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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Italian, Pizza
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed August 4, 2020

We visited Giorgio last night and what a splendid evening we had. The food was all delicious - we all had pasta dishes and a garlic bread to start. Just for that, we would recommend visiting. However what made our night was the service we...received, from an older man we presumed was the manager - no need of ours was too much and it was a real pleasure to speak to him and be served by him. It is a real shame the restaurant is not packed full, as that is what is deserved.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed March 11, 2020

Went in here Saturday teatime and despite asking twice for the menu we saw advertised outside at £30 ahead we were told we couldn’t have it and only some pre theatre menu was available. The front of the restaurant was half empty but were asked...to stand at a bar for five minutes with no service then lead down a corridor to some cold and semi dark back part. The drinks were a rip off and Peroni worked out at £10 a pint, I had two 330ml bottles. My partner was charged £15 for two glasses of very average wine. The pre theatre meal was two courses. I tried the garlic mushrooms which were just semi raw with a watery sauce on soggy bread. I didn’t finish them. The steak was actually ok but the pepper sauce (charged £3.50 extra) for this was water thin and quite poor. This then spoilt the meal. I do want to point out that the carrots asparagas veg etc was excellent. So that’s my meal memory. I’d estimated the the bill price but no; got that totally wrong as someone had added £7 servive charge to the bill without even asking. That’s a little annoying as little service was involved to be honest. I honestly thought only devious places did that for parties of six or more. Overall a poor menu and felt really let down by the standards. We won’t visit again.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 9, 2020

Another weekend turned up, which left me and the Veggo in need of sustenance. We were still in the grips of British stormy weather – this time, I believe it was storm Dennis, but on this particular occasion we decided to venture out into Town...and either take a cab, or get wet. A quick discussion as to where we have and haven’t been lately, left us reminiscing about the more than one good meal we had eaten at Giorgio on Portland Street. It was therefore decided that this should be the place that was next to suffer a visit from the Dynamic Duo. The website was loaded onto the phone, and the reservations page was accessed, allowing us to ascertain that there was a slot available at 20-15. This time was ideal, and allowed us time to get ready and hit the streets, so the slot was duly booked. By the time we were ready to set off round to Giorgio, the weather had settled a little, and whilst it was quite blustery, it was thankfully dry. We therefore decided to walk it – I mean why wouldn’t you? My heels were only about 5 inches, so it’s not like it was going to be that awkward negotiating the undulous pavements of Manchester. Was it? Yes it was! Anyway, I made it round there with two intact ankles, so no point in worrying about what could have happened when it actually didn’t. Giorgio can be found at 131 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4PY, and like so many other bars / diners around that area is a basement / lower ground floor establishment which hovers around mid-pavement level. They brag on their website as being “one of Manchester city centre’s most loved and longest established Italian restaurants”, and having been established since 1978, who knows, this claim may be well founded. On our arrival, we descended the staircase which as it turned at the bottom, led right into the main dining area. It was busy. Immediately our host spotted us, he made a fuss, and commented that it was a while since he last saw us. It’s always nice to be welcomed in such a way – it lets the other diners know that they are on your patch! He asked us if we would go over to the bar for a couple of minutes whilst he got a table prepared for us, which we were only too glad to do, and this gave us chance to survey the situation. The situation was simple – the place was just about full! Not a bad way to be on a Saturday night. We ordered a Diet Coke for the apprentice, and I decided to go with a Peroni lager – just because I could. I am still on the healthy eating regime, but decided that a couple of beers with a meal wouldn’t cause me any harm. We stood and chatted for a short while, and were soon shown to our table where we had a bit more small talk with the boss man. We had a chuckle as we remembered the first time we had been, and we were sat right next to his reception desk. He had a toothache and was swigging copious amounts of various alcoholic pain relief throughout the evening, all the time giving us a running commentary as to the pain level at that particular moment! Anyway, that was then, and this was now, so let’s get back to the job in hand and tell you how we fared this particular visit. We already had our drinks, and we were now seated, with a menu apiece. Things were going well. The next task in hand was to choose something to eat. There is plenty of choice at Giorgio, and many of the items have the all so important “v” next to them indicating that my friend of the Vegetarian persuasion can eat them without fear. We decided that on this occasion, we would share a starter, and opted for the Pane All’Aglio Pomodoro, or in other words, Garlic bread topped with tomato and fresh basil. And very nice it was too! Plenty of tomato, and a nice firm garlicy bread. Main course for the person who shies away from all things meat consisted of Panzerotti Dello Chef - Spinach ravioli with a cheese filling, cooked in a sauce of mushrooms, fresh cream and a touch of tomato, whilst I fell madly in love with the idea of Salmone Al Burro - Salmon steak gently sautéed in rich butter, fresh lemon juice, finished off with a touch of white wine, served with new potatoes and mixed vegetables. We also shared an extra side dish of roast potatoes, all of which went down quite well! Despite the fact that the place was full, we were served our food in good time and the level of service remained first class throughout. We added a second drink as things progressed, and enjoyed the general ambience of the Restaurant. As time went on, tables did start to empty as diners continuer their nights out, but a few late comers joined us, ensuring the bubbly atmosphere continued. Once we had scraped our plates clean, we allowed the waiter to take them away, and as always, we sent nothing but used cutlery and crockery back to the kitchen. I always wonder how much attention the Chefs pay to the returning plates. If it was me, I would want to watch everyone and would use the returns level as an indication as to how I was doing. `The next job in hand was to make the all-important decision surrounding the dessert course. This can often be a two level decision. Firstly – do I have a dessert? Secondly – which one do I choose? It is never an easy situation, and can often cause stress levels to rise. One has to take into account how important these decisions can be. They can literally be “make or break”. I decided to make things relatively easy for myself. I had eaten sufficient already, I had drunk a couple of bottles of beer, which I don’t often do, and I was on that not to be forgotten mini heath purge. I’m not quite at “beached whale” stage, but I am probably a couple of pounds more that I would prefer at the moment, and the lack of physical projects at work isn’t helping things. With this I mind, I am trying to cut out unnecessary food items where I can. Alongside this, my assistant food eater is also on a health drive for reasons of her own, which are more than worthy. The nett result of this rather long winded, waffling paragraph is that neither of us had a pudding. I probably could have just said that in the first place, but I didn’t. Once it was established that we would leave, the bill was requested, received, and paid, and our jackets were put on ready for the battle with Storm Dennis. We said our goodbyes, and slowly ascended the stairs, wondering what the Manchester weather had up its sleeve for us outside. I can tell you exactly what it had; it had wind, and light rain. Enough to wet your hair, but not enough to warrant a taxi. Ten minutes of hobbling along uneven pavements, in unsteady oversized heels, had us back on Canal Street debating where to go next. As the weather wasn’t great, we opted for the first bar we hit, which conveniently happened to be New Union. Here we had a few more drinks before progressing up the street. The only bit left for me to do now is answer those two questions that we always seem to ask: Value for Money? I do believe the bill for the above meal was £66-25 including a 10% service charge. We would have left a tip anyway; so on this occasion, the service charge wasn’t a problem. If I had to comment (which I always seem to do!), perhaps the meat and fish dishes are a little expensive compared to the more traditional pasta type dishes. All the Pasta and Pizza dishes are under £20, whereas the meat and fish dishes are mostly, pennies under £30. That said, I should really answer the question in hand. We ate a lovely meal in good clean surroundings in what professes to be one of the longest established Italian Restaurants in the City Centre, including a couple of drinks each for £66 quid. As far as I am concerned, that’s fair do’s. Go Again? I am pleased to confirm that I will without doubt visit Giorgio again. It’s my kind of place, at my side of Town. I can’t think of any reasons why I shouldn’t.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 7, 2020

