Fatto a Mano, recently ranked as the 16th best restaurant in Brighton at the Brighton’s Best Restaurants awards, serves up some of the best Neapolitan pizza in town.
Fatto a Mano have just launched their new menu, as well as options for a gluten-free base and vegan mozzarella, and we were invited down to check it out.
Their vegan mozzarella is actually made from 100% organic, whole rice flour from Lombardy and has been described as the “holy grail of pizza toppings” by the Guardian.
The team have spent months trying out different flours and vegan cheeses, to get as close to the real deal as possible. The flour for their gluten-free bases is made from rice, potato, soy flour and starches, and comes from Caputo, a third-generation family run business, which also supplies Fatto a Mano with their regular flour.
We ordered the Vegana, with tomato, fried courgettes, caramelised red onion, and pesto, and were both impressed with the vegan mozzarella on top. You can see from the photo below that the ‘cheese’ doesn’t melt and spread like traditional mozzarella, but the texture was pretty similar and there was a smooth, subtle flavour to it. Is it as good as real mozzarella? No. But it’s definitely a solid, vegan friendly alternative.
For our gluten-free pizza, we went for the new Nduja, with spicy minced pork, tomato, roasted peppers, mozzarella, basil, and parmesan. The elasticity of the dough was one of the major issues during Fatto a Mano’s testing, but the flour they’ve settled on seems to allow them to get the dough to the right size and shape pretty easily.
The gluten-free base is definitely heavier than the standard base, and will fill you up a lot quicker as a result. So much so, that I’d recommend sharing one, and splashing out on more starters and sides (like the deeeeeelicious Caprese). The flavour of the dough itself was really nice, and Mrs. Scoffers actually preferred it to the standard base. You can taste the rice flour, but it’s subtle, and doesn’t overpower the toppings.
Fatto a Mano haven’t stopped at gluten-free pizza, they’ve also added an organic gluten-free beer to the menu! I love my beer, so was keen to try it out, and was pleasantly surprised! It’s light, fruity, and easy to drink. I prefer darker beers but it’s a great option for anyone who likes light lagers and blonde beers, regardless of whether you’re gluten-free or not.
As a big fan of gluten and cheese, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy these pizzas as much as I did. They don’t match up to the real deal, but Fatto a Mano has invested a lot of time and effort into having a restaurant everyone can eat in, and if you’re GF or vegan, you won’t be disappointed.
All pizzas on the menu are now available with a gluten-free base and vegan mozzarella.
Visit their website for menu and more info: