Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar returned to the Corn Exchange just before Christmas with a glitzy VIP party, and now it’s open to the rest of us. Welcome back, Salvi’s!
Salvi’s opened at the Corn Exchange in 2012 with an outdoor seating area and a tiny inside dining area selling fantastic real Italian food to eat in and take away.
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As part of the Corn Exchange redevelopment, it has now reopened its famous deli and has extended the operation to include a rustic 100 cover restaurant downstairs, so expect more of the same – much more.
During the redevelopment period, co-owner Maurizio Cecco has been busy sourcing the very best produce that Italy has to offer, including the house speciality – the finest authentic Neapolitan buffalo mozzarella
Expect carefully sourced, prime produce including joints of cured Italian hams, salami, prosciutto and a full Italian cheese counter specialising in the famous artisan buffalo mozzarella, as well as gorgonzola, burrata, parmigiano reggiano, pecorino and more, plus a huge selection of antipasti; carefully chosen Italian wines; and specially sourced products for the kitchen, all presided over by Roberto, Salvi’s ‘master of mozzarella’.
The famous Salvi’s deli boards will, of course, be gracing the menu here, as well as panini, antipasti, nibbles or anything else from the counter that catches the eye. Customers can dine at the deli bar on the 40 cover outdoor terrazza or take the produce home.
Downstairs, there’s a rustic-style Italian restaurant with 100 covers and an open kitchen. Salvi’s chefs will be turning out simple, traditional Neapolitan cuisine with dishes chosen from Maurizio’s mum’s recipe collection – often cooked by her own fair hand, as she acts as ‘executive chef’! As ever, ingredients are absolutely central to the Salvi’s product with Maurizio’s best suppliers at the heart of the menu. Proper Neapolitan pizzas, simple pastas, deli boards, and daily Neapolitan specials will be served up daily.
Maurizio has also personally sourced many of the key elements of the restaurant from Naples and other parts of Campania, including the ovens, tiles and vintage furniture. Comfy leather booths, banquet seating and vintage Italian art make up the perfect spot for long lunches, quick bites and special occasions.
So welcome back to the Corn Exchange, Salvi’s. It’s definitely bigger than before. But is it better, too? We’ll let you know.
Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar, The Corn Exchange, Manchester M4 3TR
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