words by Courtney O’Grady
Mac’s Pizzeria is located on the first floor of the former Esslemont and Mackintosh building on Union Street.
This casual, open eating space is dressed in natural textures and atmospheric lighting, but the star of this show is the monstrous bespoke pizza oven that is on fiery display in one corner, turning out fresh, Neapolitan style pizzas every sixty seconds.
We visited on a Wednesday night, and the crowd made it clear how much this city needed a casual but authentic pizza restaurant. The menu is deliciously simple – a handful of starters and sides, and a selection of fresh, thin-crust pizzas topped with gourmet ingredients at an incredibly reasonable price.
To begin, we tried the garlic infused crostini, topped with plum tomatoes and the freshest pesto I’ve ever tasted. I created my own pizza, starting with the tomato base and adding a host of fresh toppings including artichokes, olives and chestnut mushrooms.
My daughter was more adventurous, taking a vegetable-laden base and adding Mac’s nduja spicy sausage, which apparently packs a real punch.
There are some great options for meat lovers, like the blaggis (black pudding and haggis), and vegan cheese for those at the other end of the spectrum. Whatever your taste, Mac’s has a pizza for you.