Didsbury’s old Croma pizza site is being taken over by another Italian restaurant

Italiana Fifty Five is set to take over the former Croma site in Didsbury Village 'very soon'.

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 27th July 2023

For those who’ve been kicking around the Manchester food scene for a while, Croma needs no introduction.

One of Manchester’s most long-standing pizza restaurants, after 22 years in the city the family favourite left fans heartbroken last January as it closed the doors to its original Clarence Street site.

The closure of its Didsbury venue followed this summer, with owners confirming in a statement it was with a “heavy heart” they would be shuttering the Wilmslow Road eatery in May.

Now, a new Italian restaurant has its eyes set on the site at 651A Wilmslow Road – and has revealed plans to breathe new life into the venue with its own offering, which spans freshly-made pizzas, pasta, flaming pasta wheels, and a bottomless brunch with endless prosecco Italian cocktails.

Image: Italiana Fifty Five
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Image: Italiana Fifty Five

Italiana Fifty Five, formerly known as Cibo Manchester, already has two popular sites in Manchester city centre at The Great Northern Warehouse and Liverpool Road, Castlefield.


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Now, it’s gearing up to take on South Manchester as it swoops into Didsbury Village – but bosses are mindful of Croma’s reputation, and say they have been working ‘very hard’ to meet the ‘high expectations set by [their] predecessors.’


Speaking to The Manc, a spokesperson from Italiana Fifty Five said: “After the successful rebranding from Cibo Manchester to Italiana, we are excited to share a project that has been in the works for some time.

“We are thrilled to announce that we have taken over the former Croma site in Didsbury. We are fully aware of the high expectations set by our predecessors, and our teams have been working very hard to meet them.

“While we are not yet prepared to disclose the official opening date, we assure you that it will be happening very soon!”


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