JUST when you thought Gino d’Acampo had cornered the market in all things Italian around Exchange Square (with due respect to the superior Salvi’s Corn Exchange offering) another Italian is imminent in the Arndale’s new £11m dining quarter Halle Place.
WOLF is the name. Its selling point: “blending traditional Italian street food classics with stimulating new flavours, using the finest ingredients from the best locally sourced suppliers.”
Based on the ground floor in Halle Place, WOLF will serve an all-day menu and will also offer a ‘WOLF in the Office’ delivery menu for city centre businesses. Alongside freshly made pasta and salads we like the look of its signature dish Piada – a thin crust Italian rolled flatbread. With each base, customers will have a choice of meat, dressing and vegetables/salad items with the option to go large for an extra pound. The chicken version is pictured above.
Breakfast offers (no surprises here) smashed avocado and smoked salmon pots, poached or scrambled eggs, frittatas with a choice of toppings and granola, as well as a selection of classic rolls, including egg, bacon and sausage.
Sourced from WOLF’S Northern butchery, all meats are free range and marinated on site for 24hrs. Seasonal vegetables are sourced daily from local producers and cut and prepped on site.
The Manchester Arndale venue is WOLF’S fifth site, following on from openings in Reading, Leeds and Chiswick. Owner Tim Entwistle, a Bolton boy, explained: “Coming from the Manchester area, I’ve always wanted to open a WOLF here but have been waiting for the right opportunity and Halle Place felt like the perfect location for the brand. We pride ourselves on our homemade sauces and we’re looking forward to introducing our Piada dish, which is essentially an Italian version of a burrito and is incredibly popular at our other sites.”
WOLF will open from 9am and close to tie in with Manchester Arndale’s closing times. It has an alcohol license and will offer a selection of Italian beers and wines.