You don’t have to look far in Manchester to find a place that’s owned by a footballer. After all Manchester IS football. So when I heard about a restaurant owned by former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand, I wasn’t sure if I’d just be faced with yet another pretentious eatery. So whilst I did find myself looking around for a famous face (there were one or two) I was far more interested in the delicious dishes being served.
|Marble decor at Rosso
Housed in a grade II listed building off King Street in Spring Gardens, Rosso certainly makes an impression when you step inside. Decked in marble from floor to ceiling, I felt as if I was walking into an art gallery or museum rather than a restaurant. The bar area, directly in front as you enter, was already full when we arrived but despite being early we were seated promptly.
The theme of the restaurant is white, from the flowers to the waiters and the menu, which gives the place a clean, light and spacious feel (although not so great if your clumsy like me and spill your food everywhere).
For starters the boyfriend and I shared the Filoncino; a rolled pizza bread with spinach, Calabrese sausage, garlic with a spicy tomato sauce. The sauce as a subtle kick to it but personally I would have liked more filling inside the pizza bread as it tasted a little doughy. However, I did like the large portion size with the bread sliced into 6 pieces that made it great for sharing. I wouldn’t have chosen this one as a starter though if I was then going to go on and have one of their pizzas as well.
Instead, I opted for the Pappardelle Con Polpette di Cervo, which consisted of ribbons of egg pasta with venison meatballs braised in red wine topped with Parmesan. The pappardelle ribbons were thin and light and the meatballs were delicious with a slight hint of cinnamon.
The boyfriend had the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara which I also tried. The sauce was cheesy but not thick or heavy and the pasta tasted fresh and light. This dish also came in a choice of either small or main.
For dessert I wimped out slightly and avoided the more unusual sounding offerings for one of my favourites, profiteroles. The 3 profiteroles came with a lovely toffee mascarpone and hot chocolate sauce and were just enough to be filling without being sickly.
In terms of price, you’re expected to pay more than your average Italian restaurant which I suspect is partly down to the surroundings and the famous name attached to the place.
Add drinks and a service charge and our bill came in at just over £60.00
If you’re heading out for a special occasion then I’d definitely recommend Rosso but if it’s just your bog-standard meal out n a Friday or Saturday night you’re looking for then my advice would be to try many of the cheaper Italian restaurants in Manchester city centre that offer just as good quality food and service.