A few months back, we shared the news that the creative team behind Trof, Albert Hall and Gorilla had secured the old Swan Street MOT station in between the Northern Quarter and Ancoats with plans to transform it into a new late night food and drink venue. Now we’ve finally got our first glimpse at the venue’s new venture – Ramona, a Detroit-style pizzeria and bar.

Specialising in crispy, deep-dish pizzas that are rectangular in shape, Ramona is gearing up for delivery, pick-up and drive through orders when it debuts in the coming weeks. Its new garage home is rather apt considering the history of this particular type of pizza. Forged in (you guessed it) Detroit – the one-time car manufacturing hub of America – this speciality slice came about when a car mechanic asked a local pizzeria to make a pizza in an oil can. The result was the deep and decedent pizzas that Ramona will be specialising in – and you’ll soon be able to try one for yourself.

In addition, the venue also promises to house a margarita bar, beer garden, bakery, coffee counter and stage for live performance. Those who just can’t wait to find out more should head on over to the Ramona Instagram page, as word has it their team are looking for a batch of pizza tasters to help refine and perfect their offering over the next few weeks. When it comes to flavours, expect all the classics like pepperoni and margherita, alongside a few bespoke bakes featuring sauces that have been made in-house. Learn more by visiting the Ramona website below.

Thu 14 Jan, Ramona,
Swan Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester City Centre

Simon Bland
Published on:
Thu 14 Jan 2021