On a clammy May evening, my friend and I decided to walk up the bank to Hanley. I wanted to let the fuss die down before sampling Stoke-on-Trent's newest pizza establishment. If you've not heard of it, I'm talking about Klay. I have slowly watched the building come to life and it's fair to say it's a brilliant place to eat. The centrepiece is of course the wood fired oven, but the owners have built a tidy little place to eat that retains many of the building's original features. I always find you never get bored of talking about the old fixtures and fittings.
The menu is a mix of what I'd describe as classics and modern classics, I went for a modern classic, the eggs benedict pizza. My friend decided to go for the original margarita, there was an ample choice for extras and sides too. The drinks menu is also great, with a good selection of craft beers, wine and soft drinks. The in-house specials are the Brooklyn Beers, they are very good, light and clean. Unfortunately, there were no desserts and I just love a dessert.
I've eaten pizza all over the world, and it's fair to say that the Klay team produce very good pizzas. The base wasn't too heavy, although I do prefer my pizza on the thin side, it was still crispy and made fresh to order. It was very hot, I love my pizza piping hot, literally chuck it on my lap straight from the oven. The pizza sauce was sweet and not too acidic, which leads me to believe they really did their research when choosing the ingredients. Once you've had a wood fired, oven baked pizza, you'll never look at those 12" discs of deliciousness the same.
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