(Gifted) Y Dough Pizza is the new venture of Gastro Pub The Tailors Arms in Wilford. Serving 12″ handcrafted sourdough pizzas, they offer delivery within a 10 minute drive of the pub, or you can click and collect directly from their website. Their pizzas are all named after tiers (pretty apt for 2020/21). With the industry taking a huge hit over the last 12 months, pubs are looking at new ventures to keep customers engaged and keep money coming in.
Why Y Dough?
The idea isn’t a new one, Theo who runs the pub with his brother-in-law Nick helped create a Neopolitan pizza concept in Liverpool called Crust. When Theo left Liverpool the idea stayed with him, although Theo and Nick first opened the amazing Greek restaurant Cuzina in West Bridgford and Tailors Arms in Wilford. When lockdown hit and both restaurants were forced to close, the concept of Y Dough Pizza was bought forward.
The pizza dough is made from scratch and all ingredients are imported directly from Italy. Everything from the flour, to yeast to the cheese is shipped over to create truly authentic pizzas right here in Nottingham. Real truffle is sourced from their own truffle pigs (I’m joking on this, but it wouldn’t surprise me with the effort Y Dough have gone to!) and they only use the best Fior di Latte mozzarella too.
So on to the review….
Collecting Y Dough Pizza
Y Dough pizza have a separate collection point in the car park of Tailors Arms. The ‘drive thru’ idea is fabulous, you don’t need to leave your car. You give your registration plate at time of ordering, park up in the Tailors Arms car park and when your pizza is ready they will bring it out to you. It minimizes contact (hello Covid) and means you don’t need to wait in the cold either. You can also have your pizza delivered within a 10 minute radius. I live precisely 12 minutes from the venue (on a good day with no traffic) so I chose to collect. Y Dough want to ensure that your food arrives as it’s intended which is why there’s a smaller than usual delivery radius. No one wants soggy pizza! I must say that even though my drive took 12 minutes, the pizza’s were perfect on arrival. The only thing that went a little soggy were the chips.
They have a full pizza and sides menu, and also two dessert options. A Nutella pizza which you can add strawberries or banana too, and cinnamon knots. We didn’t order dessert as two pizzas, garlic bread and fries was plenty for the two of us. However next time I am ordering the cinnamon knots without fail!
My Y Dough Order
I ordered the ‘Tier 4’ Spicy ‘Nduja, pepperoni, fresh chilli, San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte mozzarella, without the mozzarella. The pizza was absolutely delicious. The base was crispy and fluffy in equal measure. A real proper Italian pizza, the likes of which I have barely had since visiting the country yonks ago. The chilli was HOT, there’s no doubt about that. So hot that I genuinely can’t believe I finished the pizza! The ‘nduja and pepperoni were full of flavour and there was a goof helping of tomato too. The one thing that really annoys me about having a cheeseless pizza is that a lot of places will scrimp on the tomato base. This usually means that the pizza is too dry… not this time! I inhaled this so quickly and will gladly order again. I know that cheese lovers will look at my pizza and think ‘ugh’ but honestly, it was delicious. It had just the right about of topping to tingle but not remove tastebuds!
Eleanor ordered the ‘Tier 8’ Parma ham, buffalo mozzarella, rocket, cherry tomatoes, fior di latte mozzarella. The base groaned under the weight of all the toppings, the chef had been generous. There was stacks of parma ham and cherry tomatoes and it was covered in gooey mozzarella. This is one of the first times I have wanted to try Eleanors pizza. I decided against it as I think she may have killed me in my sleep. She said it was absolutely delicious.
We also ordered a size of garlic bread that tormented me on the drive home. The buttery, garlicky smell wafted from the passenger seat. It took all of my willpower not to pull over at the BBC roundabout and shove my face in it! The dough was lovely and spongy and was literally dripping in garlic. The best way.
As I said above, the only thing that didn’t really travel well was the chips, which is no surprise. I think that fries are never going to be as good as when they are first cooked. To be honest unless you live in the immediate area I would maybe skip these. Or chuck them in the oven for a couple of minutes when you get home to crisp them up.
Y Dough Pizzas are the bomb. There’s no other way to say it. The dough is a delight and although the menu is small I still debated for about half an hour on what toppings to choose. This isn’t your typical takeaway pizza, this is well thought out, deliciously fresh ingredients, prepared with care. If you are looking for delicious Italian food you’ve come to the right place. Make sure you order the garlic bread!
Y Dough is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4.30pm to 8.30pm, Friday and Saturday 4.30pm to 9pm, and Sunday 4pm to 9pm.
*I was gifted my food in exchange for an honest review.