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Manchester’s best Italian chefs gather round “Festa Fiat” to celebrate Festa Italiana Line Up.

Friday 23rd of June till 25th June Manchester will get its first Italian Festival - Festa Italiana.

Chefs from all of the restaurants involved in the Festival will be descending on Cathedral Gardens, alongside the official Festival automobile the Festa Fiat, to launch the official countdown to Manchester’s very first Festa Italiana!

Festa Italiana will transform Cathedral Gardens into Manchester’s own “Little Italy” for the weekend, with a programme of events and activity all devoted to Italian culture. The event will recreate the atmosphere of festivals in Italy where the community comes together to socialise, enjoy great food, drink and listen to live music.

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So what’s in store?


Food, that most celebrated part of Italian culture, and the most important part of life in Italy, will of course be central to the proceedings.

Feasting opportunities will come courtesy of Manchester’s best Italian restaurants who will be providing the main dining options at the Festival –serving up the very best Italian cuisine, in one place, for the first time at the Festival very own fine Italian food court. Deliciously decadent participants include: Salvi’s - serving the very finest Neapolitan produce

San Carlo Cicchetti – serving Porcetta Gino D’acampo “My Restaurant” serving fresh homemade ravioli

Proove, West Didsbury serving Wood Fired Pizza

Piccolino’s serving gelato

Cabrelli Brothers serving Aperol Spritz sorbet

These will be complimented by the very best Italian street food operators including Tigellae (the travelling Trattoria, serving arancini, charctuerie) , Mr Roll (serving Sicilian dishes), Pasta Project (serving fresh pasta) and I Knead Pizza (serving wood fired pizza).

The Italian food market will be a heavenly mix of authentic producers, many of whom will be visiting Manchester especially for the Festival. There’ll be meats, cheeses, oils, wines, gelato, Prosecco, focaccia, cakes, pasta and more.

There will even be a resurrection of the 20-metre-pizza that Salvi’s created on Albert Square for Manchester Food and Drink Festival in October 2016. This time the ambition is to beat the last record and for 50 metres of pizzas to be devoured! The spectacle will be happening at 2pm on Sunday and Salvi’s will need lots of hungry helpers to demolish it.

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There’ll be no shortage of fine Italian beverages to enjoy. Festival sponsors, Aperol will be hosting an Aperol Spritz Bar complete with moped seats, hammocks and more.

Moretti & Peroni are getting in on the action too, both partners to the Festival and running beer bars. Peroni will be specializing in their Peroni Ambra fruit beer.

There’ll also be a dedicated Limoncello bar, Prosecco bar – and a San Pellegrino bar for those choosing not to have a tipple.

And so much more....

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