happy dough lucky – nottingham

What’s better than pizza? Nothing.

A wise owl once told me “even shit pizza is good pizza”, and I have to say I agree.

Everyone has their favourite pizza chain. We’ve all had that feeling when you’re craving the Italian delicacy, so you lean on branches such as Pizza Express, Dominoes and Papa Johns to satisfying your cravings but often come up short. I adore pizza, but at the minute I’m not loving my options. To me, it has reached the point where all variants of pizzas from one branch taste the same.

I was in need of a new variant of a familiar feeling, I needed intriguing toppings, new wave presentation and less burnt dough. Which is why I decided to pop over to Happy Dough Lucky.

Happy-Dough-Lucky is a pop-up store in the Lacehouse Nottingham, though I’m hoping they’re here for a lot longer. Their journey began when travelling around Italy with nothing but a camera, backpack and a notepad. Their goal was to serve the public real, fresh Neapolitan pizza. So after 17 weeks and 5,700 miles they felt they were ready to deliver, and did they ever.

The food scene is Nottingham is like no other I have experienced, so to say that I had high expectations was an understatement.


We kicked it off with some dough-balls and chilli fries, cos what kind of meal is it if you don’t load up on carbs to start? Not the kind of meal I want to be a part of!

I really enjoyed the dough balls. They were flavoursome, puffy and soft in the middle, but they didn’t knock Pizza Express’ off the pedestal for me. They do however come a very close second and I will definitely be getting them again!

The chilli fries stole the show for me, just the right amount of spice to leave your palette craving more. I’d still give these a try if you’re not into spice, they’re not too intense but leave a beautiful blend of flavours to dance around on your palette until your highly anticipated main arrives.


I love nothing more than a veggie pizza, even when I ate meat I always opted for mine to be overflowing with veggies, I love a good crunch y’know?

I opted for a goats cheese and beetroot pizza, mainly because I was super intrigued on how the texture of beetroot would work. I’m also full pineapple pizza supporter, so another obscure pizza topping wouldn’t go amiss.

I loved it with the goats cheese, it gave me a sweet with savoury vibe that really hit the spot. I’m also one of those weirdos that enjoys the crust more than the actual pizza itself, and the dough wasn’t overly crispy which earned a big thumbs up from me!


I also had the pleasure of trying some Nutella pancakes with a fruity compote. I feel like you can’t really go wrong with pancakes, they are a man-made gift I will forever be thankful for. But what stole the show for me was the Coco Pop ice-cream. Wow. I loved it.

It was what dreams are made of, I could eat a litre tub of that alone. Trying these desserts was such an eye opener for me, I really didn’t think I would enjoy them as much as I did as I’m really not a chocolate pudding person!

So with that being said, I think you should definitely check out Happy Dough Lucky, and not just because they’re #1 in Nottingham for pizza (okay, maybe a little because of that) but because it is an overall great experience, from customer service to beautiful picture-worthy decor. I can’t wait to go back.

I was invited by Happy Dough Lucky to try their food for an honest review in return. All words and photography are my own.

1 Comment

  1. April 13, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    Now I am massively craving pizza!

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