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A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti

Cicchetti

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

As the first San Carlo Cicchetti, the Manchester restaurant had a lot to prove on opening in 2011. Over a...

Piccolino Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

With its large alfresco terrace, complete with a fully retractable roof, Piccolino Didsbury is perfectly located for an Aperol Spritz...

San Carlo Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Head to any of the ristorantes in the award-winning, family-run San Carlo Group and you know you’re in for exceptional...

Exterior of the restaurant Alfredo's Social with its famous clock

Alfredo’s Social

Stockport Town Centre Restaurant

Alfredo’s Social is a buzzy bar and restaurant in the parade of independents on Little Underbank in Stockport town centre....

Rigatoni’s Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

Rigatoni’s is a neighbourhood pasta place serving homemade rigatoni with a variety of sauces. Their trio of venues (in Ancoats,...

Steak at San Carlo - one of the Hot 50 Restaurants in Manchester for March.

San Carlo Manchester

Deansgate Restaurant - Italian

San Carlo is Manchester's most famous and, some say, best Italian restaurant. Run by the Distefano family, it's said to...

Riva Blu Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

With its large alfresco terrace, island bar, and handsome architecture, Riva Blu Liverpool has a chic, continental feel inside and...

Piccolino Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Knutsford fits in perfectly with the Italianate villas and chic shops of this quirky Cheshire town. Situated on the...

San Carlo Fiorentina, Charcuterie Platter

San Carlo Fiorentina

Hale Barns Restaurant - Italian

San Carlo Fiorentina (what the Italians call Florence) specialises in the meat dishes of Tuscany, grilled over charcoal, particularly steak,...

Garlic bread from Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread - a recommended street food takeaway in Manchester city centre.

Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread

Northern Quarter Restaurant

Team GB has a different meaning to the guys who run Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread, the takeaway version of the...

Cibus

Levenshulme Restaurant - Italian

Once a stall at Levy Market, then a pop-up pizzeria above Fred’s Ale House, Cibus took baby steps to get...

Gusto Italian Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Gusto Italian Manchester may be the jewel in ever-expanding chain’s crown, even if the menu is the same everywhere from...

Riva Blu Manchester | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

From the same team behind Piccolino, Riva Blu Manchester aims to bring a little bit of La Dolce Vita to...

Cocktails served at San Carlo Fumo in Manchester city centre

Fumo

Oxford Road Restaurant - Italian

With its terrace overlooking Oxford Road and its much-photographed spiral staircase, Fumo is a favourite spot in Manchester for dinner...

San Carlo Gran Cafe Manchester, Raspberry Tart

San Carlo Gran Cafe

Manchester City Centre 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...

One of the best restaurants in the North West, San Carlo Alderley Edge. Cheshire.

San Carlo Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge Restaurant - Italian

The latest addition to the San Carlo family is the impressive £3 million Alderley Edge restaurant, boasting a sunlit dining...

San Carlo Bottega in Selfridges, Manchester

Bottega

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

With its floor-to-ceiling views over Exchange Square and chic Selfridges setting, Bottega is  a stylish spot for cocktails, lunch or...

Ciaooo Neapolitan Pizzeria

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Cult pizzeria Ciaooo may not be as well-known as some of its beautifully blistered-based brethren, but that’s all to the...

The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Global

With its six foot chandelier and gold leaf ceiling Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool is one of the city’s most...

Piccolo by Piccolino

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

A stone's throw from Selfridges and the designer stores around Exchange Square, Piccolo by Piccolino is a Southern Italian restaurant...

The terrace at Piccolino Hale

Piccolino Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

There’s no shortage of reliably good restaurants in the Hale-Altrincham-Bowden triangle, and Piccolino Hale is up there with the best...

Christmas and New Year's Eve at Piccolino

Piccolino Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Liverpool is located in a particularly grand building on Cook Street with a small but perfectly-formed terrace at the...

Riva Blu Leeds

Leeds Restaurant - Italian

Riva Blu Leeds, an Italian restaurant on Park Row, used be part of the Gino d’ACampo chain before the north's...

Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.

Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

With its terrace overlooking Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall, and a beautiful interior featuring a 40-seater private dining room,...

A gelato croissant at Sicilian NQ - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester

Sicilian NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Based in the Northern Quarter, this friendly neighbourhood bistro and bar is the place to avanti if it's a taste...

