As Black Leaf flees the nest after the success of the Northern Quarter’s Alvarium, the laid-back cocktail bar has announced that a new foodie sensation will take over the kitchen – this time, Lazy Tony’s Lasagneria. A cult favorite among Italian food fans, Lazy Tony’s opened during lockdown to local acclaim, quickly expanding to the Foundation Coffee House for a summer pop-up. And now, after the popularity of their first NQ cafe catering pop-up last year, they’re taking their slabs to Alvarium.
Offering a menu of classic lasagna filled with beef, pork and pancetta, Lazy Tony’s has a hearty Italian offering, with not only your traditional slabs, but also vegan slabs filled with delicious plant-based alternatives. Keeping things fresh and modern, the talented chefs also frequently cook up a range of interesting specials, this week including steak and beer in a Newcastle Brown Ale beef sauce with Guinness bechamel. Other menu highlights include a variety of macaroni and cheese dishes, as well as stuffed sourdough subs, loaded fries, and mozzarella sticks.
Announcing the news via social media, Alvarium said: “From Friday 29th April we will welcome @lazytonyslasagneria in our restaurant downstairs.
“The Lazy Tony’s are eager for this opportunity and we are excited to bring them on board and see where we can take the Alvarium brand alongside their partnership.
“While we are sad to part ways with Black Leaf, our space has always been one that allows smaller brands to grow. Lazy Tony’s started in lockdown and immediately gained a big following. Every section of their menu offers both vegetarian and vegan options and, like us and Black Leaf, we strive to be something you know and love. We can’t wait to see what Black Leaf becomes in the future and what Lazy Tony’s Lasagneria has in store for us!
Black Leaf has confirmed that they will temporarily close their business while they refine their offering and find a whole new space to serve from.
Lazy Tony’s will open at Alvarium on Friday, April 29, however, it’s unclear how long their residency will last. Their existing ‘slab shack’ at Ancoats will be closed for the next two weeks as the team focus their efforts on their next venture, Little Dumplin Manchester. More on this soon…