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The Manchester Confidential Menu at San Carlo

Gordo introduces the first ever Manchester Confidential menu – and there's not a pizza in sight

Written by . Published on August 5th 2010.


The Manchester Confidential Menu at San Carlo

Confidential are on a mission to get you lot eating more adventurously in our restaurants. By coincidence I have just returned from a four-day trip from Rimini to Rome, eating in small, well regarded, family-run restaurants. I was struck yet again as to how many dishes there are in the Italian repertoire. They're ones that the Italian chefs here in Manchester are proud of, but don't show off as often as they'd like because we, as diners, tend to stick to what we know. And we finish up missing out on some fabulous stuff.

It's a pretty simple idea; you can try well-known dishes that, in San Carlo, are a world away from the average 'Italian' fare, plus others that you won't have heard of.

Given that this tends to lead to chefs giving up on the public and delivering a non-stop diet of pizza and pasta, I started to think about how we can change this.

Then during a meeting at San Carlo, the formidable Italian next to Kendals, an idea came up.

I was sitting with one of the owners, Marcello and we came up with an idea. With Marcello and his father's help, I would put my own menu together – one that represents some of the best, dishes across what is a pretty chunky 150 dish-strong menu. This menu would be included in the main menu as it is handed to diners at their table.

It's a pretty simple idea; you can try well-known dishes that, in San Carlo, are a world away from the average 'Italian' fare, plus others that you won't have heard of. You might not have eaten them before, but they're likely to become firm favourites.

This menu begins on the 4th August so skip the pizza, bin the penne, and take a look at the Manchester Confidential menu. If you want these chefs to try to excel every day, it really is up to you. Let's keep those chefs on their toes. Food in Manchester will only get better if they are as interested in cooking the dishes as we are in eating them.

The first Manchester Confidential menu chosen by me, Mark Garner, sometimes known as Gordo, is at San Carlo.

Have a look at the menu below to see what's on offer.

San Carlo Signature Menu

Starters

Tuna Carpaccio £8.95
Fresh, thinly sliced yellow fin tuna in a citrus marinade and braised fennel‘Fresh is the key word, superb quality tuna’

Melanzane Parmigiana £6.50
Sicilian aubergine, oven baked with garlic, cheese, tomato and the finest olive oil
‘Comfort food at its best, with a depth of flavour to marvel at. Lots of poor imitations of this classic, this isn’t one of them…’

Fritto Misto £8.95 per person (for a minimum of 2 people)
Deep fried calamari, prawns, scampi, scallops. Served with tartare and spicy sauce
‘Bang on freshness meets super light batter at the correct temperature: a delight’

Mozzarella San Carlo £6.75
Mozzarella in deep fried bread with garlic and anchovy sauce
‘Deceptively light, brilliantly balanced saucing. Gordo could eat three
at one sitting’

Capelli D’angelo £7.00
Very thin spaghetti, sautéed with butter, parmesan and truffle oil,
wrapped with parma ham

‘The menu’s equivalent of Coco Chanel’s little black dress; brilliant simplicity’

Mains

Saltimbocca £14.95
Typical Roman dish. Sliced veal with ham. Cooked in white wine and sage
‘Think you have had this before? Nope. You haven’t. Very, very addictive’

Tagliolini Lobster £16.95
Special pasta with lobster, brandy, tomato, cream and peas
‘Fantastic. The Sophia Loren of the menu’

Medaglione Tartufo £19.95
28 days hung fillet of beef medallions wrapped in parma ham in a
creamy truffle sauce

‘Rich, satisfying flavours with ingredients of outstanding quality’

Tonno Alla Siciliana £15.95
Tuna medallions seared in extra virgin olive oil, oregano, lemon juice,
white wine and butter

‘Flavour meets healthy Mediterranean cooking and ingredients that are ultra low fat. Arguably the best quality raw materials in the city’

Abbachio alla Romano £16.95
Welsh lamb cutlets, pan fried with garlic and rosemary
‘Really, really tasty this one; the sauce is redolent of the Italian countryside’

Dessert

Cannolo £4.95
Home made cannolo stuffed with ricotta cheese, candied fruit,
chocolate chips and Gran Marnier

‘The best dessert we have never had at Manchester Confidential; no idea it existed!’

Pana cotta £4.95
Traditional Italian cream dessert served with fresh fruit
‘We know, we know, but it is soooo lovely…’

Tiramisu £4.95
A cracker to bow out on’


Abbachio alla Romano

Capelli D'angello


Fritto Misto

Medaglione Tartufo


Melanzane Parmigiana

Cannolo


Mozzarella San Carlo

Saltimbocca


Tagliolini Lobster

Tonna Alla Siciliana


Tuna Carpaccio

Pana Cotta


Tiramisu

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