You can if you wish, go to San Rocco, tucked away in King Street West, by the side of what will always be for me, adopted Mancunian, no matter where I live, arrived in 1959, Kendals, to gaze at celebs. I prefer to concentrate on the food, although it is reassuring to notice the photo gallery on the wall which show Pavarotti, Capello, Ferdinand and a plethora of unidentifiable lithe young clearly celeb women with smiles on their faces.
I have been to San Rocco many times over the years since it first opened while I was a physocs prof at the University, liviong at the other end of Deansgate in an 1833 warehouse which I think is now a radio station.
In San Rocco, you get the Italian experience. All the staff are Italian and hence enthusiastic and friendly. I like it because the place is always lively and busy, any time of the day. You can walk in lunch or dinner during the week and even when it looks full, there will probably be a table tucked away for you. I suspect that Thurs, Fri, Sat evening, it might be best to book.
I had grilled whole sea bass on my last vist (mid Oct 2013) and I ahve to say, i have to say, it was the best bass I have had in year. Mrs Fillet ordered a "Aberdeenshire Fillet" and I can only quote her, as the most expert of fillet appreciaters I have ever known: "I began to have doubts when they replaced my knife with a machete and the doubts were intensified when I noticed that the fillet had been already cut into thin slices." It was red but it was far too tough for a fillet. They need to have a long talk with their butcher. I know they know, otherwise you would not supply a machete to cut a fillet. It should be as the Germans say: "Butterweich".
We had the house Gavi, a good choice. I like Piedmont wines. Be careful and pay attention when you order wine because you might get hustled, where the emphasis is on the wine and the price is not mentioned. Having ordered hosue Gavi, I got brought a Gavi costing 3 times as much and fortunately, I was alert to it. Browns in Albemarle Street in London also pull this stunt so I wont blame SR too much. Caveat potator.
I will be back. Of course i will.
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