It was after 10pm and there were few other people dining. I had a caesar salad starter, a chicken breast main and one Peroni. The caesar salad was just a bowl of finely shredded lettuce with hardly any dressing or flavour, and the croutons were...completely soggy. The chicken was a fine piece with quite a good sauce, but with virtually no trimmings, garnish or veg. It came to 38 pounds which I thought excessive.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

Went here on a Friday dinner time before going to the theatre. Was a little disappointed that the only menu option was the pre theatre one as I thought that was just an option rather than the only choice. The restaurant is quite small and...felt a little cramped to be honest. The food was nice and I’d go again if I was going to the theatre but I’ve been to much better Italian restaurants.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 24, 2020 via mobile

Came here tonight after walking pat a few times in the early afternoon and decided to give it a try, I’m glad we did. Food was amazing, the atmosphere was very relaxed and the areas were all clean. Can not fault this place, it was...amazing, thank you.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 16, 2020

Went for a pre theatre meal earlier this month. Food was okay but nothing spectacular. The man who I presumed to be the manager kept on shouting and talking abruptly to his staff and I could clearly see and hear this from my table. Very...unprofessional and slightly off putting. Wouldn’t recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 16, 2020 via mobile

We booked here a week prior to eat before watching a show at the Palace Theatre. When we arrived our table wasn’t ready so we’re asked to sit at the bar. At no point were we offered a drink, the two staff at the bar...were disinterested when I stood waiting to be service. Eventually I got a waiter to take our drinks order. After a ten minute wait we were palmed off to the dark, colder back room which was almost empty. It was as if we were in a completely different restaurant compared to the warmer, busier front. Upon ordering our starters arrived within 2 mins MAX. Which is always somewhat unnerving. As if the food was sat waiting previously. The garlic mushrooms were really basic and disappointing. Whilst the chicken wings were better but nothing special. In fairness the mains were better, the Mafios pizza was tasty and well presented whilst the pasta Arrabbiata was pleasant and had a nice kick of chilli. However when we got the bill we saw we had been charged £5 for a large glass of lime and soda. Which seems extortionate, usually this would be under £2. Whilst there was a £7 service charge to the bill, which again seemed excessive. In total, two starters, two basic mains (pizza & pasta, two lime and sodas and bottle of house wine came to a whopping £73.00. Value for money - NO Great food - NO Warm inviting ambience - NO Stella service - NO Will we return to Giorgio’s - NOMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 13, 2020

I dined here well and pleasantly last August on pretty much the same menu as I did on my dinner in 2017: prosciutto and melone, rustic chicken, etc. The food was good, but not as superlative as on the previous occasion. I'll come back and...try them again in Summer 2020.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed February 10, 2020

Pre booked Georgia’s for a pre theatre meal. Glad we booked as it filled up very quickly with people doing the same as us. Great service. The service was quick and efficient. Having said that we didn’t feel rushed. A good balance. The staff were...friendly and pleasant. The food was very good. An excellent start to our evening. I’m sure we will be going again next time we are in Manchester.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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I was offered only the pre theatre menu. I don't think the full menu was available (it certainly wasn't presented to us).
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If I remember it was the set Menu
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