With the greatly anticipated Festa Italiana hitting Cathedral Gardens this week, why not take the ultimate Italian culinary tour around Corn Exchange Manchester?

Boasting five delicious Italian restaurants, diners will be spoilt for choice on where to grab their very own slice of the Mediterranean.

Not only will Salvi’s be creating a whopping 50-metre-pizza and hosting other activities, but visitors can enjoy a variety of Italian delights at Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant, Vapiano, Pizza Express and Zizzi.

Here are some of the things to explore


In Italy, sharing food is a way of life, so grab some friends and indulge in a Tre Cicchetti board with crispy cod, king prawn and tomato on toasted ciabatta with lemon and chilli mayonnaise.

Next up, try the herby veal meatballs with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts in a rich tomato sauce, with a side of courgette fries.

With the option to dine al fresco, you’ll soon feel as though you’ve been transported to the Amalfi Coast.



If quick, fresh and tasty is what you’re looking for, Vapiano has got it covered.

Order and tuck into a Carne pizza with chicken breast, chorizo, peppers, ricotta, smoked paprika, lemon, tomato sauce and mozzarella quicker than you can say hey presto!



Take advantage of the Spring/Summer menu at Pizza Express and indulge in the hearty Seafood Rigatoni with salmon, Pollock and king prawns in a creamy white wine and garlic sauce with rigatoni pasta.

If you’ve got room after that, the spongy lemon bundt cake with a scoop of vanilla gelato is not one to miss.



For a pizza with a difference, Zizzi’s signature pizza rusticas boast a brand new dish – the Pulled Pork Napoli, with pulled pork on a white base of Fior di Latte and smoky scamorza cheese, pepperoni, crispy prosciutto, sunblush tomatoes, thyme and smoked garlic oil.

If you fancy something truly decadent, try the chocolate and banana calzone, with mascarpone cream, crema gelato and hot toffee sauce.


For a taste of authentic Italian cuisine this summer, head to Corn Exchange and enjoy a little slice of heaven.


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