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Salvi's Opens New Restaurant And The Best Veggie Dish In MCR

Jonathan Schofield with good foodie news

Written by . Published on March 25th 2014.


Salvi's Opens New Restaurant And The Best Veggie Dish In MCR
 

THIS IS good news.

Salvi's, the Corn Exchange purveyor of delicious, delectable and delightful southern Italian food, is opening another unit on John Dalton Street in three weeks time. 

Many operators come into Manchester - or expand in the city - and say much the same. But with Salvi's Corn Exchange we have proof that this lot deliver. 

This will occupy the old greasy spoon cafe site opposite Restaurant Bar and Grill. It will be round the corner from Grill on the Alley and just across from where Bill's Restaurant, the well-regarded operator from the south, is currently fitting out. Jack Spratt's is up the road and a proper pub, the Ape and Apple, is almost in touching distance. Variety is the spice of life.

Salvi's CucinaSalvi's Cucina

Salvi's is one of the city's best operators and will be the icing on the cake for the area.

The current unit in the Corn Exchange can lay claim to being the best small dining establishment in the city. 

The key is the freshness of the classic Italian food from the Mezzogiorno. The sourcing of mozzarella, the hams, the cheeses and the wines makes for a rewarding visit every time. The simple pasta dishes are just as you'd find in a Neapolitan sidestreet.  

Food to swoon over

Food to swoon over

A recent parmigiana (eaten on Monday evening) was the best veggie dish I've had in the city for at least a year. The layers of aubergine with cheese sandwiched in the middle and covered in an exquiste tomato based sauce was so light and yet so rich with flavour it made you smile and sigh as you ate. People stared. 

The only issue has been cooking times in the existing unit which doesn't have a kitchen as such, just preparation equipment crammed into one end of the counter. 

On John Dalton Street the kitchen will take pride of place as a piece of theatre in the centre of the still modestly scaled restaurant of 48 covers. Salvi's has also taken the unit on the other side of the photograph shop, see picture below, which will operate in tandem with its next but one sister, and will open a couple of weeks after its sibling. 

Salvi's Cucina - has taken both units on each side of the Photo shop

Salvi's Cucina - has taken both units on each side of the Photo shop

Maurizio Salvi, the proprietor, tells Confidential: "I want to deliver a proper street restaurant from Naples with Salvi's Cucina. Very genuine food, with the best ingredients. Pizza, pasta dishes, timed to perfection. Lots of life, lots of activity, but keeping the quality our customers love at the Corn Exchange."

The proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say.

Many operators come into Manchester - or expand in the city - and say the same. But with Salvi's Corn Exchange we have proof that this lot deliver. 

Two or three years ago Confidential came up with the expression YAFI meaning 'Yet Another Fucking Italian'. This reflected the deluge of the sub-standard Italian/Mediterranean restaurants.

Salvi's is not a YAFI, it's RFD - the real fucking deal.

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Bill's Restaurant is moving in more or less opposite Salvi's Cucina

Bill's Restaurant is moving in more or less opposite Salvi's Cucina

The new siteThe new site

Salvi'sSalvi's

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

HJMarch 25th 2014.

Fabulous news. One of the best operators in the city

AnonymousMarch 25th 2014.

The parmigiana is excellent. And don't forget the coffee either

Elliott CohenMarch 25th 2014.

sorry i don't know what area the new restaurant is

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Hero
GordoMarch 25th 2014.

On John Dalton street, sixty yards down from Albert square, twenty from Dansgate

Karl WheatMarch 25th 2014.

I used to love the Turkish cafe that was here, Konak. What happened to that place? This should be good anyway. Closer to my work and where I live than the Corn Exchange one.

AnonymousMarch 25th 2014.

Love Salvis...cannot wait to go to the restaurant!

AnonymousMarch 25th 2014.

Great news. If it's anything like as good as the similarly named Salvo's in Leeds, they'll be onto a winner.

StephenMarch 25th 2014.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but that meal wasn't a veggie one. Parmesan cheese isn't vegetarian. It contains animal rennet. I make that dish with a veggie alternative to Parmesan, but in my experience Italians tend to frown upon the use of non "authentic" ingredients. So my money would be on that dish not being vegetarian. Same goes for meals that contain pesto.

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KathydroganMarch 25th 2014.

Get a life Stephen I take it you are single ???

StephenMarch 25th 2014.

No, I'm not single. And my life is great, you'll be pleased to hear.

Henry VMarch 26th 2014.

Oh God, a veggie weirdo. Thankfully,Italians think vegetarians are idiots. Look, It hasn't got a F***** T-Bone steak on top of it, so its a VEGGIE Dish

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

My neighbour is a veggie and she eats all manner of cheeses.

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

Wow. Some people get surprisingly angry about other people choosing not to eat things.

StephenMarch 26th 2014.

I know anonymous, they do go over the top. I'm a "weirdo" and they are "foodies" so it goes. Oddly though, face to face, nobody has ever taken me to task over my choice of food intake.

AnonymousJuly 17th 2014.

HENRY V There are plenty of Italian vegetarians. "Italians think vegetarians are idiots". You've been watching too many Dolmio adverts.

AnonymousMarch 25th 2014.

Don't you mean it isn't vegan?

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AnonymousMarch 25th 2014.

No, he doesn't. Rennet is made from the stomach of newly born calves which contains some sort of enzyme. Hence it is possible to have vegetarian or non-vegetarian cheese.

