Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ultimate Guide to the Revamped Corn Exchange: Part III

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ultimate Guide to the Revamped Corn Exchange: Part III

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IN part three of our ultimate review of the new eating out spots in Manchester's Corn Exchange, we focus on three Italians, and a cocktail bar. We'll wrap up tomorrow, with our final few establishments, and our round-up of our impression of the offering overall.

GINO'S - MY RESTAURANT WHAT IS IT? Celebrity chef Gino D' Acampo's first ever restaurant venture - and he chose our great city to open it. With 42 staff (40 of them Italian), the spirit of the boot-shaped country is the absolute essence of this place. The menu is packed with recipe favourites from Gino's TV shows and cookery books - which are also in rich supply. If you're a fan of Gino, the restaurant is a bit of a shrine to him. WHAT SHOULD I EAT? The Lobster. You must order the lobster spaghetti. If you eat only one dish for the rest of the year, let it be the lobster.

It looks the part, smells good, and is bubbling with flavours but be warned, it is HUGE. Gino's has been thoughtful in providing dishes suitable for all times of the day, from light lunches, mammoth main courses to bar snacks. If you're a fan of seafood, the choice is extensive and the cold meat deli counter offers the ideal starter, such as the grissini and parma ham, which is served with homemade pesto. WHAT SHOULD I DRINK? Wine. The finest Italian wines are on the menu, naturally and there's a detailed description of which region they hail from, their flavour and which dishes they are best served with. With Toscana known for Cianti and Gino's home district Campania famed for Greco Di Tufo.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? A very reasonable amount of your hardearned cash and every penny is worth it. A threecourse dinner for two, with a bottle of medium-range wine, sides, dessert and even a coffee each would cost in the region of Pounds 60/80. ANYTHING ELSE? Sit at the open kitchen if you can. It's a real treat to watch the chefs at work, and if you're lucky and they aren't too busy, they will chat to you about the dishes they're preparing. It's a really vibrant - and passionate kitchen, so don't be surprised if a few heated discussions take place. Those Italians are a fiery lot. ginodacamporestaurants.com VAPIANO WHAT IS IT? A modern take on the Italian family dining experience, and it's big. It's got open kitchens - made up of six pasta stations and a pizza station upstairs, where customers can watch the chefs rustle up their lunch before their eyes. Pasta is made fresh on site every day and customers can create their own dish, choosing from a host of ingredients. WHAT SHOULD I EAT? You should really try a pasta dish and pick one of the signature efforts from the Vapiano Della Casa section of the menu, such as the Gamberetti with king prawns and tomato sauce. Pizza lovers will enjoy picking their toppings and for those looking for a lighter option, there are salads and soups. …

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