Great Northern’s new outdoor pop-up community kitchen on the square has already welcomed tapas from Evuna, and fully loaded burgers from Impossible with South Manny Flavaz.

And this bank holiday weekend, you can expect fresh flavours and authentic Neapolitan street food dishes when independent Italian restaurant Salvi’s takes up residence, complete with a DJ.

From arancini with ragu or pesto to croquettes with mortadella and pistachio, sausage and friarielli, every dish will transport you to the shores of southern Italy.

And there’s also the chance to try pizza fritta – the deliciously light, crisp deep-fried pizza which has acquired cult-like status in its native Naples – with either ricotta or mozzarella and tomato.

Salvi's is heading to Great Northern this weekend for an al fresco Italian takeover I Love Manchester
Credit Carl Sukonik

And it doesn’t stop with the food.

Salvi’s will also be serving up Italian tipples, including the finest meloncello (like limoncello, but made with melons), direct from Italy.

Drinks from the al fresco bar include limoncello, Aperol or meloncello spritz, along with classic red or white wines – or an ice cold pint of Estrella Damm, which is a sponsor of the community kitchen. 

The pop-up restaurant on the square provides a Covid-secure space for local businesses that are restricted with limited outdoor dining space, with weekly four day takeovers allowing these restaurants to serve up their dishes al fresco style in the heart of the city.

All diners will experience table service to reduce close contact and ensure social distancing to kept at all times.

“We’re excited to welcome one of the city’s best loved eateries, Salvi’s, and I’m sure visitors to the Great Northern will love the authentic flavours of southern Italy which will be on offer at our pop-up kitchen throughout the bank holiday,” said Great Northern’s centre director Mark Schofield.

The Salvi’s dining experience at the Great Northern will be open from 12 noon until 9pm Friday to Sunday. No need to book.

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