27th August, 2021
With a growing number of local, family run eateries expanding to MediaCityUK it’s no surprise that the latest ‘one to watch’ independent to pop-up at MediaCityUK this summer is the deliciously creative Bada Bing Sandwich Deli.
Inspired by cult TV drama the Sopranos, co-founders Sam Gormally and Meg Lingenfelter, who binge watched the show during lockdown, launched Bada Bing over six months ago to give them something to do while on furlough from their regular jobs in hospitality.
After quietly tweaking and developing a small but ingredient packed range of New York Italian style sandwiches from the couple’s home in the Northern Quarter they started to serve their hit hoagies featuring US deli-style meats and cheeses, from a redundant kitchen in Piccadilly. They quickly gained a legion of fans and acclaim on social media and as demand grew the pair made Ancoats General Store Bada’s permanent residency in July.
Their signature sub ‘The Bing’, features gabagool, pistachio mortadella, Napoli salami, Ventricina salami, sharp provolone, tomato, lettuce, red onion, giardiniera and mayonnaise while the Silvio, Muffuletta, Pollo Verde and Badabahn promise to not disappoint, filled with mouth-watering combinations of meats, cheese, relish and sauces as well as an abundance of fresh ingredients and there’s a veggie option too.
Sam and Meg are evolving the offer to create a quirky selection of ice creams including brown butter and pecan, raspberry and pink peppercorn which will also be available at the MediaCityUK pop-up.
The ‘Bing-Mobile’ will be on MediaCityUK’s Piazza from Friday, 27 August and then from Thursday to Sunday from midday to 4pm (or when they sell out) to serve visitors, workers and residents.
Sam said: “We’re really excited to bring our Bada Bing concept to a new audience at MediaCity. Ancoats is our birthplace, so it’s great to be spreading our wings to a totally new location and customers. This time last year, while we watching all those episodes of the Sopranos, we never imagined we’d be serving up our creations in the heart of MediaCity. We’ve had a few dramas along the way but we’re now entering a really exciting phase.”
Josie Cahill, MediaCityUK Place Director said: “Over the past 12 months a number of independents have successfully launched at MediaCity and we’re delighted that Bada Bing will be on the Piazza, right opposite the BBC and dock10 studios to provide a delicious take-out option for those enjoying Summer at MediaCity.
“There’s plenty going on from all the free ‘Summer of Play’ initiatives for families to enjoy as well as the Quays Culture Art installations by the waterside (from 14th August) to ITV’s immersive ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ attraction at the Quayside MediaCity shopping mall and of course our outdoors hospitality concept continues to be popular.”
Follow Bada Bing on @badabingsandwichdeli