If you want to enjoy real, Napoli-style pizza, check out the positive vibes at Happy Dough Lucky in the heart of Hockley. After starting out as a pop-up restaurant for an initial twelve-week run at The Lace House in January 2018, they’re still there, and word on the street is that they’ll be sticking around until at least the end of March; something my pizza-loving belly is happy to hear.
Owner Sach and his team voyaged across the world before starting this venture, developing their eclectic array of toppings in Turkey and Morocco, before learning how to perfect their dough in Naples, Italy – the birthplace of pizza.
As someone who usually goes for the classic Margherita, I tend to judge a pizza place on how it handles the classics. But Sach convinced me to steer away from my usual and try the goat’s cheese with apple and thyme.
And I’m glad he did, because it was amazing. The experience was like eating a pizza, Sunday lunch and dessert all in one go. The tart yet sweet apples balanced with thyme and cheese gave a piquant taste that I won’t forget, made all the better by the best garlic dough balls I have ever had.
When developing their menu, the team stick to real fior di latte cheese, which they import from Naples weekly. It’s in this approach that Happy Dough Lucky really excels, developing a depth of authentic flavour combinations and colour palettes that really sets them apart. Their latest menu also reveals an ability to adapt to the season, including new pizzas like nduja, roquito peppers, chilli and rocket, as well as a lemon roasted broccoli, friarielli and garlic mushrooms. Grab a slice of the action.
The Lacehouse, 14 Broadway, NG1 1PS