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San Carlo Manchester

Italian

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 there’s a usually bank of photographers outside to prove the point. Take your seat alongside premier league footballers, pop stars like Rihanna at this institution that’s as much a place to be seen as it is to dine. Brandy cream and lobster pasta or simple grilled sea bass with scallops al forno are seafaring highlights, or go for broke with a steak and lobster sharing platter and a big side of pillow-soft gnocchi with truffle shavings and parmesan. Meats include veal (with mustard seed, cream and brandy) and calves liver with madeira and polenta. Home-made pistachio gelato is a bit special as is the south Med wine list, with iconic bottles and prices to match. Looks wise, think whipped cream fantasy.

  • Great wine
  • Good for seafood
  • Private dining room
  • Fine dining or fancy
40-42 King St W, Manchester M3 2WY, UK
Tel: 0161 834 6226 sancarlo.co.uk/restaurants/manchester

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