Great food, great atmosphere and great location. Mano a Bocca is everything an Italian restaurant should be.
Perched on the edge of the Bridgewater Canal riverfront in Sale, Mano a Bocca serves up some of the tastiest pizza we’ve had in years. And the name – it translates as ‘hand to mouth’ and that’s precisely how these wonderful thin-crust Romana pizzas should be eaten. Romana-style means a wide range of eye-catching and tastebud-tingling toppings – undeniably more exciting than the basic ingredients found on simple Neapolitan-style pizzas.
And pizza aficionados will undoubtedly be impressed by the dough. Created with imported Italian flour only, it is proved for no less than 24 hours, resulting in a light and beautifully textured pizza base, sturdy enough to hold all kinds of toppings without ever feeling heavy or stodgy.
The restaurant’s location makes this the perfect spot for summer. Cocktails in the sun with a slice of heaven in your hand? Well if you insist…
Italian artistic cool is evident throughout the interior design, with the cosy bar area showcasing original street photography from the Eternal City, and a series of large film posters (purchased on a reconnaissance mission to Rome) from esteemed directors such as Dario Argento running along the curved restaurant wall.
Choose from traditional pizzas such as the Salsiccia & Friarielli, with Italian sausage and wild broccoli topped with smoked mozzarella and fior di latte, or Mano a Bocca’s own personal creations like the Calabria, with ‘Nduja sausage, crushed potatoes, goat’s cheese and Calabrian chillis. Or there’s an amazing vegan pizza with tender-stem charred broccoli on a butternut squash base, with red onion and chickpeas.
And fret not, dairy-free foodies, for Mano a Bocca also offers vegan cheese at a small additional charge. So you can get your pizza fix AND enjoy the phenomenal sensation of stringy cheese landing on your chin as you eat (you know you love it).
Waterside Plaza, Sale, UK