San Carlo Manchester
San Carlo is Manchester’s most famous and, some say, best Italian restaurant. Run by the Distefano family, it’s said to have one of the largest turnovers in the UK. It’s also the place to be papped and you’ll sometimes see a bank of photographers outside to prove the point.
Take your seat alongside Premier League footballers and pop stars like Rihanna at this institution that’s as much a place to be seen as it is to dine.
Dishes such as brandy cream and lobster pasta or scallops with white wine, garlic, and lemon are seafaring highlights. Or go for broke with a steak and lobster sharing platter.
Home-made Sicilian pistachio cake is a bit special, as is the south Med wine list, with iconic bottles and prices to match. Looks wise, think whipped cream fantasy.