At the weekend Rob and I went down to the new branch of MOD Pizza which has opened up down at the marina in Brighton. I’d never been before so I didn’t know what to expect – all I knew was that you had free reign over the toppings you could add to your pizza but I was worried I’d go crazy with pizza power and add everything on offer and it’d end up tasting like snozcumbers (can you tell I’ve been listening to a BFG audiobook recently?).
Thankfully, I didn’t need to worry. There was a menu of set pizza toppings that you could choose from, or you could go for broke. I decided to do something in between the two, taking inspiration from a pizza on the specials’ board and adapting as I went.
I’d describe MOD Pizza as the Subway of the pizza world. You’re faced with a conveyor belt-type counter of toppings and your server moves your base along each of the stations, asking which bits you’d like. The best thing I noticed straight away was that my gluten-free base was the same size as the normal bases. This hardly ever happens – I normally pay more for the privilege of a gluten-free base and get one that’s a good two or three inches smaller. I’m happy to say that at MOD pizza, it only costs £2 more for a gluten-free base and it’s a decent size.
I chose a tomato base topped with cheese, bacon, artichoke, feta, olives, sweetcorn, tomatoes, jalapenos and basil: yep, I didn’t hold back, but I was confident my choices would compliment each other nicely. I wasn’t wrong. The base was really thin and crispy and tasted just like a normal base. In my experience, some gluten-free bases can end up a bit rubbery and chewy, but I honestly wouldn’t have known this was not gluten-free.
It was super fast service too, I think we were probably only sat down for about five minutes and our pizzas were ready – so we were in and out of the building within about 45 minutes. I couldn’t manage all of mine so I grabbed a takeaway box, which were all available on the counter, to take the other half home with me as leftovers too.
If you’re in the area, go check it out – it’s cheap and cheerful – but a good contender if you’re after a gluten-free pizza on a limited budget.
I was invited to review MOD Pizza but all opinions are my own.