The year was 79 AD, Julius Agricola had just travelled up the M40 and arrived in what he called Mamucian. What a fine place he thought as he had visions of great football teams and the Happy Mondays. Ever since, not much has changed. Just the name.
Skip forward to the present day. You can still walk the same roads as the General himself, visit the same buildings… even eat the same food.
Here are four of the finest Italian Restaurants in Manchester.
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40-42 King Street West, M3 2WY
If Julius Agricola somehow came back to life and visited Mamucian, he’d probably drop by San Carlo's.
This is Italian dining at it’s finest and most authentic. Flying the freshest produce all the way from Italy, you’ll be delighted to know that your food has come from the shelves of those who live and breathe Italy.
Priding themselves on providing you with dishes that will engage all of your senses. From the sizzling grill manned by chefs of high repute to the Italian style mille-feuille cakes, tortes and mousses, made daily, with love and care.
The setting is chic and intimate. It’s Cinderella in her ball gown, except she’s somehow managed to fit a stylish lounge and bar in her clutch bag.
Rudy’s Pizza Ancoats
9 Cotton Street, Ancoats, M4 5BF
If San Carlo’s is Cinderella, Rudy's Pizza is Merida – they don’t want anything to do with royalty. Rudy’s is a relaxed, down to earth, independent Neapolitan pizzeria.
Nestled within the area of Manchester known lovingly as ‘Little Italy’, you can expect hand crafted pizza that is carved straight from a slice of Naples. From the fiery Calabrese, jam packed with sumptuous N’Duja Sausages and fresh, juicy basil, to the simple, time tested Margherita.
You’ll find the base (which every pizza fan knows is more than simply an edible plate) to be the right balance between chewy and crunchy with delicate charring.
Open plan and stripped down. You’ll find an on-trend mix of grey concrete, bright accents and stripped back wooden furniture to please your inner brutalist.
Rudy’s is walk in only and waddle out only. I hope you brought your stretchy pants.
Salvi’s Mozzarella Market
Unit 22b, The Corn Exchange, Manchester, M4 3TR
The root of the Salvi's tree, the Mozzarella Market was started by Maurizio, who still runs Salvi’s with the passion for food that keeps Italy on the foodies map.
You can expect fresh produce from the heart of the European Boot. The Panzerotti is a personal favourite of mine. Perfect, golden brown croquets in a creamy, mouth-watering garlic sauce.
Boasting a gorgeous sun terrace, appertivo bar and beautiful, Italian restaurant downstairs that channels the quintessential basics of Neapolitan architecture.
A glass of crisp prosecco out on the terrace and you’ll me living the Neapolitan dream.
Piccolino Caffè Grande
Clarence Street, Manchester M2 4DW
‘All day every day, dining’ that’s the methodology Piccolino Caffe Grande subscribes to.
Boasting a luxurious wine boutique, cocktail bar, an international juice bar aptly named The Juicery, theatre grill, pizzeria, an oyster & caviar bar, a Harrods style food hall and an alfresco terrace overlooking Albert Square… you’ll be spoilt for choice and gasping for air.
Opulent and Lavish, Piccolino will smother you in classical Italian architecture. Carrara and Nero marbles Imported from Italy, antique brass, English oak and oversized handmade chandeliers will provide you with your fancy fix for the foreseeable future.
If you want to dine in luxury, you’ll be set at Piccolino.
So that’s your lot. The four finest Italian Restaurants in Manchester. If you’re feeling more fillet than fancy, why not check out these amazing tapas restaurants in Manchester?