Manchester pizza legends Nell’s confirm plans to take over former Croma site

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Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 10th April 2024

The team behind local pizzeria Nell’s have confirmed plans to take over the former Croma site in Manchester city centre.

Famed for their enormous 22-inch pizzas, cooked on New York-style crusts that don’t collapse down your arms, Nell’s is the brainchild of the founders of Common and The Beagle.

Since launching inside the kitchens of Common in the Northern Quarter, Nell’s has become something of a household name and now has a large restaurant at Kampus too.

And now they’re moving into one of the most glaringly vacant sites in the city centre, promising to transform the former Croma restaurant.

Croma had long been a family favourite Italian restaurant (and still is with its remaining sites in Chorlton and Prestwich) but suddenly shut down its city centre site in 2022.


The beautiful space on Clarence Street, just off Albert Square, has been vacant for more than two years.

In that time, Piccolino Caffé Grande has undergone a refurb, a huge Malmaison hotel has opened next door, and Albert Square itself is still… well, still covered in scaffolding.


A planning application has now been submitted by A Place Called Common to turn the old Croma restaurant into a Nell’s pizza joint.

You can expect their usual menu of 22″ pizzas and 14″ slices, plus ice cream sandwiches, cocktails and beers.

This will mark the fourth location for Nell’s, which currently operates from Common on Edge Street, The Beagle in Chorlton, and Kampus.

Nell’s on Clarence Street is set to open this autumn.

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