The best Italian restaurants in Manchester

Manchester has held links to Italy for a couple of hundred years – so it's no surprise that there are some serious restaurants to wine and dine like an Italian in the city

30 October 2021

Though the name might make it sound like some ignored chain of pasta restaurants run by a major brewery chain, The Pasta Factory on Shudehill is actually the real deal. It was established by pals Elisa Cavigliasso, Alberto Umoret, Enrico Princi and Paolo Gaudino, who all grew up together in Turin, then found that their adopted home lacked a neighbourhood 'pastificio', and decided to do something about it. Their fresh reginette, coloured with natural charcoal and then stirred through with almonds, confit tomato and black garlic cream, is sensational, as is the ravioli with pumpkin, goat's cheese and an indulgent sage crumble.

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