A new pizzeria is coming to Didsbury Village, promising to be a “sanctuary for conscious thoughts” with its selection of yoga, holistic workshops and lectures.
Opening in the old Bourbon and Black unit at 704 Wilmslow Road, Shmoo Agaloo will serve organic and vegetarian wood-fired pizza from their home-made oven named ‘Carlo’.
Owner David Almarsoomi, aka Shmoo, said: “I’ve been searching high and low to see if there’s any fully vegetarian pizzeria that is organic and there’s not one that I can find in the UK in at the moment.
“It’s going to be a simple menu: we’re doing wood fired pizza, we’re doing pizza for vegans, there’s no meat on the premises.”
The idea for Shmoo Agaloo pizza first came about when yoga teacher David was searching for a new direction.
“When I need something I meditate, and I’ll ask the universe for the answer,” says David.
“I did that and said I need to do something new, and two days later I was at a festival in Wales… my mates were queuing up getting some pizza, and as soon as I took a bite, the penny dropped.”
“Thank God they were such lovely people… I got so excited and asked them loads of questions. They let me come and work a festival with them the week after and I got to learn the ropes.”
From there, David went and bought all the equipment to take Shmoo Agaloo out on the street food circiuts. And after a few years of trading at events and festivals across the country, he’s setting up his first permanent unit.
Inside, Shmoo Agaloo will be a “sanctuary for conscious thoughts, natural cooking practices and produce gifted from the Earth”, states their website, and pizza toppings will include the likes of pumpkin seeds, spinach, walnut, wild mushrooms, and courgettes. The menu will list around six different types of pizza with the option to choose your own toppings, and David hopes to keep the price point at around £7 to stay as inclusive as possible.
He added: “I don’t want to charge crazy prices. I’m not in it for the money, the community that I know that are going to be coming here, I don’t want to price them out. It’s not fair. So if I can get a balance where everyone is getting paid and I can pay the bills, then I’m happy.”
As well as wood-fired pizza, diners will be able to choose from a selection of salads and sides, including hummus and wood-fired bread. Dessert will be a saintly selection of home-made vegan cakes.
Visitors can also take part in David’s Kundalini yoga sessions taught on the first floor of the two storey building, with a special Sadhana session once a month from 5am to 7.30am.
Shmoo Agaloo is set to throw a four-day launch party from tomorrow (Thursday August 10), where guests will find live music from the likes of The Tribe on Thursday; Emma Ellis on Friday; and Alan Bitterman on Saturday.
For more information visit their Facebook Page here.