Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant

Chris Patrick
Gino D'Acampo My Restaurant

In I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!, Gino D’Acampo was fed a fermented duck egg, black and rotten, by Ant and Dec. And also a rhino beetle and a bento box of cockroaches and worms. His was probably the most respectable and sporting of all the Bushtucker Trials, which is a credit to the man.

In a distinct and happy reversal of affairs, my visit to Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant consisted of myself and my co-reviewer being fed delicious food by Gino. Well, he wasn’t there in person, but he had still designed every dish on the menu.

The place is huge, lavish and sparkling, candlelight and low-hanging chandeliers. It’s lively but not too loud. The service is warm, enthusiastic and professional.

It’s rare to get squid cooked properly in this way

We started with the calamari and the parma ham bruschetta. The calamari fritters were coated in particularly gentle breadcrumbs and served with a very carefully blended sauce. The squid was nothing like rubber. It’s rare to get squid cooked properly in this way – but it really was all flavour and no rubber. Even the garlic bread we ordered as an accompaniment was the real thing, a soft, doughy, bread for tearing and sharing.

The notes left by my co-reviewer helpfully describe the parma ham bruschetta as ‘well presented’ and ‘very tasty’, but a man of his profession can be forgiven a taciturn style. I watched his face carefully as he ate and saw a kind of dreaminess wash over him. His notes also state that the portion was ‘nicely sized’ and that he was ‘made to feel very welcome’. Sky is blue, dog has four legs, et cetera.

For our mains – described wistfully by Gino during his session with Ant and Dec as ‘the heart of a meal’ – we went for a seafood risotto and a beef stew. I only got a chance to look at the risotto, but my co-reviewer states that it had ‘a delicious flavour’ and contained ‘a wide selection of seafood, very tasty, beautiful texture’. The rate at which he shovelled it in spoke volumes.

The richest, reddest-brownest Angus beef I’ve ever encountered

The beef stew had some of the richest, reddest-brownest Angus beef I’ve ever encountered. The heady, dusky sauce alone was just full of essence, and the meat was so tender it fell apart. This was a real ‘event’, an individual and specific beef stew. For a dish that is such a standard, this was an impressive achievement.

We had blackberry sorbet and chocolate pudding for dessert and were plied with amaretto.

At the tram stop afterwards, I watched as my co-reviewer patted his stomach and blinked into the middle distance. There is something to be said for dining with a savant. Their stock responses to decidedly top of the range food have a certain credibility to them. If he hadn’t liked it, he’d have said so.

To sum up what this restaurant is all about, I’d say picture classic Italian food and imagine it being done really, really, really well. The sort of thing that might be knocked out to order in other restaurants, this place is painstaking about. So take your savant out for a whirl sometime.

The Corn ExchangeManchesterM4 3TR View map
Telephone: 01618274200 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Tuesday12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Wednesday12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Thursday12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Friday12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Saturday12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Sunday12:00pm - 10:30pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant

the artist
MusicManchester
Waxahatchee at New Century

Mercurial singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield AKA Waxahatchee performs at New Century in support of her new album, Tigers Blood.

from £29
Until
ComedyManchester
The Comedy Vault

Every Monday night upstairs at Fierce Bar, The Comedy Vault hosts an outrageously funny open-mic night. Come and try your hand or just to watch and laugh.

free entry
Until
ComedyManchester
Comedy Balloon

Every Wednesday at Ape & Apple, Manchester’s official underground comedy club, Comedy Balloon’s friendly and warm comedy night takes place.

free entry

Where to go near Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant

Manchester
Restaurant
Döner Haus

This authentic Berlin kebab and bier haus is the latest addition to the ever-growing Corn Exchange food family.

Cathedral Quarter
Restaurant
Mowgli Street food Manchester

The Manchester branch of Mowgli, set up originally in Liverpool by celebrity YouTuber, cookbook writer and curry evangelist Nisha Katona. Mowgli brings authentic Indian street food to Manchester’s Corn Exchange.

Manchester
Restaurant
The Cosy Club

Elegant and welcoming restaurant and bar in the Corn Exchange, with an attractive domed ceiling and plenty of original features like the staircase and tiles.

City Centre
Restaurant
Gino D’Acampo My Pizza & Prosecco Bar

The celebrity chef isn’t simply known for his appearances on TV panel shows, he’s also a stellar chef, cooking the finest Italian cuisine. This bright open space brings authentic Neapolitan pizza and the best Prosecco to Manchester.

Cathedral Gardens
Cathedral Quarter
Park
Cathedral Gardens

Cathedral Gardens is a partially lawned public space in Manchester city centre, located between Manchester Cathedral and the National Football Museum.

Manchester
Event venue
Festa Italiana

The 2022 Festa Italiana was a roaring success, with great food options and captivating live music performances throughout the weekend.

Proper Tea Cathedral Quarter Mancheste
Cathedral Quarter
Café or Coffee Shop
Proper Tea

Proper Tea sits opposite Manchester Cathedral, serving up artisanal teas (with instructions on how long to leave them brewing), sandwiches, soups and excellent cake.

Culture Guides