The guys figure Preston has enough casual eateries so, despite its name, Takeaway Pizza is first and foremost about the drinks. To ensure things are top-notch, bartender Julian Brown (ex-Milk & Honey, London) has joined the team as bar manager, designing a cocktail menu that’s fun, fresh and casual. He’s been experimenting with a selection of homemade syrups and liqueurs — including a hibiscus and raspberry mix — for the past few months, which forms the basis of the list.
Brown has also curated a wine list that focuses on fresh, approachable and tasty drops. A selection of beer and cider will be readily available, again chosen by Brown in collaboration with Goldblatt and the Peasnells. “We’re looking for that American style of drink, but keeping in mind that pizza is also Italian, so we’ve tried to tie in the two flavours, which kind of meet in New York,” says head chef and co-owner Adam Goldblatt.
To pair with the drinks, there are a selection of bar snacks including chilli dogs, pizza pockets, fried olives, oysters and of course, a rotating selection of four pizzas available by the slice. You can always grab a piece of margherita or salami, with a daily 22-inch vegetarian and meat option available as well. Expect the unexpected for these specials; Goldblatt will be experimenting with non-traditional toppings, something he learned during his time at Homeslice. “They started using things like goat, beef cheek and ox tongue and the flavours translated — but instead of eating it off a plate you eat it on a slice,” he says. For traditionalists, cold cuts of salami, prosciutto and smoked ham will also make an appearance, allowing Goldblatt to make use of the two massive smokers in the kitchen.
Moving away from its older sibling, Takeaway Pizza will also serve a selection of vegetarian options, including an epic chilli dog. “We were looking for a poster item — kind of like we did with our meat doughnuts across the road — and we’ve come up with these little chilli dogs. Because Dexter is so aggressively meat focused, we wanted to have more of a 50/50 split here,” says Adam.
While there are certainly elements of Dexter to be found at Takeaway Pizza (including the majority of the venue’s smokers) don’t expect to find the same shtick here — it’s very much its own entity and that’s exactly how the guys want it: “We’ll leave Dexter doing its thing and hopefully Takeaway Pizza can create its own little niche,” says Sam.
CHEF’S PICK: FIVE THINGS TO ORDER
So what should you order? Goldblatt has spent months on this menu, so we thought he’d be the best person to ask. Here are five pick from the Takeaway Pizza menu.