Best Italian restaurants in Manchester
Who doesn’t fancy a taste of Italy? Italian food is delicious, with its simple yet flavourful ingredients. If you are in the mood for a Mediterranean experience, Manchester is home to plenty of exquisite Italian restaurants and pizzerias. Whether you’re visiting for the day from neighbouring Liverpool or Warrington, or you’ve lived here your whole life, we’ve picked some of the best spots for an authentic Italian meal.
Sugo Pasta Kitchen
Found in Ancoats, Sugo Pasta Kitchen is the real champion when it comes to pasta. This restaurant turned pasta from a quick dinner fix into the main star of the menu, with just a few but carefully-prepared dishes. Generous portion sizes, welcoming environment and affordable prices; what more do you need? From the iconic House Sugo to the Sugo Scoglio and the paccheri – this restaurant is simply a win-win.
Italian food is so regionally diverse that everywhere you go feels like travelling to a different country. And this is precisely what happens when you step into this cosy, friendly restaurant. Sicilian NQ is all about the love for Sicily. Expect anything, from the timeless classics like arancini and cannoli to braised beef tortellini and the parmigiana siciliana. And, of course, plenty of authentic Sicilian wines. Ever heard of Nero d’Avola? A delight for the palate.
Midway between the Northern Quarter and New Islington, Rudy’s is the go-to place for first-class Neapolitan pizzas. In fact, they have mastered the art so well that they have been voted among one of the ten best pizzerias in the world. The dough is left to rest, the tomato is fresh and tasty, not to mention the mouth-watering mozzarella. But it’s the crust that makes the pizza so special – fluffy in the middle and crunchy all around.
The Pasta Factory
The name says it all. Freshly prepared and cooked pasta is always on the agenda in this restaurant, with the menu changing every day with new specials. A stone’s throw from Manchester Cathedral, here you’re sure to find classics like gnocchi, lasagne and ravioli, complemented by a great selection of Italian wines to die for. Curious about the different types of fresh pasta? Ask the team! They’ll be more than happy to talk.
Located in Salford, Vero Moderno combines modern, warm interiors with familiar food and a passion for traditional recipes. Its low-key vibe and friendly team make this restaurant ideal for a chilled night out with your friends or brunch with the kids. When here, be sure to try the ravioli del giorno (special ravioli of the day) and the taglierini del pescatore – long egg pasta with seafood. And if you fancy some meat-based dishes, don’t miss the tagliata di manzo (10 oz thick-cut Sirloin steak).
Manchester’s oldest independent Italian restaurant is, simply put, an institution in the city. And it’s no wonder why! With its family-vibe menu, the generous portions and the warm atmosphere, this spot is a Mancunian’s favourite, and the food is a standout. What to try with so much choice? The risotto di mare (seafood risotto) and the cannelloni (pancakes filled with ricotta cheese and grilled vegetables) are two musts. And if you’re in the mood for a pizza, why not have one?
Salvi’s legacy of Italian food in Manchester is strong, and so are their recipes – traditionally prepared and extravagantly presented. Located in the Northern Quarter, this family-run restaurant strikes the perfect balance between old and modern, with classic dishes and off-the-wall interpretations of them. When visiting, don’t miss the exquisite octopus in nduja sauce and the asparagus and prawn risotto. Buon appetito!
Cosy and warmly lighted, Vincenzo Trattoria offers a romantic atmosphere away from the bustle of Manchester busy streets. Here you can find pizza, pasta and meat-based dishes such as the costolette di maiale (oven-baked spareribs) and polpette Maria (homemade meatballs).