Mano A Bocca

Sale Restaurant - Italian

"Roma è arrivata a Sale!" – Rome has arrived in Sale – proclaims the website, which is a slight exaggeration,...

Neapolitan-style wood fired pizza at Double Zero in Chorlton

Double Zero

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

An authentic Neapolitan-style pizzeria, Double Zero in Chorlton has been lauded as one of the best in the UK.

Vegan Pizza at Proove Pizza, Didsbury

Proove Pizza

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Proove Pizza has proven itself to be a success which is fortunate because there’s no shortage of eateries slinging out...

A pasta dish at La Famiglia Bar and Restaurant in Liverpool.

La Famiglia Bar & Restaurant

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

The name says it all: La Famiglia Bar & Restaurant is a family-run outfit serving fresh, traditional Italian cuisine rethought,...

Fresh tomato and olives on a Neapolitan-style pizza at Tre Ciccio - an Italian restaurant in Altrincham

Tre Ciccio Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Italian

Translating as ‘three chubby friends’ (a self-effacing reference to owner Francesco Scafuri and a pair of his portly pals from...

CULTO

Leeds Restaurant - Italian

Famous for both its top-drawer takeaways and unique black base Pizza Nera made using vegetable charcoal, CULTO is a cosy...

Casa Italia

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Still in the spot where Mario Campolucci-Bordi opened its doors in 1976, the Casa Italia pizzeria and pastificcio is something...

Neapolitan-style pizzas being prepared at Rudy's Pizza in Ancoats, Manchester

Rudy’s Pizza Manchester Ancoats

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

Listed amongst the world’s best pizzerias in international pizza guide, Where To Eat Pizza, Rudy’s Pizza has grown from a...

Lucky Mama’s

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

Lucky Mama's is a vibrant Italian restaurant on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton, Manchester serving fresh Roman-style pizza, Veneto-style pasta...

A seafood special served at Trattoria 51 - an Italian restaurant near Liverpool ONE.

Trattoria 51 Liverpool

Business District (Liverpool) Restaurant - Italian

Offering good-value Italian classics, Trattoria 51 is an easy option if you want a family-friendly independent close to Liverpool ONE....

Pasta salad at Cibo, an Italian restaurant in Hale, Trafford, Greater Manchester

Cibo Hale

Hale Restaurant - Italian

Cibo takes a leaf out of San Carlo’s book with its version of upscale Italian dining. It may be out-of-town...

Ornella’s Kitchen

Denton Restaurant - Italian

Ornella's Kitchen is owned and operated by Ornella Cancila, who was born in Castel Di Tusa on Sicily's north coast...

Barbakan Deli

Chorlton Deli

The folks at Barbakan have been nose to the grindstone for over 50 years - they were here long before...

Marco’s New York Italian MediaCityUK

Media City Restaurant - Italian

Marco's New York Italian, from celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, offers a fusion of Italian and American cuisine from the...

Food coffee cocktails at carlisi liverpool

Carlisi

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Italian

If it's an Aperol Spritz you're hankering after, or an authentic Sicilian blend coffee, then Carlisi, at the finance end...

One of the pizzas served on the terrace at Gusto Heswall, a recommended Italian restaurant.

Gusto Italian Heswall

Heswall Restaurant - Italian

With its sunspot terrace and twinkly olive grove interior, Gusto’s Heswall branch lives up to the chain’s reputation for making...

Pappardelle al ragu’ bianco di agnello e crema ai funghi

Vero Moderno

Salford Restaurant - Italian

Another fab addition to the clutch of good, independent Italian restaurants in the city is Vero Moderno. Situated on the...

The bar at Piccolino Grande Wilmslow, an Italian restaurant in Cheshire

Piccolino Grande Wilmslow

Wilmslow Restaurant - Italian

Piccolino Grande Wilmslow is an elegant and glamorous restaurant with an airy open-plan design, a Tuscan terrace and luxurious furnishings....

Pastan

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Pastan was created after the founders struggled to find healthy, plant-based pasta anywhere else. 

Cocktails in the beer garden tucked away at the back of Electrik in Chorlton

Electrik

Chorlton Restaurant - Italian

Elektrik is an award-winning independent bar with great coffee and a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails. They offer...

