Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

M.E.N's Top 10 Pasta Masters

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

M.E.N's Top 10 Pasta Masters

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IT'S World Pasta Day today and Manchester has no shortage of Italian restaurants to ciao down in.

It's a common grumble that the city even has too many - but we say you can never have too much of a good thing.

From the rustic simplicity of Croma and Le Delicatezze di Bruno to the glitz and glamour of celebrity haunts like San Carlo and Rosso, the city's Italian dining scene caters to every taste.

To celebrate the occasion, we've rounded up 10 of our favourite eateries - and readers have also been naming theirs, with Don Marco in the Camp-field Arcade, Castlefield, and Puccini in Swinton among the most popular suggestions online.

DELICATEZZE DI BRUNO IT might look like a greasy spoon from outside (in fact, it used to be one) but the cuisine served inside this diminutive cafe in Clayton is certainly anything but.

Diners can feast like a king here at cucina povera (peasant food) prices on the rustic dishes served up by owner Bruno Polluthi - some of the most authentic to be found anywhere in the city.

The place is always packed and it's been quietly winning plenty of plaudits, including consistently ranking among TripAdvisor's top restaurants in Manchester..

564 Ashton New Road, Clayton »/ No website / 0161 231 8349 SAN CARLO FAVOURED by footballers and foodies alike, this family-run Italian chain is more than just a celeb haunt.

Manchester's original King Street West restaurant is now joined by two cicchetti bars serving the city's well-heeled shoppers, with Cicchetti at House of Fraser and Bottega at Selfridges, including a cafe and patisserie.

42 King Street West/ »uk/manchester / 0161 834 6226 roSSo ANOTHER footballers' favourite, this being Rio Ferdinand's gaff and all - and as such, one of the best places for star spotting.

But celeb stalking isn't the only reason to visit: the food is served with a finesse to match the glitzy interior and there's always a party atmosphere.

43 Spring Gardens, »Manchester/ / 0161 832 1400 PER TUTTI RELAUNCHED under new ownership, Per Tutti continues to cater 'for all', - as per its name - as a cafe in the daytime and a restaurant and prosecco bar at night.

More pan-European in cuisine, it still draws plenty of inspiration from Italy, from the antipasti platters, pizza, pasta and risotto on the menu 3-11 Liverpool Road, Manchester / » / 0161 834 9741 AZZURRO AN intimate, family-run affair in the heart of West Didsbury, Azzurro's seafood is its speciality.

With an ever-changing selection of market-fresh fish and shellfish dishes on the blackboard - alongside a compact but carefully considered a la carte menu - there's bound to be some new food to tempt you back there time and again.

242 Burton Road, West Didsbury /» / 0161 448 0099 croma GOURMET pizza is Croma's speciality and boy does it do it well: its hand-stretched, Neapolitan style bases, finished with a range of toppings, are some of the best in the city. …

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