Italian Restaurants in Manchester
1. San Carlo Italian restaurant in Manchester 40 King Street West - M3
“Overall good… but pricey” remains the verdict on this long-standing Italian – opened in 2004, and long renowned as one of the city-centre’s more glitzy haunts. It serves a menu of classic, traditional dishes.
2. Rosso Italian restaurant in Manchester 43 Spring Gardens - M2
Limited feedback this year on this glam Italian occupying one of the city-centre’s fine listed Victorian buildings. It’s well-known in these parts thanks to celeb owner, Rio Ferdinand.
3. San Carlo Cicchetti Italian restaurant in Manchester 42 King Street West - M3
A “vibrant atmosphere (especially good for a group)” helps underpin the appeal of these “glitzy and lively” spin-offs from the San Carlo national chain of glam Italians, whose most central branch – just off Piccadilly Circus – is decked out with “marble tables and stylish chandeliers”. “Very tasty small plates” that are inspired by Venetian “cicchetti” are “served speedily”. In late 2021, they are due to open a second Knightsbridge branch, just across the road from Harrods.
4. Sugo Italian restaurant in Manchester 46 Blossom Street - M4
The larger, warehouse-y Ancoats spin-off to the popular Altrincham original is “an exceptionally good place for dinner”, based on “the freshest, tastiest pasta you can imagine” and wine “served in delightful ceramic jugs” – “great fun” by all accounts.
5. The Spärrows Continental Pasta & Spätzle Swiss restaurant in Green Quarter 16 Red Bank - M4
Launched in 2019, this “German/Austrian-by-way-of-Japan and under-the-arches spot” near Victoria Station is well “worth the wait” (snagging a table in the pint-sized 12-seater being quite the effort) for its European pasta and dumplings, including in-house speciality spätzle alongside pierogi etc. Expect an eclectic experience that's “paired weirdly well with sake… then schnapps!”.
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