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”.
6. Piccolino Italian restaurant in Manchester 8 Clarence St - M2
2016 Review: A “stylish”, “light and airy” Italian brasserie, close to the Town Hall, which offers “consistently good food and drink”; it still “manages to be individual” despite being part of a chain.
7. Vapiano Italian restaurant in Manchester Unit 13 The Corn Exchange, Market Sq - M4
2017 Review: “Love the concept but it can be a scrum at the counters!” This global Italian fast-food franchise, (founded in Hamburg, with UK branches in Soho, Southwark and Fitzrovia) offers a food court format with salads, pizza or pasta prepared in front of you. It can be a bit of a bun-fight, but it’s cheap, and “the food quality is generally good”.
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