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Manchester’s pasta masters

1 year ago

Apparently, the average Italian eats around 27 kilos of pasta every year, and to be honest it feels like we’re not too far behind. We could lament all day about it – silky ribbons of perfection in real, proper carbonara are almost heaven-sent. And the weighty feel of a slab of homemade lasagne slowly bending a serving spatula is a sheer delight.

With over 350 shapes of pasta, life can sometimes be a little overwhelming, but when a bowl of orecchiette starts making its way from kitchen to table, drenched in deep tomato sauce everything just feels right in the world.

Manchester is chock-full of distinguished pasta masters, so here is the rundown of our favourites (and don’t forget to use our search to find even more pasta perfection in Manchester and beyond) :

  • A tavola new mills
    Book Now Greater Manchester

    A Tavola

    Restaurant - Italian

    A Tavola has an offbeat charm. Don’t be put off by the exterior. Sicilian delights await within.

    Inside, it is a bit of a squeeze. Intimate, as they say. It will be even more of a squeeze after you’ve stuffed yourself silly on authentic Sicilian food. And the food is the thing.

    From the look of the place, you might be expecting a few simple pizzas and not much more but you’d be wrong. Pizzas are most certainly on the menu but there are all sorts of dishes, from Sicilian street food to decadently alcoholic tiramisu. What links them is the quality of the ingredients, with many shipped over from respected Italian suppliers.

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  • Book Now Levenshulme

    Cibus

    Restaurant - Italian

    Ah, those awkward encounters when you bump into someone at a party and can’t recall their name or where you know them from. This is how the conversation goes. “Cibus – you remember, stall at Levy Market. No? OK, pop-up pizza place above Fred’s Ale House…”

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  • Produce from Lupo caffe Italiano
    Prestwich

    Lupo

    Restaurant - Italian

    Patiscerria and small-batch Italian hand-roasted coffee that’s the name of the game at the award-winning Lupo Caffe Italiano.

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  • Book Now Sale

    Mano A Bocca

    Restaurant - Italian

    “Roma è arrivata a Sale!” – Rome has arrived in Sale – proclaims the website, which is a slight exaggeration, although is at least true of the Roman-style thin-crust pizzas served at Mano A Bocca. Meaning “hand to mouth”, this pizzeria advises ditching the cutlery, the base not unlike focaccia.

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  • Floral outdoor display at Sicilian NQ Manchester
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Sicilian NQ

    Restaurant - Italian

    Based in the Northern Quarter, this friendly neighbourhood bistro and bar is the place to avanti if it’s a taste of traditional Sicily you fancy – from authentic street food snacks through big plates of pasta to desserts and holiday memory gelato, eat in or take away.

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  • The Pasta Factory, Manchester
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    The Pasta Factory

    Restaurant - Italian

    The group of friends behind The Pasta Factory’s story originally hail from Turin in the northern region of Piedmont, so this is the place for authentic Italian food full of flavour, with dishes created from scratch using only the best fresh ingredients in season.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Rosso

    Restaurant - Italian

    If it’s a stylish lunch date destination you’re after or some suitably chic eats for dinner à deux, Rosso might be the one, resplendent in clean white suffused with natural light and with plenty of Italian-inspired vegetarian, pescatarian and meat-lover options on the menu.

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  • Salvi's Italian Restaurant Northern Quarter
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Salvi’s Manchester Northern Quarter

    Restaurant - Italian

    Salvi’s NQ is the baby of what claims to be Manchester’s first independent Neapolitan restaurant, and if traditional, authentic southern Italian cuisine is on your mind, this is definitely a place to sniff out.

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  • San Carlo Bottega Selfridges, Seating and view
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    San Carlo Bottega

    Restaurant - Italian

    Head to any of the ristorantes in the acclaimed and award-winning family-run San Carlo Group and you know you’re in for exceptional ingredients, artfully prepared, and served in super chic surroundings. Bottega, with its views of the historic Corn Exchange, is the place for Champagne and cicchetti-style medium-sized plates that are tailor-made for sharing.

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  • Dishes at The Sparrows, Manchester
    Book Now Green Quarter

    The Sparrows

    Restaurant - European

    Green Quarter start-up and Good Food Guide entry, The Sparrows (sometimes with an umlaut) serves up a variety of continental pasta and European origin dumplings, “made daily with love”. Spätzle, gnocchi, pierogi, pelmeni and more are on the menu here.

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  • Sugo Pasta Kitchen Ancoats
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    Sugo Pasta Kitchen Manchester

    Restaurant - Italian

    With a menu plugging a passionately regional style of south Italian cooking, the second Sugo Pasta Kitchen sits happily in what was once known as Manchester’s Little Italy, Ancoats, famed for its Madonna del Rosario procession and ice cream makers.

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  • Pappardelle al ragu’ bianco di agnello e crema ai funghi
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    Vero Moderno

    Restaurant - Italian

    Another fab addition to the clutch of good, independent Italian restaurants in the city is Vero Moderno. Situated on the regenerated Chapel Street just inside Salford, it joins Salvi’s, Pasta Factory, and Lupo on our list of ‘proper’ Italians which swerve the standard carbonara and bolognese in favour of something a little more considered.

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