10 top Italians
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.
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.
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.
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.
Want to be on holiday everyday? Visit this authentic Cicchetti Bar in Ramsbottom.
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.
An authentic Italian deli and restaurant at Corn Exchange.
More places to eat in Manchester
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
Whether the object of your affection favours laid-back vibes, serious food or French fancies, Manchester's best date restaurants can provide