Hidden behind the bright lights of Media City’s shining stars, you’ll find Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian, your answer to casual, comfortable dining with a delicious difference.
With floor-to-ceiling windows spilling sunlight (albeit the grey-autumn-kind, it is October in Salford after all) into the plush setting, we pulled up a patterned pew to our white clothed table and prepared to feast.
The menu is designed to satisfy all appetites. There’s classic Italian fare as well as exciting NY dishes, served with a twist for those looking for a little bit more adventure.
When it comes to drinks, the convenience of Media City’s very own metrolink stop means you don’t have to compromise on transport. Leave the car keys at home and enjoy the vast selection of cleverly concocted cocktails Marco’s has to offer.
The platters are a winner if you’re feeling a little spoilt for choice. The New York Italian Seafood option is my personal favourite. Delicately battered squid rings, a pile of spice-rubbed whitebait and chunky haddock fishcakes, two a-piece and well paired with zingy gloops of the homemade tartare sauce.
You’d probably find pterodactyl ancestry in the Buffalo Chicken Wings’ history if you mapped out their family tree. Giant in size, meaty with just a hint of spice and softened by a sweet chilli kiss, they’re exactly how chicken wings should be.
From pastas and pizzas to al forne dishes and meat-tastic mains, the entrees cover all manner of cravings and crisp and colourful salads if you prefer a lighter bite.
But if it’s indulgence you’re after, this is where Marco’s truly excels.
The servers are attentive and are happy to divulge their own favourites from the menu. Anything to ensure you feel well looked after and comfortable. This is New York-style with Italian family values after all.
The dessert menu holds a sweet selection, and things don’t get much sweeter than the Chicago Hot Brownie.
Gooey, chewy and complete with a jug of molten-melted chocolate to use at your pleasure. If you’re looking for something a little rich, you’ve just bagged yourself a millionaire.
For palates craving something a little lighter, the panna cotta should hit the spot. But why decide? Their sharing option offers a trio of temptations for keen opportunists.
Whilst the menu may cater for richer tastes, the price doesn’t. You can enjoy a three course meal between 5-6pm daily with the Early Bird menu at just £17.95, or two at £13.95.
Situated close to Old Trafford, Marco’s has become a popular post-match dining venue. But you don’t have to wait for match day for an excuse to go.
An appetite is the only requirement when you dine at Marco’s, where the food and service is always a winner.