OK I know this is a fitness blog, and pizza isn't always the healthiest choice, but you guys know I'm allllll about balance right? So indulge me. I definitely indulged myself the other night, that's for sure :)
When I got an invite to try out new Brighton restaurant MOD Pizza last Saturday I obviously jumped at the chance for some epic pre-long run fuelling. Situated down at the Marina, underneath the block of brand new (and no doubt unaffordable) flats that have just been finished, MOD offers a casual and comfy setting within which to stuff one's face.
|Tess Vangley eh... that's a new one|
Brighton's full of amazing restaurants, and is of course no stranger to pizzerias - with little indie outfits popping up all over the place, and plenty of wood-fired pizza vans lining the city streets on weekday evenings - you can pretty much get your pepperoni fix from wherever, whenever these days.
MOD is a wee bit different though, I have to say.
If I said it's like Subway for pizza, you'd know what I mean, right? There's a menu to go from but you can basically add as many toppings as you like for one price - £7.47, or go completely mental and make your own concoction.
If you want a double thin crust with a layer of cheese, pesto and tomato sauce sandwiched between the dough, you can have that and as many toppings as you like for £10.47.
I know. It's obscene.
I had a Sunday long run to fuel for and Chris got the double crust so I got jealous and changed mine for the same when I clocked his being made. I get massive FOMO with food, anyone who's eaten out with me will understand this.
I had the Seasonal MOD, which was pesto, rocket, mozzarella, bacon, artichoke jalapeno and feta, and I added pepperoni to it because I can't live without pepperoni on my pizza. Chris had the Mad Dog and added some bits to it but I was too busy salivating over mine to notice what.
As well as the freshly made-to-order pizza there's this amazing thin cheesy garlic bread which we basically destroyed in seconds, and a range of good ales, wines, soft drinks and what looks like slush puppies (on free refill I think - I didn't ask) to wash it down with.
MOD's offering is simple. There are no starters and the only 'pudding' type thing is a cinnamon version of the thin cheesy garlic bread which I must try on my next visit because everyone knows cinnamon is the absolute tits. They call your name out when your food's ready and you help yourself to drinks and cutlery.
It's comfy, casual, bright and (I hate this fucking word) - very modern. You can tell it's a chain, but that's OK.
There's colouring in for the kids and it'd make a great pre or post-cinema or bowling bite to eat at the Marina. Would also be nice after a few drinks next door at Spoons if you fancy something that's not just come out of the freezer straight into the microwave.
You'll find another MOD in Leeds that's already open, and one in Leicester Square and Newcastle opening soon.
Find out more about MOD Pizza at modpizza.co.uk
Oh, and in case you're wondering... I had a lovely long run by the way - fuelled by pizza :)
What's your favourite food to eat out?