Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar

Creative Tourist

Podcast: Salvi’s owner, Festa Italiana head honcho, and stalwart of the Manchester food scene Maurizio Cecco has announced his brand-new podcast Becoming a Manc; a sneak peek behind the scenes of the hospitality industry via a series of honest and open conversations with the owners of some of the city’s best concepts, brands, and venues. The first three-episode mini-series is out now and you can find it here.

Restaurant: Salvis is one of Manchester’s most highly-regarded Italian restaurants, and for good reason. The menu features all the classics of the Mediterranean coastline, from pizza to pasta to risotto, with a few surprises along the way.

We begin with a salami and mozzarella sharing board – world famous, as the menu states. Three varieties of milky white cheese: Bufala, smoked Provola and Burrata. The Bufala is as good as mozzarella gets, tangy and stringy, delicious and almost like an edible fabric. The smoked Provola is more divisive – my dining partner loves it, but I find it slightly overpowering, rather like a burnt tennis ball. Not awful by any means, but certainly an acquired taste. The Burafa is superb. Soft and milky, on the verge of reverting back to curds and whey. The accompanying meats and roasted vegetables are excellent too, but this platter is all about the cheeses.

Soffietti, mini pizza balls, tomatoes & basil

We follow this with the soffietti, an impossibly addictive bowl of pizza dough balls, puffy and hot, sprinkled with cheese, tomatoes and basil. Something so simple shouldn’t be so fantastic. It’s hard to resist grabbing handful after handful of these soft pillowy nibbles, especially when there are so many of them.

A showcase dish you won’t find anywhere else in Manchester

After such hearty starters, we’re almost too full for the mains. But the Salsiccia Napoletana is too perfect, packed with huge bold flavours, thick strips of soft aubergine, diced celery and wonderfully-spiced Italian sausage. It’s a showcase dish you won’t find anywhere else in Manchester.

Salsiccia Napoletana, grilled Italian sausage, caponate

The seafood risotto is just as spectacular. A big jumbled pile of soft saffron-tinged rice, dotted with thick fresh prawns, sliced squid, clams and mussels. Nothing pre-frozen, nothing over-cooked, everything is prepared with pinpoint attention to detail, using the finest produce available in the city. The only negative is that by this point our bellies are too full to finish the lot.

Seafood risotto

Salvi’s is one of a kind. It stands apart in the Corn Exchange, hidden underground, far removed from all the chain restaurants and smash-and-grab diners. This unassuming but loveable space is one of Manchester’s true hidden gems with wonderfully-cheery staff who know all too well how good their food is, and are damn proud of it. It’s not just the best Italian restaurant in Manchester, it’s hard to think of a better Italian eatery in the whole of the North.


Limoncello Event reviewed by Chris Patrick

The last time I went to the Triangle – which is now called the Corn Exchange – it was in order to hang out with other sweaty, leather-jacketed youths and exchange boring opinions about music. Time’s winged chariot thunders by – and now, probably about a decade later, I enter the same location to find it converted into a big, open, airy space with lots of glass and polished metal and nice places to eat, within easy reach of your office.

Salvi’s takes centre stage, a ‘terrazzo’, like an outdoor place but indoors, with a crew of smart-suited waiters serving drinks. Nearby they have a sit-down restaurant and deli. Various sensualists had been attracted to the Terrazzo having heard a rumour about some special Limoncello that was on offer there.

This is real Limoncello, from Capri and so far only available at Salvi’s

It was offered first in the form of a cocktail, mixed with prosecco and tonic water. It was not astringent but relaxing, with mint to give it an edge, and a soft, cloudy base. You could see the various sensualists sipping, thinking, adjusting their ideas about what Limoncello was for.

The Brand Expert, a real Italian, took to the stage to explain what was going on. This is real Limoncello, from Capri – and so far only available at Salvi’s – 100% natural and made from special lemons. The lemons are larger than normal, and after growing slowly through the winter covered in tarpaulins, the peel is taken off having absorbed a year of Capri atmosphere and diffused in alcohol for a long time. There are no colourants, no aromas – just pure lemon.

At this point shots of neat Limoncello were handed out. I noticed it burning through the sinus nicely. Never mind that the day was overcast, you could tell this would work well outside on a hot day. Unlike me. The stuff on its own really had the essence of lemon, syrupy, drinkable. Chilled, never frozen.

There are no colourants, no aromas – just pure lemon

The expert continued. The liqueur was invented by a dignitary of Capri for use as an after-dinner drink at her appointments, and the company is now owned by her grandson. You need to look out for the special trademark. The company’s visit to Manchester was to promote the use of Limoncello in long drinks, which you could either make at home or, get Salvi’s to make for you, as they assuredly know what they’re about.

I will offer my readers a slight warning – this is strong stuff, and I noticed I had developed sea-legs as I walked away. Fair enough: Capri is an island in the sun, and full of real Limoncello as I was, I could almost fancy that the persistent ‘spring’ rain of Manchester, funnelling down the sooty sides of old buildings, was a sparkling waterfall under a cloudless sky. If you’re still a few years off being able to afford property on the island – no shame in that – come along to Salvi’s in the meantime and experience what I consider to be the new contender in the world of liqueurs.

22b, The Corn Exchange, Corporation StManchesterM4 3TR View map
Telephone: 0161 222 8021 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Friday10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Sunday11:00am - 10:00pm

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

What's on near Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar

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
ActivityManchester
Beyond the Music 2024

Hear directly from the people powering the music industry in both Manchester and the UK, as well as witnessing some of the North’s upcoming talent at Beyond the Music.

from £16.75
Until
MusicManchester
Open Deck at Band on the Wall

Bring your records for a spin at our Open Deck session this Saturday! If you’ve bought some new vinyl from a local record shop this week, just show your receipt at the bar to get yourself a free 9” pizza!

Where to go near Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar

The National Football Museum Manchester
Manchester
Museum
National Football Museum

The National Football Museum is now open to the public, ready to show off its impressive array of football-related exhibits and activities.

Cathedral Quarter
Restaurant
Mamucium

High-class restaurant next to Victoria Station in Manchester, and attached to Hotel Indigo. Famed for steaks.

Chetham’s Library in Long Millgate in Manchester
Manchester
Library
Chetham’s Library

Chetham’s Library is one of the must-sees of any visit to Manchester. The library was founded in 1653, and is the oldest public library in the world – but the building dates back even further, to 1421.

Manchester
Restaurant
eden Manchester

eden is a brand-new botanical inspired all-day dining, drinking and entertainment destination based in The Printworks.

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.

Skof by Tom Barnes
Manchester
Restaurant
Skof by Tom Barnes

One of the year’s biggest restaurant launches, Skof comes to Manchester’s Noma district, headed up by star of Simon Rogan’s restaurants, chef Tom Barnes.

Manchester
Event venue
Federation House

Federation House in Manchester is a pop-up project space that provides opportunities for artists, artist groups and artist development agencies.

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 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.

Culture Guides