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Italian restaurants in Manchester

From pasta to pizza, traditional to modern, there's something tasty for Italian lovers in Manchester

Rob Martin
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Rob Martin
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With a huge range of places to eat and places to drink, Manchester has no shortage of opportunities to indulge yourself in great food, cocktails and wine bars. And of all of the different cuisines in Manchester, Italian is amongst the best served, so here are ten of the best if you fancy something with a Mediterranean flavour. Do you agree with our choices? Use the comments box below or tell us your suggestions on Facebook and Twitter.

10 top Italians

Jamie's Italian
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
The restaurant's stately Grade II listed building is worth the visit alone. Most, though, come for the accessible, authentic Italian food for which Jamie Oliver's chain is well known. 
Fumo
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
The San Carlo chain certainly seems to know what it's doing, so the arrival of Fumo - its fifth restaurant in Manchester - is exciting most welcome. 
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Don Giovannis
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
The Manchester voices singing this restaurant's praises might not be as tuneful as those belting out Mozart's opera of the same name, but many are as enthusiastic.
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • American
SoLita – short for ‘South of Little Italy’ due to its location just below the Ancoats Little Italy area of Manchester – aims to combine the best of New York, Italy and Manchester. Essentially, though, it’s the home of some very naughty food porn. 
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Albert's Shed
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • British
A marriage of British and Italian cuisine is kept in check with a sensibly sized menu, so that quality isn't compromised, but there's still plenty of choice, with pastas, fish, pizzas and salads alongside larger mains, including steaks.
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Piccolino
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
Part of the Individual family, which includes Zinc Bar and Grill, Bank and many more, Piccolino is where people who refuse to settle for any old Italian food go for their Italian food. 
San Carlo Cicchetti
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
Cicchetti (pronounced chi-ket-tee) are small snacks, designed to be shared and traditionally served in the bars of Venice. Think Italian tapas and you won't go far wrong. 
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Rosso Restaurant
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
Even though the centre half no longer plies his trade at Old Trafford, Rio Ferdinand's swanky Italian on Spring Gardens continues to attract the well-to-do. 

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The best restaurants in Manchester
  • Restaurants

Whatever tickles your culinary fancy - from brilliant burgers to barnstorming breakfasts and brunches - there are plenty of very good Manchester restaurants to get stuck into

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