First established in 1984, independent Italian restaurant Don Giovanni is one of the longest standing in the city.
Still held in high regard after nearly forty years, it has been feeding the people of Manchester for decades.
In that time, it has cemented itself as one of the city centre’s go-to Italian eateries, especially for diners that are looking to celebrate a special occasion.
No stranger to a proposal, the restaurant is one of Manchester’s most popular places for couples looking to pop the question. It’s also a popular choice for theatregoers, thanks to its central location and special pre-theatre menu.
Originally housed across the road in what is now 1 St Peters Square, today you’ll find the elegant Manchester Italian restaurant sitting opposite – with panoramic glass windows looking out onto the street.
Inside, large comfy leather booths and a stunning eighteen-foot marble bar ensure it looks the part for a celebration. The menu’s pretty swish too, offering everything from freshly made pizza and pasta to indulgent seafood platters and premium cuts of meat from locally-reared cattle.
If you’re a lover of Italian food then you need to try Don Giovanni at least once. It is the place you head to in the city if you are looking for authentic Italian fare.
The restaurant may have been feeding Mancunians for decades, but its chefs frequently revise their offering to remain classic and authentic but still on trend, most recently adding pizza alla nocciolata, pizza al tartufo and gnocchi al gorgonzola.
From premium chargrilled meats cooked on Don Giovanni’s in-house Josper grill, to a solid list of pizzas and pasta dishes there are some stunning dishes to choose from here – all made using fresh produce picked from local markets each morning.
The restaurant also boasts its very own pasta-making and dessert station, where you can watch its chefs busy at work preparing fresh bread, pasta and sweet treats every morning.
Pasta lovers will find fresh favourites like spaghetti carbonara, lasagne, tagliatelle al bolognese and linguine e vongole, all available from the A La Carte menu, as well as freshly prepared homemade treats like tiramisu and panna cotta.
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Elsewhere, as part of its antipasto section you’ll find a large selection of mouthwatering starters like beef carpaccio, homemade focaccia, frittura mista and antipasto Italiano, all sure to whet your appetite.
As for drinks, the restaurant boasts one of the best classic wine lists in the city with a choice of over 100 hand picked vintages sitting alongside a selection of cocktails and craft beers.
From raspberry caipirinhas to espresso martinis, negronis to pornstars, there are plenty of tipples to choose from with a solid mixture of classics and signatures making an appearance on the list.
This restaurant has long stood the test of time as one of Manchester’s best Italian eateries, offering stylish settings in the heart of the popular theatre and nightlife district.
A short walk from both The Palace and The Opera House, it also offers a 2 or 3 course pre theatre set menu between the hours of 12-2pm and 4-6pm every day.
Open seven days a week from 12pm, to find out more and book a meal, visit the Don Giovanni website here, and check out their Christmas menus here.
Feature image – Don Giovanni
Dance icons Faithless to host huge outdoor DJ party in north west
Faithless, one of the biggest names in dance and electronic music, will be hosting a blistering DJ set in a beautiful outdoor setting this summer.
World-renowned DJ and record producer Sister Bliss will be taking to the decks at Carlisle Racecourse, as part of a packed calendar of events for The Jockey Club Live.
Taking place on Saturday 8 July after the racing, the plan is to transport this corner of Cumbria back to the heyday of dance music.
Sister Bliss was the musical force behind Faithless, together with the band’s late, great frontman Maxi Jazz and producer Rollo Armstrong.
The group’s music career spanned 17 years, selling more than 15 million records worldwide and playing live to millions across the globe.
They’ve headlined festivals and arenas and released timeless songs like ‘Insomnia’, ‘God is a DJ’, and ‘We Come 1’.
Following her 28-year career that went from the underground UK club scene to the biggest stages in the world, Sister Bliss has deservedly established herself as one of Britain’s most iconic electronic artists.
Helen Willis, general manager of Carlisle Racecourse, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sister Bliss to Carlisle Racecourse for a Faithless DJ Set.
“Faithless are one of the most iconic giants of electronic music and we know fans will be dancing the night away to their biggest hits and more on Saturday 8 July.”
Sister Bliss said: “Summer outdoor shows are some of my absolute favourites and the crowd response is always remarkable.
“We have a spectacular show planned so can’t wait to see you all there!”
The Jockey Club Live events blend an exciting evening at the races with spectacular live music, with other names performing across the north west this summer including Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classic, Craig David, and Nile Rodgers & CHIC.
Coronation Street legend Hilda Ogden has been recreated from flowers at The Royal Exchange in Manchester
A floral tribute to Coronation Street great Hilda Ogden has appeared in the heart of Manchester this week.
The iconic soap character has been recreated from flowers, grasses and other plant life, down to her ever-present hair curlers.
The floral Hilda is in position at The Royal Exchange this week, ready for the Manchester Flower Festival.
The beautiful building will also be hosting a Bee Trail treasure hunt for the occasion on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May.
Friends, families, couples and any other fun-seekers are invited down to solve the clues and find the bees, with prizes up for grabs like a £100 voucher to spend at French Connection, Afternoon Tea for Two at Annies, a £50 floral bouquet from Royal Exchange Flowers, a meal for two at Pastan, vouchers from TGI Fridays and Michaels coffeehouse, and gifts from Hotel Chocolat, L’Occitane, The Body Shop and Sostrene Grene.
All you need to do is come along, pick up an entry form from one of the above-mentioned participating stores and get stuck in.
The entire city will burst into colour with blooms installed all over our shops and streets for the late May bank holiday weekend.
You can find the floral Hilda in the Royal Exchange Arcade from today.
She stands in a garden of late spring flowers, alongside an armchair where people can capture a selfie, with hair fashioned from various grasses wrapped around curlers underneath her head scarf and her tabard recreated from a mosaic of fresh flowers including orchids, craspedia, thistles, Limonium and chrysanthemums.
Anyone who snaps a selfie with Hilda, then posts it on Instagram tagging @royalexchangemanchester (you need to follow the page too), could win a £50 voucher to spend at The Royal Exchange.
How to take part in the Bee Trail for the Manchester Flower Festival
Grab an entry form on the day from any of the participating outlets*
Each of the clues will, when solved, direct you to a specific outlet.
Once there, locate the hidden Bee picture and note its unique number down on the entry form next to the store or eatery’s name.
Once you’ve completed the Trail, fill in your contact details and hand your entry form back in to one of the participating stores so that you will be entered in to the draw.
Keep your fingers crossed that you’ve won a prize!
Winners will be drawn and notified within two weeks of the closing date.
Participating outlets: French Connection, Annies restaurant, Pastan, Royal Exchange Flowers, L’Occitane, TGI Fridays, Michaels coffeehouse, Hotel Chocolat, The Body Shop and Sostrene Grene.
The Royal Exchange Manchester Bee Trail runs all day on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May.
And don’t forget your Hilda selfie for an extra chance to win! #HildaSelfie