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Italian restaurants in Manchester

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

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

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. 

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Central Manchester

Fumo

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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Central Manchester

Don Giovannis

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.

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Central Manchester

SoLita

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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Central Manchester

Albert's Shed

Recommended

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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Central Manchester

Piccolino

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. 

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Central Manchester

San Carlo Cicchetti

Recommended

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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Central Manchester

Rosso Restaurant

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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Central Manchester

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