A cocktail and a bouquet of roses at Rosa, an Italian restaurant in Westhoughton, Bolton

Rosa

Bolton Restaurant - Italian

Cicchetti, bar, grill. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Rosa's food is inspired by Italy, and the menus are updated regularly to reflect...

Spaghetti with asparagus sauce, crispy onions & stracchino cheese cream at The Pasta Factory

The Pasta Factory

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

The group of friends behind The Pasta Factory's story originally hail from Turin in the northern region of Piedmont, so...

Noi Quattro Pizza Northern Quarter Manchester

Noi Quattro

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

If it’s a taste of Italy you’re after, think NQ for proper pizza – Noi Quattro, to be precise. Meaning...

Rudy’s Pizza Liverpool

Albert Dock Restaurant - Italian

Rudy's mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from...

Fresh pasta at Rigatoni's, an Italian restaurant in Manchester.

Rigatoni’s Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Italian

Rigatoni’s is a neighbourhood pasta place serving homemade rigatoni with a variety of sauces. Their trio of venues (in Ancoats,...

The Italian Club Bakery

Ropewalks Bakeries

Tracing their roots back to the mountain village of Picinisco near Rome and the seaside city of Bisceglie in Puglia...

A carbonara from Salvi's

Salvi’s | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Salvi’s – or Salvi's Mozzarella Bar & Restaurant, to give it its full name – claims to be Manchester's first...

L’Olivetto

Mossley Hill Restaurant - Italian

This independent family-run restaurant, owned by head chef Kevin De La Cruz and his wife Shoonagh, front of house, serves...

Chez Moi

Southport Restaurant - European

Family-run Chez Moi started life as a bistro specialising in "the finest French cuisine", but appears to have gone off...

pizza at Franco Manca manchester restaurant

Franco Manca

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Franco Manca started out as pioneers of sourdough Neapolitan pizza and natural Italian wine purveyors in Brixton Market in 1986....

Al Dente

Lark Lane Restaurant - Mediterranean

Al Dente is a Mediterranean restaurant with an extensive, far-reaching menu that just about makes sense when you consider the...

Kids making pizza at Gusto

Gusto Italian Liverpool

Albert Dock Restaurant - Italian

With views of the water and a menu that should have something for pretty much everyone, Gusto Liverpool is a...

Franco Manca Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Pioneers of sourdough Neapolitan pizza and natural Italian wine purveyors, Franco Manca started out as a small concern in Brixton...

Pizza Express | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

The first Pizza Express opened in London in 1965, and it has continued to bring consistent, family-friendly, quality pizza to...

Cocktail served at Cuckoo, a bar in Prestwich, Manchester

Cuckoo

Prestwich Restaurant - Italian

Like the interloping bird that gives it its name, Cuckoo was an odd-one-out when it first opened in Prestwich back...

Seasonal salmon dish at Cibo Wilmslow, a recommended restaurant in Cheshire

Cibo Wilmslow

Wilmslow Restaurant - Italian

Cibo Wilmslow is a stylish Italian restaurant where you can enjoy good food and a spot of people-watching. (Wilmslow is...

Buyers Club

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Squished on the cusp of the Knowledge Quarter and the Georgian Quarter and resident in the old Flying Picket since...

The terrace at Ramona Manchester

Ramona

Ancoats Restaurant - Italian

Predominantly a pizzeria, Ramona incorporates a bakery, margarita bar, coffee counter, stage and Firehouse restaurant, and is found in the...

Pasta dish from Ortica Plant Based Italian in Urmston, Greater Manchester

Ortica Italian Plant Based

Urmston Restaurant - Italian

Ortica brings the south of Italy to the south of Manchester, minus the meat and dairy. Their 100% vegan menu is...

Homeboys Pizza

Eccles Restaurant - Italian

No shortcuts are tolerated at indie pizzeria Homeboys, where everything is made from scratch using only the freshest, best ingredients...

Purezza in Manchester city centre is a vegan pizza restaurant.

Purezza

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Vegan

Sitting in the old Dough Kitchen spot in the Northern Quarter, Purezza is yet another pizza restaurant for Manchester -...