Henry VMarch 26th 2014.

Oh My God *holds head in hands*

MaurizioMarch 25th 2014.

Hi just to clarify, Salvi's make there Parmigiana the following way, fried aubergine with egg and flour, buffalo mozzarella in the centre and our homemade tomato sauce. Parmesan isn't used this is the option of the customer,hope this helps.

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FoodieMarch 25th 2014.

Sorry to burt your bubble but it's isn't buffalo mozarella but buffala mozarella zzzzzzzzzzzz

MaurizioMarch 25th 2014.

and the point......

AnonymousMarch 25th 2014.

Jonathan - dont you mean this was the best vegetable you've tasted since the last time you tasted a vegetable. Which was approximately a year ago. Why don't you get a veggie reviewer to go and eat with you to provide your readers with an alternative review of places.

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FoodieMarch 25th 2014.

Because nobody care?

MaurizioMarch 25th 2014.

clearly people do care !! Foodie !!

Jonathan Schofield - editorMarch 26th 2014.

In a three weeks we'll have the Best of MCR...Vegetarian Restaurants on the site recommended by vegetarians

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

Good to hear Jonathan. It'd be a shame if this was a one off special though. Veggie reviews are a relatively untapped market.

Hero
GordoMarch 26th 2014.

Jonathan, discuss veggie reviweing with me please, Danger Danger! remeber what Tim Bacon said about Veggies!

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

...said Gordo giggling and whispering like a school girl.

John EggelingMarch 25th 2014.

Great news !!!! Will there be a deli at the new restaurant? Whenever I stop off at the Corn Exchange I usually buy some plain or smoked mozarella, maybe some pecorino romano, or whatever. When I eat in John Dalton Street I hope I can do the same. Can't wait to see what you have to offer.

AVOMarch 25th 2014.

Looked at the website for Bill's Restaurant. Menu looks pretty vanilla and uninspiring to me. Hope Salvi's is as good as the Triangle one. Was there when it first opened and the Italian guys from the Ducati store were in sipping coffee and speaking their mother tongue. Cool motherfuckers.

Hugh JanusMarch 25th 2014.

If you're selling Parmigiana with no parmesan cheese then sure as eggs are eggs it's not a parmigiana?

MaurizioMarch 25th 2014.

Hugh are you Italian ????

MaurizioMarch 25th 2014.

We catered for a customer who wanted a vegetarian Itailan dish I do not understand the hate !!!

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Henry VMarch 26th 2014.

Maurizio, welcome to the world of Mancon Veggie Weirdos. They are like those tiny dogs that yap all the time. When not warning the world about the shocking dangers of Fracking and fumbling with the flies on their dungarees, they are whinging about what makes a vegetarian dish. Who gives a flying puck?

StephenMarch 26th 2014.

Henry, I'm six foot, two inches. Nobody has ever likened me to a small animal. And this is a Food and Drink web page. So I'm guessing that people who come here of give a flying whatsit about the ingredients of the dishes they eat.

MaurizioMarch 25th 2014.

Parmigiana does not mean parmesan cheese I think there is some confusion !!!! it is aubergine fried with eggs it is a dish made in naples>> parmesan is cheese ok !!!

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StephenMarch 25th 2014.

Parmigiana Melanzane does traditionally contain Parmesan cheese though. Of that there is absolutely no confusion.

Napoli FoodieMarch 25th 2014.

giusta la teoria del sig. maurizio l'esperienza e la conoscenza del mangiar bene non e per tutti e qualquno lo sta dimostrando

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FoodieMarch 27th 2014.

Si

Mrs LMarch 25th 2014.

To hear that Salvis is opening a restaurant is fabulous news! My husband and I live in Leeds and make the 80 mile round journey once every 2 weeks to dine at the current deli, we will definitely be regulars at the new restaurant. The reason we travel so far is simple the food at Salvis is the best and most authentic example of great Italian cuisine we have found outside of Italy, great fresh dishes, lots of choice of wines and prossecco and the staff there are so welcoming. Maurizio are you taking reservations yet for opening week?

Louise WatsonMarch 26th 2014.

Looking forward to the new restaurant opening, the food is excellent and the staff are always so friendly,, I too would like to know if you will be taking bookings..?

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

Salvi's is a good operator no doubt. Just come back from Newcastle, my city of origin, where they've opening an American bar/restaurant and recently opened an independent Japanese restaurant, local classy Turkish place and a Persian restaurant... now Manchester about your variety in the city centre. Manchester needs to stop trying to lure chains, have some variety in the cuisine it offers. It's very 'samey'.

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

Also are they turning Corn Exchange into a permanent indoor market. Manchester desperately needs that. Something like the Grainger Market in Newcastle... but maybe more similar to the ones in central Stockholm and Madrid. No more chain shops Manchester council.

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

Very much looking forward to this

AnonymousMarch 27th 2014.

Just been tweeted it's closing for good on Saturday "Jack Spratt's is up the road"

AnonymousMarch 29th 2014.

Glad someone taking over that unit..I loved it when it was a plain old caf.

Elizabeth BelvedereJune 8th 2014.

Did this place open??

AnonymousDecember 1st 2014.

I am delighted I will find this amazing place as we move to Manchester soon we have spent years travelling southern Italy and Sicily and I am sure this place will be a great success

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