Landmark Manchester city centre Italian restaurant ready to reopen as Cibo after multi-million-pound transformation

Goodbye Rosso, hello Cibo.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 5th April 2024

One of Manchester’s most iconic restaurants has been reborn, with Cibo now ready to open its doors in the former Rosso site here in the city centre.

Rosso was a firm favourite for famous faces and a popular spot for a high-end Italian meal before it suddenly closed its doors last September.

It had been owned by footballing legend Rio Ferdinand since 2009 and was famed for its luxurious interiors.

But the incredible space at the top of King Street is ready for a new lease of life as part of the Cibo restaurants group, who have spent millions refurbishing it.

The new-look Italian restaurant is now filled with decadent materials like marble, gold and leather.


It’s a jaw-dropping space, thanks in part to the building’s Grade-II listed pedigree, which comes with a huge domed ceiling and marble pillars.

Cibo has added some lovely ornate olive trees to the doors and built a curved wall of wine that towers all the way up to the ceilings.


Brown leather chairs, embossed with Cibo’s logo and gold studs, plus marble tabletops only add to the opulence.

Gorgeous, right?

The huge restaurant will have space for 165 diners in the main restaurant and 20 downstairs in the private dining room.


Cibo is a well-established name on the North West restaurant scene, already operating restaurants in Wilmslow, Hale and Disley.

Click or swipe through the gallery below to see inside Cibo Manchester:

It was originally meant to open this city centre venue last November but has instead spent several extra months (and almost £3m) carefully restoring the building’s original features.

Cibo Manchester’s menu will be filled with crowd-pleasing Italian dishes, including pizzas, pasta, grills and seafood.

After round-the-clock work since September, the restaurant is finally set to open on Saturday, 6 April.


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