Pizza at Pappa Pepinos - the pizza restaurant at the Selina Liverpool hotel

Pappa Pepinos

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant

Pappa Pepinos is part of the Selina Hotel. It’s a casual place serving Italian plates both small and large, and...

Cicchetti at Gino's Sky Bar in Liverpool

Gino D’Acampo 360 Sky Bar & Terrace

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Situated on the 18th floor of INNSiDE by Meliá on Old Hall Street, Gino D'Acampo 360 Sky Bar and Sky...

Voodoo Ray’s | Escape to Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - American

NYC-style pizza via LDN. Voodoo Ray’s at Escape to Freight Island is the first opening outside the capital for these...

Rudy’s Pizza Bold Street

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

Rudy's mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from...

Six Trees Kitchen & Bar

Stretford Restaurant - British

Pop in on your way back from the Trafford Centre – there's plenty to watch go by, and plenty of...

The cheese and meat sharing board at Haunt - a recommended wine bar and coffee shop in Manchester city centre.

Haunt

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

When Peter Street lost its Caffe Nero it gained Haunt, an independent coffee shop and wine bar. Stepping inside, you...

Amalia

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

This award-winning city centre Italian combines value with authenticity – founders Miguel and Antonio have been working together since 2007...

Seafood at Puccini, an Italian restaurant in Swinton, Salford

Puccini

Swinton Restaurant - Italian

Puccini has been serving up authentic Italian food to the people of Swinton since 1982, with signor Pucci at the...

Dokes Pizzeria

Prestwich Restaurant - Italian

None of your Neapolitan nonsense for Michael Clay – the Elnecot chef-patron so loves crispy New York- and Philadelphia-style pizza...

Little Furnace Smithdown Road

Sefton Park Restaurant - Italian

Back in early 2013, two pals Peter and Ryan had their first taste of Neapolitan pizza, while on holiday in...

The Italian Club Fish

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

Restauranteur Rosaria Crolla's family left the mountain village of Picinisco to the south of Rome for Glasgow, setting up fish...

Inside Bacaro, the Liverpool bar that serves Venetian-inspired small plates

Bacaro

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - European

Like the backstreet Venetian tapas places which inspired this central Liverpool bar and restaurant, there is something about Salt House...

Vapiano | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Everything at Vapiano is ordered via a QR code once you’re at your table, which may be rather au fait...

The Quarter in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter

The Quarter

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Italian

You can't get much more picture perfect than the cobbledy Falkner Street in the cool boho Georgian Quarter and, with...

Little Furnace Baltic Market

Liverpool City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Back in early 2013, two pals Peter and Ryan had their first taste of Neapolitan pizza, while on holiday in...

Nell's New York style pizza available at the Beagle, Chorlton

The Beagle

Chorlton Restaurant - American

The Beagle is a bustling, eclectic, neighbourhood boozer which has recently replaced its Tex-Mex trash food menu with NYC-style pizza...

Ice cream on the terrace at Trattoria 51 - an Italian restaurant in Southport

Trattoria 51 Southport

Southport Restaurant - Italian

Much like the seaside town itself, Trattoria 51 Southport looks its best when the sun is shining. The terrace at...

Man holding two burgers from Slap and Pickle in Society, Manchester city centre

Society

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Located in between St Peter’s Square and The Bridgewater Hall, Society brings new life to the quiet yet elegant stretch...

Gusto Cheadle Hulme Pizza

Gusto Italian Cheadle Hulme

Cheadle Hulme Restaurant - Italian

Gusto serves fresh Italian food in Cheadle Hulme and many other places. It’s part of a seemingly ever-expanding chain but...

Honest Crust Sourdough Mackie Mayor Pizza

Honest Crust Sourdough Pizza Manchester

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

"On a mission to make really great sourdough pizza" since a pop-up in rainy Ramsbottom back in 2013, Honest Crust's...

One of the seafood dishes served at Justino's - a family-run Italian restaurant and bar in Aigburth, Liverpool.

Justino’s

Aigburth Restaurant - Italian

Taking the corner spot once occupied by Et Alia is Justino’s - a family-run Italian restaurant and bar headed up...

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

Set in a Grade II-listed Charles Heathcote-designed Edwardian Baroque building, all that marble provides the perfect backdrop to a family-owned...

