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!”.
6. The Creameries Italian restaurant in Manchester 406 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton - M21
“A good-value short menu, which makes clever use of seasonal produce, plus an imaginative wine list” have created a strong local reputation for this restaurant, wine bar and bottle shop (named for the Edwardian creamery it occupies), where you eat on benches. Many of the wines are of the hip, low intervention variety.
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