There’s a new pizza place in town – literally… on Union Street! Mac’s Pizzeria opened up at the end of August on the first floor of the former Esslemont & Macintosh building. As a pizza-loving individual, I absolutely had to check it out!
WHAT IS MAC’S?
Mac’s is a new addition to the ever-growing McGinty’s Group. Serving freshly prepared, authentic Neapolitan style pizza – something Aberdeen has definitely been missing. Mac’s make their pizza’s in a bespoke pizza oven which is boasted in the open plan kitchen.
The Italian restaurant offers a selection of 6 starter’s and 10 pizza’s to chose from, enough to make you think but not too many options that will overwhelm you. From classic mozzarella and tomato to Mac’s signature with “blaggis” (a great combination of black pudding and haggis) there is something for everyone.
The restaurant seats up to 120 people and there is a small private booking area for special occasions. Be aware that you can only book a table here if you have a party of 6+. Anything smaller and you just have to chance your luck grabbing a seat!
The decor is quirky with fun paintings on the wall, lots of hanging lights and a very casual scooter hanging from the ceiling. Everything is a mixture of wood and metal accents which give it a very rustic feel.
“But Holly, what did you actually eat??” Well, let me tell you!
My brother decided to start us off by ordering some Garlic Infused Crostinis topped with Spicy Nduja sausage and mozzarella. I’m not going to lie, none of us truly knew what a crostini was but it turned out to be very bruschetta-like. They were a good way to kick off our Neapolitan feast.
As for Pizza, I opted for Number 4. Consisting of Mac’s specialty base, mozzarella, torn chicken, chestnut mushrooms and rosemary on a white sauce base with ricotta. Spot something different about that one? Yup, no tomato sauce. Pizza is obviously very known for having a tomato sauce base so I was very intrigued by the white sauce. It was a winner! The pizza base was cooked perfectly with just enough crunch on the edges and the white sauce and melted cheese gave it such a creamy, gooey taste. Highly recommend!
James and Dean chose the same and went for Number 7. Topped with mozzarella, torn chicken and nduja, this pizza is for the spice lovers. It was agreed that although this pizza had a kick to it, it could have been spicier. I’d recommend ordering a side of Nduja butter for an extra little burst of spice.
Last but not least is Ashleigh’s choice. She decided to go for the classic Number 1 pizza. A perfect blend of tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil this pizza does not disappoint. The flavours were balanced well and is great if you’re after a more simple option.
Despite our pretty long wait for our pizza Mac’s was brilliant. I think the wait was due to teething issues and the fact we rocked up at 6 pm on a Friday evening! The food was absolutely delicious. Not one of us could fault anything with our meal or the waitresses serving us.
I am keen to get back to Mac’s and try out some more delicious pizza options. I think James is too!
The only thing left to ask is – What Pizza are you going for?
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