Serving hot and cold traditional Italian dishes and fresh pasta in Manchester’s Shudehill district.
If you are sick of mainstream chain Italian restaurants and the sometimes not too friendly service that comes along, and are looking for somewhere with good hearty Italian food, then The Pasta Factory seems as good a place to start as any.
The Pasta Factory’s mantra is:
By using only the freshest, all-natural ingredients, we are able to let you experience an authentic Italian “piatto di pasta”. We love high quality food and drink. Good food brings all of us together, and helps us find a common point of view. We believe that one of the greatest family moments happens around a dinner table. Our target audience is everyone: whether you are here to buy or sit down to enjoy a meal, we want this to be your place. We want you to be comfortable, happy, and satisfied by every visit.
Opening at the end of 2015 in the upcoming and buzzy area of Shudehill by a group of friends from Turin, The Pasta Factory has been tempting diners into their welcoming restaurants with a small menu full of rich and tasty dishes like gnocchi and ravioli.
To begin with, we were recommended the panelle con salsa rustica – a chickpea fritter topped with tomato salsa and drizzled with cashew cream. With only three fritters leaving you wanting more, they are full of flavour and the perfect starter – light, tasty and leaves you wanting more.
As tasty as the appetisers were, the fresh and homemade pasta was what I came for and was eager to try. First mushroom, garlic, parsley and cashew filled ravioli dressed in a creamy black truffle and porcini sauce. The sauce was so powerful that a bit of Parmesan cheese on top was needed to counter the strength of the truffle.
We also chose the special of green potato gnocchi sauteed with pea and asparagus, served on a Gorgonzola fondue and topped with crumbled, aged blue cheese. A dish was full of flavour and creamy sauce with a crunch of the asparagus. The blue cheese is fragrant, but not overpowering.
Finished off with a Moka pot of coffee for two and Italian chocolates, which didn’t taste too strong like espressos usually do – it was perfect and very smooth.
From the get-go, you aren’t left feeling anxious if you don’t read Italian and find menus too much as the staff are very attentive and helpful. They explained the different dishes, showed you the kinds of pasta and explained the process of how they would cook the meals, which made myself and my guest excited to try!
Pasta is one of the most popular foods possible (especially with students!), but The Pasta Factory takes it to a new level of culture and flavour, transporting me to the shores of Italy on a hot summer evening.
The Pasta Factory
77 Shudehill, Manchester M4 4AN
0161 222 9250