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Where to Eat: Italian in Manchester

Kate Plummer

Spotlight on: San Carlo Cicchetti 
Cicchetti Manchester, House of Fraser Ground Floor, M3 2QG

If you’re no stranger to food envy when seeing your fellow groups dish selection, then a trip to Cicchetti’s is the most delicious of solutions. The word Cicchetti essentially means small dishes meant for sharing, meaning you can select a variety of plates to share (or not) amongst yourselves.
Part of the San Carlo group, this branch cites themselves as “sophisticated venetian dining” and whilst the décor is more lavish than your local pasta parlour, the atmosphere remains informal, probably because everyone’s animatedly chatting over what dish to tuck into next, and boy is there a lot to choose from. Priding themselves on traditional flavours and high quality ingredients, with pastas, small sharing pizzas and antipasti as just as taster of what’s on offer, we’d particularly recommend the Lobster Ravioli, melt in the mouth Beef CarpaccioFiorentina Pizza with that perfectly runny yolk, flavoursome Bruschetta, and Nonna Maria’s signature slow-cooked Tagliatelle Bolognese. Food envy be gone, just don’t blame us if you over order and ending up needing a post-pasta nap.  

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Best of the rest: 

Don Giovanni 
1 - 2 Peter House, Oxford St, M1 5AN

What? Manchester’s oldest independent Italian restaurant, dating back to 1984. 
Where? Within view of Manchester's Central Library. 
Why? It’s no surprise that with 35 years under their belt they’ve got the classics down to perfection including dishes such as their signature lobster spaghetti, mouth-watering lasagne and crab ravioli. Make sure you leave room for dessert, especially when affogato is on the menu – that’s vanilla ice cream with an espresso shot and amaretto syrup for the uninitiated.

46 Blossom Street, Manchester, M4 6BA
22 Shaw's Road, Altrincham, WA14 1QU

What? Southern Italian passion and flavours brought to Manchester. 
Where? They have one in Altrincham and one in Ancoats. 
Why? The Sugo team live and breathe creative Italian cooking and a lot of love clearly goes into every dish on their frequently updated menu. With fresh pasta from the Ligorio family in Puglia, the crab strozzapreti and the House Sugo – slow cooked ragu of beef shin, pork shoulder and nduja with orecchiete, will make your mouth water and your stomach happy. 

The Pasta Factory
77 Shudehill, Manchester, M4 4AN

What? Pasta perfectionists in a relaxed setting.
Where? Just five minutes from The Printworks. 
Why? Making fresh pasta every day, you have the option to take advantage of their authentic menu which feels like a taste of home, especially their ricotta ravioli in rich tomato sauce and thepork cheek bucatini amatriciana, or you can have the most indulgent night in by buying some of their fresh pasta selection to whip up something special at home. 

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