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These cousins are making authentic wood-fired pizzas from a back garden in Bolton

Cugini’s has been selling out every single week

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Three cousins have teamed up to make and deliver authentic wood-fired pizzas from a back garden in Bolton.

I never thought I’d use the words Bolton and ‘authentic wood-fired pizzas’ in the same sentence, but these lads are truly pulling out all the stops.

Conor, Callum and Dino were all born and bred in Bolton but, during last year’s pandemic, they decided to get back in touch with their Italian heritage in the form of pizza making.

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It also helps that their grandad – who moved to Bolton from Italy in the 1960s – actually opened up one of the city’s first ever Italian restaurants, Salvatore’s, which is now Casa Nostra in Westhoughton.

So you could say this pizza-making business is in their blood.

Anyway, because they had nothing else to do with their time – you know, when the whole country was locked down and that – the trio took advantage of their auntie’s garden and hand built their very own stone pizza oven.

Their grandad had a huge impact on their culinary influences, and their love of pizza combined with their new pizza oven encouraged them to begin an official takeaway business in January.

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And thus, Cugini – translated to ‘cousin’ – was born.

Their toppings vary, ranging from pepperoni to more adventurous additions such as nduya. Though they have blended their two heritages with a special patatine pizza – loosely translated to ‘chips on pizza,’ and their ‘sausage and spuds’ pizza. It doesn’t get any more Bolton than that, does it? 

Cugini opens every Saturday and has proven to be a hit with locals, with their pizzas selling out every single week. To keep things simple, the boys take their orders via direct message on Facebook and Instagram

You can book your slot in the links above.

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Manchester bar named one of the best rooftop bars in Europe

Very well deserved!

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Manchester’s very own 20 Stories has been named as one of the best rooftop bars in the whole of Europe.

Opening its doors back in 2018, 20 Stories is perched on the twentieth floor of the NO.1 building in Spinningfields (so that’s where their name comes from…) and is Manchester’s tallest restaurant – despite technically being three storeys below the Cloud 23 bar in Beetham Tower.

The D&D-owned bar is estimated to be about one metre higher, and boasts gorgeous panoramic views of the city’s skyline and beyond.

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On clear days, guests can even see all the way out to the Peak District from the elusive roof terrace – so, obviously, it’s going to make the cut for a list of the best rooftop bars, isn’t it?

The ranking was put together by travel guide Big 7 Travel, who analysing online reviews from Google, TripAdvisor, and previous media coverage.

In the fifty-strong list, 20 Stories came in nineteenth place, beating other contenders from desirable locations such as Oslo, Berlin, Prague and Ibiza. 

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Big 7 Travel said about the venue: “The rooftop terrace has fast become one of the must-be places in the city: it has has trees scaling two stories high and an outdoor lounge bar serving cocktails and craft beers.”

However, 20 Stories was beaten to the top spot by The Culpeper in London, which was crowned number one in all of Europe. Damn it.

Over the years, 20 Stories has become famed for its fancy cocktail menu, which includes original and local creations such as the ‘Champagne Supernova’, the ‘Manchester Gin Negroni’ and the ‘Manchester Tart Punch.’

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It also runs an indoor restaurant up on the terrace, though it was forced to close for three days this week after a Covid-19 outbreak among staff members.

Click here to see the full list and all it’s wonderful contenders.

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Huge, saucy Neapolitan sandwiches have arrived in Manchester and they look so good

Move over pizza, there’s a new Neapolitan classic in town…

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Just when you thought Manchester’s Neapolitan food scene couldn’t get any better, saucy sandwiches from the heart of Naples have arrived in the city.

MIRA, the latest pop up to grace Manchester’s streets, have set up shop at Ancoats’ popular pub, The Crown & Kettle, where they will be dishing out delicious butties every Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm ‘till it’s gone.

Their first ever weekend last month was a complete sell-out, so they must be doing something right.

The menu offers just three staple Neapolitan options – the Diego, the Balls and the Juicy ‘Gine.

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First up: The Diego. Named presumably after Argentine footballer, Diego Maradona, who features heavily on the MIRA Instagram page, this hearty creation is loaded with Genovese stew – a highly popular dish in Naples consisting of beef brisket, salumi and onions.

Next, we have the classic, The Balls. I mean, it says it in the name, doesn’t it? This sandwich is loaded with twelve-hour slow-cooked beef and pork meatballs coated in a traditional Neapolitan ragu. The filling is then paired with Fior Di Latte mozzarella and basil – Italian perfection.

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And last but certainly not least, is the vegan Juicy ‘Gine, a meat-free butty filled with smoky aubergine parmigiana alongside MIRA’s own cashew cheese, aubergines, fresh basil and pine nuts – a concoction that both meat-eaters and veggies and vegans will love.

To find out where you can get your mitts on one of these colossal butties and to stay updated with their whereabouts, you can follow MIRA’s Instagram page here.

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People are making Biscoff iced lattes and they look perfect for this heatwave

Just when we thought Biscoff couldn’t get any better

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A Biscoff iced latte is now a thing, so you all need to stop what you’re doing and make one immediately.

Biscoff has boomed in popularity in recent years – what was once the random little biscuit you’d get free with your coffee is now a cultural phenomenon.

These days, Biscoff is just as famous for its delicious smooth and crunchy spreads as it is for its original biscuits. You can also buy Biscoff sauce, Biscoff ice cream and Biscoff and Go pots. It’s a great time to be alive.

The brand has also partnered with food giants such as KitKat and Krispy Kreme to offer an even wider range of delicious Biscoff products.

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But now, people’s dedication to the delicious biscuit has been taken one step further with a tantalising recipe for a homemade Biscoff iced latte.

As the heatwave continues to grip the nation, this ingenious concoction will make for the perfect summer treat.

As a TikTok video by Melinda’s Homemade Cafe demonstrates, all you need to do is brew your espresso coffee, microwave your Biscoff spread for around ten seconds to warm it up and give it the right consistency, and then add the hot espresso to the Biscoff mixture and give it a good stir so they melt together.

After that, add a healthy amount of ice to cool the drink alongside a milk or cream of your choice.

And if you’re feeling really fancy you can top with whipped cream and crumbled Biscoff biscuit, too.

There have been tons of variations of methods on how to perfect the Biscoff iced latte on the app, though I have to say, they all look equally delicious. 

And this isn’t the only Biscoff trend circulating the internet these days – last month, we reported that a Biscoff air freshener had hit the shelves.

Described as ‘sweet, indulgent and totally divine’, the caramelised biscuit fragrance is packed with notes of lemon rind alongside warming notes of ginger, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and nutmeg – or just Biscoff, to the rest of us.

What else will be born from our love of Biscoff? 

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