Following Westminster’s teasing out of the new road map, Manchester’s bars and restaurants are starting to look to the spring with renewed hope. Behind the scenes, plans are also underway for some big new openings in the city centre this summer. For now, though, we’re still on a takeaway hype. With that in mind, here are our picks for the week.

Two-fisted Italian American hoagie sarnies

Up north we have a lot of names for bread rolls, but the hoagie is a distinctly American denomination. Now newcomer Bada Bing Sandwich Deli is bringing them to Manchester. Inspired in part by New York’s famous Italian American deli sandwiches and in part by owner’s Sam (previously of Another Heart To Feed) and Meg’s obsession with The Sopranos, there’s five options on the menu to choose from. Open weekends only.

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A gravy taco pop-up in the Northern Quarter

Birria Brothers Tacos are due to land for a takeover at the Koffee Pot on Saturday 6 March. Think pots of gravy (well, consommé) on the side, think 8-hour slow-cooked shin of beef stew in soft corn tacos, stuffed with all this plus Oaxaca cheese. If that’s not got you drooling yet, they’re also fried before being topped with more stew. Naughty.

Chocolate pizzas, naturally leavened in the Neapolitan style

Italian pizzaiola Alan Marck first learnt to throw dough at his Dad’s restaurant before honing his skills at Manchester pizzerias Rudy’s and Double Zero. Now he’s opened his own, Prato Pizza. A fan of the long fermentation, his new range of Neapolitan pizzas under even includes a chocolate option. Find them in Ardwick.

A new fresh pasta shop in Alderley Edge from the team behind Les Deux

From the team behind Les Deux pizza, Evelyn’s and Mughli, the dishes at Love + Flour use a mixture of fresh and dried pasta made with flavour-boosting heritage grains grown right here in the UK. Look out for the pickled chilli, lemon and crab squid ink tagliolini and eight-hour slow-cooked beef ragu.


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Indian pies from an ex-scaffolder

Ex-scaffolder Steve Patel worked in construction for eighteen years before venturing into the food world with Vaso Kitchen. Now he’s launched Patel’s Pies, combining traditional northern pie techniques with flavouring tips and tricks learnt from his Indian dad. There are three flavours on offer: lamb keema, desi chicken and aloo matar (potato and peas). To see where they’re popping up each week, just follow his Instagram.


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Mon 1 Mar - Sun 14 Mar
Georgina Pellant
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Mon 1 Mar 2021