, Pepperoni, Ground Beef, Grilled Chicken, Anchovies, Tomatoes, Artichokes, Pineapple, and Red Onion. Finally, you then choose what finish you would like, which include, Barbecue Swirl, Balsamic Fig Glaze, Pesto Drizzle, and Red Sauce Dollops. They then cook it to perfection and bring it straight to your table.
If you’re feeling healthy, they also offer a range of Salads, which include, Simple Salad, Caesar Salad, Deluxe Salad, or the MOD Salad, which is exactly like the choose your own Pizza, except it’s a Salad. They also offer Garlic Strips, which I guess is their form of a starter. This comes with your choice of dipping sauces, which include, Tomato, Barbecue, and Ranch. They also offer Cinnamon Strips, which I guess is their form of a dessert. This comes with either Strawberry sauce, Chocolate sauce, or Cinnamon glaze.
As well as all the incredible food, they also serve an array of fabulous drinks, which include, fresh in store made Lemonade, fresh hand spun Milkshakes, and self serve soda.
After much deliberation, we finally ordered. I went for the Caspian, which is Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Barbecue Chicken, Barbecue Sauce, and Red Onion, only I removed the Gorgonzola, and added Bacon, and Jamie ordered a choose your own with Dairy Free Cheese, Tomato Sauce, Chorizo, Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Cauliflower, Asparagus, Pineapple, Red Onion, and Peppers. We also ordered a plate of Garlic Strips to share. We both also decided to get a Milkshake, I got Strawberry, and Jamie being Jamie obviously got the Oreo one. God he’s addicted to Oreo’s haha!
I was extremely impressed. It only took them about five minutes to put our pizzas together and bring them to our table. I don’t know anyone who can create a fresh homemade pizza and cook it in under five minutes.
Oh my god! The Garlic Strips were out of this world, and absolutely full of Garlic. The best way I can describe the Garlic Strips would be, it’s essentially like when you order a Garlic Cheese Pizza from the takeaway, and cut it in to strips, except it’s much better. The dough was just crispy enough that I could hold it, but soft enough that it didn’t take me ages to eat it. As I said, the Garlic was extremely strong. It was so strong that i’m sure it could knock out an entire crowd from about a mile away.
My Pizza was incredible, and this is coming from someone who’s favourite food is Pizza, so I know good pizza when I taste it.
The base and crust were cooked to perfection. It was just crunchy enough that I could hold my slice of Pizza without it falling to pieces. The base itself was gorgeous. It was extremely doughy and chewy, but not to chewy that it got on my nerves. The perfect pizza base and crust.
The Cheese and Sauce went beautifully together, and neither overpowered one and other. The Cheese was just cooked enough that it left those little strings of Cheese whenever I took a bite.
The topping was delicious. The Chicken was cooked brilliantly and full of gorgeous Barbecue Sauce. It was so soft and tender. The Bacon wasn’t over cooked either, I like my Bacon to be chewy not crispy, and this was right up my street. The Red Onion was just cooked enough that it had just enough bite and flavour to it that it was just noticeable, I’m that strange person that absolutely loves eating raw Onion. The Barbecue Sauce Drizzle which was coating the entire topping was immense. It tasted so good, and I could tell that they had made it themselves. The entire Pizza was incredible, but there were two things I didn’t like. The first was that the Barbecue Sauce was gorgeous, but because it was all over the Pizza, every time I touched it, I got sauce everywhere, and because it’s so thick, I couldn’t just wipe it off. It’s a good thing I didn’t touch anything else as they would have needed the fire service to come prise me off, haha! The second thing I didn’t like is that even though the description of the Pizza was extremely good at telling me what was on the Pizza, it didn’t tell me that it also had Jalapenos on it. This wouldn’t have been a problem except, I hate anything spicy. Luckily it wasn’t that spicy, they just gave the pizza a little kick.
I did try a slice of Jamie’s which I have to say was incredibly tasty, which I didn’t think it would be. It was mainly because of all the different toppings he had added. Like mine, the base, crust, and sauce were amazing, but the real surprise was the Dairy Free Cheese. I couldn’t at all tell that it wasn’t real Cheese, and his mishmash of toppings actually worked rather well together. The meat like mine, was beautifully cooked, but who knew that Asparagus and Cauliflower works really well on a Pizza. I think it’s because they cooked them perfectly. They were cooked all the way through, but still had a bit of crunchiness to them. When I next order a Pizza, i’m definitely adding either Asparagus or Cauliflower.
My milkshake was extremely thick, creamy, and frothy. I could definitely tell that it had been hand spun in store, and it also had real Strawberries in it, which as restaurant milkshakes go is pretty rare. This was also pretty great for when the Jalapenos got a little too spicy. I did also try a little of Jamie’s which was basically a Vanilla Milkshake containing massive chunks of Oreo. I’m not a massive fan of chocolate in milkshakes, but I rather liked it.
After finishing our milkshakes, we both also ordered some of their fresh in house made Lemonade. I ordered the plain, and Jamie ordered the Strawberry Lemonade. Oh my god, this was so nice, but extremely sour. Usually when restaurants say they have a real Lemonade on the menu, it’s extremely weak and full of Sugar, but this was just like drinking pure Lemon juice. Jamie’s was also just like drinking pure Lemon juice, but because of the Strawberries, it had a nice sweet kick to it.
After we had finished all the food, we sat and chatted a little, and Jamie decided to get another drink. He decided to go for one of the self serve sodas. The way it works is, it’s a massive machine with a whole load of different drinks, some of which aren’t available in the UK, like Raspberry Fanta. Jamie decided to mix together Vanilla Coke, his favourite, and Cherry Oasis. It was actually rather nice, and this is coming from someone who can’t stand Vanilla Coke. It strangely had a kind of Bubblegum taste. I’m not sure either, but I rather liked it.
After finishing the rest of our drinks, and chatting for a little, we decided it was time to head off, so we said our goodbye’s and thank you’s and headed off into Leeds.
I loved the whole American vibe, and as i’ve already said, the food was out of this world. If you get a chance, I highly recommend you check out MOD Pizza, as you probably won’t find a better, or cheaper Pizza. By the way, all of their fantastic Pizzas only cost £7.49, which is an amazing deal, and if you don’t like your first one, you get a do over free of charge.
Have you checked out MOD Pizza? What did you think? What did you order? Please let me know down below.