If you had to choose one meal to eat for the rest of your life, it’d be pizza wouldn’t it? Doughy ones, crispy ones, volcanically hot, fresh ones or fridge-chilled, congealed ones left over from last night. Can you remember ever being offered a slice of pizza and saying, “Nah, don’t fancy it”? Of course not, because that wouldn’t happen. You always fancy pizza. Pizza is amazing.
So now that you’ve committed to your daily pizza diet, you need to work out the logistics. The selection of perfectly circular flour-water-yeast discs at your local supermarket will cover the staples – your pepperonis, your margaritas, your meat feasts. And there are plenty of takeaways that can sort you out with a humongous, cheese-soaked wagon wheel in the middle of the night when you find the fridge-freezer bare.
But sometimes a standard shop-bought pizza won’t do. Sometimes, you need something spectacular, something that presents you with entirely new possibilities of what a pizza can be. Hello, Nether Edge Pizza Company.
For starters, the wood fired bases these guys craft in their pizzeria and mobile kitchen meet the crucial standard set by Mark Corrigan in Peep Show: “slightly asymmetrical, which I find denotes quality.” But the test of any great pizza is its toppings and Nether Edge Pizza Company are committed to breaking down traditional pizza/not-pizza boundaries. (“Who ordered the duck, spring onion, cucumber and plum sauce 10-inch?”)
The best thing, though, is that you almost never need to go out of your way to source a Nether Edge Pizza Company pizza; they’ll find you. Their wood fired oven-on-wheels has become a standard fixture at Sheffield’s best-loved outdoor events. Should you ever need to seek out Nether Edge Pizza Company though, their regular haunts include Norfolk Arms (8 Penistone Road, S35 8QG) on Wednesdays, The Horse and Jockey (250 Wadsley Lane, S6 4EF) on Thursdays, and The Greystones (Greystones Road, S11 7BS) on Fridays. They also now have their own pizzeria in Kelham Island, open every Thursday to Saturday and conveniently sharing a courtyard with Peddler street food market once a month.
Reassuringly, the team is also available to hire for the whole weddings/birthdays/bar mitzva shebang, so the perfect pizza is only ever a phone call away.
- Words by
- Robert Cooke
- Images by
- Nigel Barker