Italian Restaurants in Greater Manchester
1. San Carlo Italian restaurant in Manchester 40 King Street West - M3
“A see-and-be-seen venue” – this “vibrant and longstanding Italian” is one of the most successful in the national chain and one of the city-centre’s key “glitzy” haunts. But whereas fans praise “great food, it at footballer prices”, mere mortals can feel ignored: “staff are disinterested unless your face fits (i.e. you’re a footballer or some other celeb!”).
2. Sugo Italian restaurant in Altrincham 22 Shaw's Rd, Altrincham - WA14
“Home-style Italian dishes that are plentiful and utterly delicious” (“they regularly change the menu”) have carved a major name for this small, family-run venture near Altrincham Market, which also benefits from its “chatty and informed served”. “They have not got too big and arrogant – even though they have expanded to two sites now they have kept the quality, and I know as it’s two minutes from my house!”
3. San Carlo Cicchetti Italian restaurant in Manchester 42 King Street West - M3
With its menu of quality Venetian tapas, this bright city-centre staple (on the ground floor of Kendal’s the department store, but with its own entrance) wins consistently good feedback from reporters. Those who find its glam namesake a bit snotty say “the service especially is miles better here than at its bigger sibling nearby”.
4. Sugo Italian restaurant in Manchester 46 Blossom Street - M4
“Extremely authentic pasta from Puglia” (“you smell how fantastic it is going to be”) has been successfully duplicated from the Altrincham original at this larger Ancoats spin-off, where “the wine is great value, served in painted jugs”. “The minus has got to be the huge warehouse-y, new-build space, which is of a type that’s abundant in Manchester, but cold and samey”.
5. Rosso Italian restaurant in Manchester 43 Spring Gardens - M2
Going strong for a decade and looking good after a revamp – Rio Ferdinand’s glossy Italian restaurant and cocktail bar in a “lovely listed building” with twin domed ceilings is rated well across the board for its “exceptional atmosphere” and “great food”.
7. Rosa Italian restaurant in Bolton 646 Manchester Road - BL5
Opened by two local lads, Rosa aims to be the 'high-end' Italian that they were always searching the area for. It's housed in a former police station.
8. Gino D'Acampo My Restaurant Italian restaurant in Manchester Unit 11 Corn Exchange - M4
Flamboyant TV chef Gino has opened his own line of Milanese restaurants; other branches can be found in London (Camden and Euston), Harrogate, Hull, two in Leeds and Liverpool.
9. The Sparrows Swiss restaurant in Manchester Unit 3, Mirabel Street - M3
In a converted railway arch near Victoria Station – opposite the now-sadly-defunct Umezushi – this little 12-seater specialises in different varieties of pasta and dumplings from all over Europe: many of course of Italian inspiration, but including, for example, Polish pierogi. It opened after the survey had started in April 2019 – too late for feedback – but the word on the street is that it’s very good.
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