Over a decade ago, Maurizio Cecco and his wife Claire spotted a gap in the English market for authentic, high quality Italian produce, and opened their Salvi’s deli in the Corn Exchange and a restaurant in the Northern Quarter.
Now, they’ve opened a brand-new eclectic Italian food hub in the city, offering a restaurant with private dining room, plus a Sorrento-style bar with a weather-protected heated terrace providing year-long indoor and outdoor seating.
There are also deli shelves fully-stocked with DOP stamped and verified products to buy, as well as an exhibition space.
Housed in a 3,000 square feet unit within the luxury Deansgate Square development, the latest opening features a menu of much-loved authentic Neapolitan cuisine with recipes passed down through generations.
Diners can expect Pasta Nonna Teresa with pistachio pesto and pancetta, and octopus and spicy sausage Pasta Polipo ‘Nduja, along with brand new Pasta Pesto Melanzane, combining sizzling aubergine and aromatic pesto.
Also on the menu are Pasta al Piennolo, with Naples-grown piennolo tomatoes and Linguine al Aragosta – lobster linguine in a tangy tomato sauce.
The mains include tender ribeye steak Costata di Manzo Piemontese, along with the latest additions of grilled tuna steak with Sorrento lemons, Tonno Amalfi, and sea bass with cherry tomatoes in white wine sauce, Branzino Sorrento.
Pizza lovers are also in for a treat with a variety of handmade Neapolitan-style offerings, including newly added vegan-friendly Vegano.
The range also includes classics like Margherita and Naples-specialty, Calzone Fritto, a street-style pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, DOP mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan.
As well as serving a selection of Italian beer, the bar is also stocked with wines flown straight from Italy as well as Limoncello Spritz and light, summery Aperol Spritz.
The food hub also offers quick Neapolitan-style lunch with daily offerings of freshly made panini and the delicious sweet treat, cannoli.
The Amalfi Room, meanwhile, is the first private dining room of its kind in the city and promises unforgettable VIP experiences, while also hosting owner Maurizio Cecco’s famous pasta classes later in the year – so watch this space.
“We worked so hard to bring Salvi’s Deansgate to life and we’re absolutely ecstatic to finally be able to share the simply stunning venue that we have created!” says Maurizio.
“Like many other businesses, we faced a lot of challenges during the pandemic, but we are proud to say we are still standing strong and growing.
“We took the best features of each of our venues and crafted the new Salvi’s brand for everyone as passionate about real Italian food as us.
“Manchester has been our home for years, and we’re dedicated to ‘serve’ back the love we receive!”.