Greater Manchester is certainly not short of great Italian restaurants. You'll find old school places with white tablecloths, impressive wine lists and excellent service as well as more rustic representatives, big on pasta and regional specialities.
All these places serve wonderful plates of pasta as well as traditional fish and meat dishes. Most do wonderful pizza too, but we've decided to do a separate chart for the pick of Manchester's cutting edge pizza joints that are run with a particular passion for dough and toppings.
Many of these Italian restaurants have more than one branch, eg. San Carlo which covers Cicchetti, Bottega, Fumo and Fiorentino Hale as well as outposts beyond the Greater Manchester borders.
Here's our pick of the best Italian restaurants around Greater Manchester that we think are absolutely worth a visit.