“A Small Slice of Neapolitan Life to the Heart of Manchester”
Tucked away behind the equally mouthwatering deli, Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar in Manchester’s Corn Exchange offers the cheese aficionado an antipasti to get excited about
Review by Catherine Ferguson
I recently read an article which said, “Manchester is blessed with a bloody load of Italian restaurants.” Whilst slightly dubious about the way in which it was expressed, I couldn’t argue with the sentiment. To stand out in the crowd, an Italian in Manchester really needs to be on top of his game.
Since setting up Salvi’s Deli in 2011, Neapolitan, Maurizo Cecco, has become something of a stalwart for foodies in the city centre on the hunt for hand-picked, authentic Italian ingredients. It’s no accident that the Mozzarella bar and restaurant can only be accessed via a wiggly route through the Deli. The Deli is bursting with colour and bustling with the after-work crowd, hunting for dinner ingredients. With herby, tomato scents and the faint sounds of Italian chatter floating up the helter skelter staircase from the restaurant, close your eyes and you really could be in Italy.
With their aim of bringing a “small slice of Neapolitan life to the heart of Manchester,” Salvi’s sharing boards are gaining notoriety across the city. We were in luck when we visited – a fresh batch of Mozzarella had arrived from Campania that very morning. We opted for the the Tagliere di 3 Salumi e 3 Mozzarella, which was something of an aesthetic delight, laden with all sorts of salami, hams, Mediterranean vegetables, home baked garlic ciabatta and, of course, the famous cheeses.
All Salvi’s Mozzarellas are DOP (Dominatzio Oringin Protect), marking them out as some of the few authentic Buffalo Mozzarella producers. The platter is a little on the large side, so if you can finish nothing else, the smoked Provola has to be your go-to cheese. It’s an explosion of Italian creaminess and Bavarian smokiness all in one. A little whisper in our ears told us that we also had to try the Soffietti (fried mini Pizza balls with tomato and Basil). They were incredibly sinful, but unbelievably delicious. Move over Pizza Express doughballs, your work here is done.
With no desire to break from tradition and an inability decide between the two, I chose seafood pasta, while my friend took Salvi’s pizza with asparagus, mushrooms and aubergines. Both were pleasant, but neither had quite the wow factor of the antipasti.
Salvi’s has an impressive Italian wine list, which complements the menu pretty damn well. In truth, this is Salvi’s forte, good wine and great nibbles; perfect for a little after-work indulgence, and, if you’re anything like me, after a glass or two of Prosecco, you won’t be able to resist picking up a few deli treats on your way out.
Enquiries: Salvi’s, Unit 1, Corn Exchange, Manchester M4 3TR / 01612 228021 / https://salvismanchester.co.uk/