As a huge fan of Italian food, I was delighted to hear that a new Prezzo restaurant was opening up on Deansgate, Manchester. I have experienced Prezzo before, however I ordered from a set menu and therefore didn’t have the flexibility to really study the menu and order exactly what I would like. Firstly, Prezzo is a reasonably priced Italian restaurant, which means it’s an ideal place to take the family or head over for dinner after work with a group of friends. This particular venue is brand new, taking over what used to be Cafe Rouge, so it has a real modern, sleek interior. I spotted a few quirky bits of decor (as I am a bit of an interior obsessive) such as the cool hanging lightbulbs over the bar area, and a combination of traditional black and white chequered flooring mixed with shiny laminated wood. It was a fairly quiet Saturday afternoon, so myself and my guest were taken to a little booth tucked away at the side of the bar, which was a nice little dining spot.
There were some incredible starters to chose from, mostly priced around £5.95, including Grilled Goats Cheese with beetroot, balsamic onions and bruschetta, Crab Cakes with garlic mayonnaise and King Prawns in a pomodoro sauce. However, we wanted to have a more of a sharing platter we could pick away at, and opted for the Antipasto, which is made up of prosciutto, salami milano, salsiccia piccante, bresaola, burrata mozzarella, marinated olives, sun-blushed tomatoes, rocket and ciabatta. For two people to share, it costs £11.95, which is reasonable for what we received, plus the selection of meats, bread and starter style ‘bits’ were more than tasty and provided us with a yummy variety.
We had a cheeky glass of Prosecco each which went down lovely with the Italian starter foods, and then tucked into our main meals. I opted for the Crab and Lobster Tortellini from the Studded Pasta section, which came with a creamy spinach and red chilli saffron sauce. The portion size was just ideal, with a generous portion of crab and lobster stuffed inside the pasta parcels, making it a delicious meal. My guest opted for the Spaghetti with King Prawns main, which came with spinach, red onion and red chilli in a tomato and garlic sauce. It had a nice little kick to it, and the king prawns were full and juicy, so we were happy all round with our choices. I have to say that I would love to come back again and try out the pizza’s. I had previously ate pizza the night before so resisted the selection, but they sounded delightful: Posh Pepperoni (Salami milano, calabrese sausage, salsiccia piccante pepperoni, prosciutto, Sweet roquito chilli peppers, rocket, grana padano , mozzarella and tomato) Prawn and Salmon (king prawns and oak-roasted salmon, red onion, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, crushed chillies, béchamel sauce, pesto and mozzarella. Finished with lemon dressed rocket) and Pulled Pork (fennel infused pork, pancetta, red onion, sunblushed tomatoes, mushrooms, sage, mozzarella and tomato) – how yummy do they sound if you are a pizza appreciator like me?
We gave the desserts a miss, however I have experienced the Banana and Nutella Calezone style dessert when I ate at another Prezzo branch, which I can only describe as absolute dessert heaven. What I particularly liked about this restaurant is that sometimes you can go to an Italian with a group of friends and feel a little overwhelmed with the over indulgence of pizza and pasta, but Prezzo offers an extensive list of super-food salads, risottos and grilled meats and fish, making it an all rounder for the entire group.
Overall, an affordable and charming Italian eatery I’d recommend for those looking for a new place to dine in the city.