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Go Italy review

George Carr finds a casual dining place worth seeking out in Piccadilly Gardens

Published on April 30th 2009.

Go Italy review

Go Italy is an odd name.

It sounds like a travel agent: or a chant from a group of American high-school kids who’ve decided to support the Italian football team.

What the name doesn’t do in its cheery low-brow way is accord with the venue itself. Go Italy is a stylish, design-heavy cracker of quick-in, quick-out place on Parker Street. Just to get the geography straight that’s the street contained by the north side of the Piccadilly buildings facing the buses and the tram lines. The decor incorporates a good use of colour with dramatic bands of black and white. The main serving area, the focus of the operation, has cleverly been turned into the main visual feature.

I short, Go Italy looks and feels like a bright, finger on the pulse, sort of place. It’s open from 8am-2am and it’s popular. Very popular. The photos on this page show the queues at lunchtime.

When you read the attendant bumf though - about how the pizza in its various 7”, 9” and 11” formats only takes 60 seconds to prepare - then doubts set in. Is it all going to be a rush job?

The answer is no. I ordered a chorizo pizza of a reasonable 9” and added sun-blush tomatoes and black olives. I was given a ticket and waited. I set my watch in a pedantic nerd like way on a sixty second countdown. On about 59 seconds the pizza arrived.

It was very, very good. A tight, firm, thin base, lush tomato and mozzarella spread, a decent quality chorizo and that inspired (of course this was my input) addition of sun-blush tomatoes and black olives. Excellent. My dining companion had a spicy beef pizza with peppers and was as happily satisfied as I was.

Prices are extraordinary, the three sizes of pizza coming in at, respectively, £2.95, £4.95, £5.95. There are other food stuffs as well including baguettes, hot or cold, for £3.45. A guy on the table next to me was enjoying the New York Club baguette with pepperoni and beef. I walked over, pushed him to one side, and with a fork gently and forensically spread the contents over a plate and decided it was a winner. Politely thanking him I walked back to my seat. Ok I did nothing of the sort but the baguette looked excellent.

There are a couple of varieties of Italian beer and wine for sale but I went for the San Pellegrino lemonade which did the job.

Go Italy is a striking addition to the fast food, casual dining options of the city centre, offering well put together, well thought through food, at exceptional prices.

It’s spick, span, clean and efficient. The pizzas are babes.

Venues are rated against the best examples of their kind: fine dining against the best fine dining, cafes against the best cafes. Following on from this the scores represent: 1-5 saw your leg off and eat it, 6-9 get a DVD, 10-11 if you must, 12-13 if you’re passing,14-15 worth a trip,16-17 very good, 17-18 exceptional, 19 pure quality, 20 perfect. More than 20: Gordo gets carried away

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Go Anywhere But ItalyApril 30th 2009.

Keaneo, by any chance would you work at Go Italy? 14.5 is generous but i surpose they do advertise with you guys and that seems to buy you a few points.

Crazy DiamondApril 30th 2009.

Go Anywhere But Italy, by any chance you don't happen to work for a competitor - boring!! Just because someone is saying they enjoy it don't instantly dismiss it as them working there. It could just simply be a punter who genuinely enjoys the food. It does happen you know! We are always so quick to be negative and talk about a bad experience rather than good one. It then doesn't help when people do speak positively and you have neg heads like you bringing it down. And as Kevin says they are decent pizzas.

KevinApril 30th 2009.

Dear Go Anywhere But Italy, it's 14.5 out of 20 rated against the best of it's kind you numpty. Read the paragraph under the scores. And they are decent pizzas.

davidApril 30th 2009.

Youve done it again havent you ,STOP IGNORING CROMA Go and review the Prestwich outlet its top, go on a sunday night and listen to the live jazz have great pizza ,good wine reasonable prices and easy parking. Its a great night out.

AnonymousApril 30th 2009.

quick, put your tinfoil hat on mate, it's all a conspiracy!

KeaneoApril 30th 2009.

Love this place! Its amazing, surprised at the low staff rating they are usually great. I'm in this place every week and still haven't managed to try everything on the menu. They do fresh pasta which is also a winner!

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