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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

The terrace at 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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Embankment Kitchen

Salford Restaurant - European

Head to the ground floor of the Citysuites aparthotel and non-residents are welcome at EK, to its friends, where plates...

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,...

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...

Amalia

Ropewalks Restaurant - Italian

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

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...

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...

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...

Pastan

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Italian

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Dishes at The Sparrows, Manchester

The Sparrows

Green Quarter Restaurant - European

Green Quarter start-up and Good Food Guide entry, The Sparrows (sometimes with an umlaut) serves up a variety of continental...

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...

Mano A Bocca

Sale Restaurant - Italian

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Liverpool's popular deli and restaurant Delifonseca on Brunswick Dock

Delifonseca

Brunswick Restaurant - European

Liverpool's acclaimed deli and restaurant Delifonseca has a loyal following thanks to its irresistible victuals from the UK and beyond.

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...

Hong Kong Choi

Broughton Restaurant - Chinese

This cha chaan teng-style “tea restaurant” is the Hong Kong equivalent of a greasy spoon and serves the region's typical...

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