Orecchiette ’Nduja and Taleggio at Casa Italia, Didsbury

Casa Italia

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Casa Italia Didsbury is an Italian restaurant but there’s not a pizza in sight. The focus here is on quality...

On the menu at Tre Amici, Bury

Tre Amici

Bury Restaurant - Italian

Tre Amici is Bury’s own Neapolitan-style pizzeria, complete with 48-hour rested dough for that fold-it-up and shove-it-in experience.

Gusto Restaurant Didsbury

Gusto Italian Didsbury

Didsbury Restaurant - Italian

Gusto Didsbury may be a mid-market chain but it certainly is very appealing. The interior is light and airy, but...

Salvi's Italian Restaurant Northern Quarter

Salvi’s Manchester Northern Quarter

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...

The Fat Italian Crosby

Crosby Restaurant - Italian

The OG of three Fat Italians (the others are in Burscough and Ormskirk), this family-run restaurant has been around since...

The Saddleworth Hotel

Oldham Restaurant - Italian

Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships, vow renewal and baby naming, and with plenty of room for a proper...

Dine in at Tre Ciccio, Ramsbottom

Tre Ciccio Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom Restaurant - Italian

Tre Ciccio’s Ramsbottom restaurant does much the same thing as Tre Ciccio in Altrincham - and that’s no bad thing. 

A pizza served at La Casa, an Italian restaurant and bar in Astley, Greater Manchester

La Casa

Wigan Restaurant - Italian

A new addition to Astley’s dining options is classy Italian restaurant and bar La Casa.

Interior seating, Borrello restaurant, Sale

Borrello

Sale Restaurant - Italian

Borrello is a slightly old-school Italian restaurant in Sale. You won’t unearth obscure regional delicacies or discover new ingredients but...

Salvi’s Deansgate Square

Castlefield Restaurant - Italian

Bright and airy, with white and pale sage tiles, dusky pink and gold rose barstools and booths, and even a...

Cucina di Vincenzo

Woolton Village Restaurant - Italian

Headed by Vincent, this award-winning restaurant is run by members of the same family – the Margiottas – originally from...

italian restaurants manchester - don marco

Don Marco

Castlefield Restaurant - Italian

"A little Italian gem in the heart of Manchester", Don Marco says it "recreates the atmosphere of neighbourhood brasseries found...

Black Spot Pizza Restaurant Stockport

Black Spot Pizza

Stockport Restaurant - Italian

There is no shortage of floppy, fold-it-up Neapolitan pizza in Manchester these days. Like the bee symbol, it has descended...

A tavola new mills

A Tavola

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Italian

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

One of the fire pit tables on the terrace at Il Forno - an Italian restaurant and bar in Liverpool.

Il Forno

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

Il Forno’s name refers to their oven; a huge, fire-breathing head which swallows up pizza before cooking it to perfection and...

Honest Crust Pizza Altrincham

Honest Crust Sourdough Pizza Altrincham

Altrincham Restaurant - Italian

"On a mission to make really great sourdough pizza" since 2013, when they had a pop-up in rainy Ramsbottom, Altrincham...

Villa Romana

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

Recently given a spruce-up in keeping with its Wood Street location, this authentic, family-run Italian has been in the Ropewalks...

Croma Prestwich pizza beer

Croma Prestwich

Prestwich Restaurant - Italian

As Manchester’s own, independent (and we would say, superior) version of Pizza Express, Croma was always going to feature strongly...

The Italian Club

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

Tracing their roots back to the mountain village of Picinisco, high in the Apennines below Rome, and Puglia in the...

One of the pizzas served at Il Capitano's: a well-regarded pizzeria and takeaway in Crosby.

Il Capitano’s

Waterloo Restaurant - Italian

Italian restaurant and takeaway Il Capitano always deserves a visit if you’re in the Waterloo area. Its offering is simple:...

Produce from Lupo caffe Italiano

Lupo

Prestwich Restaurant - Italian

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

8An example of the Michelin star cooking found at The Box Tree restaurant in Ilkley, Yorkshire

The Box Tree

West Yorkshire Restaurant - Modern British

While there's been a restaurant on this site for more than 50 years, owner-proprietor team Simon and Rena Gueller keep...

Terrace NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Italian

Terrace NQ has really grown into its name over the years. Instead of just one terrace up on the roof,...

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