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South of what was once Manchester’s Little Italy, Solita is the brainchild of business Renaissance man Franco Sotgiu, who runs it alongside co-owner Simon Pogson. The original Northern Quarter site has overcome a squashed interior and prosaic location (a patch of outside space boasts close-up views of a looming multistorey car park) to positively thrive – a bit too much, perhaps, if you’re trying to get a seat at peak times. The menu, served on two floors (street level is nicer), taps a rich seam of Americana, with deep-fried mac 'n' cheese balls and bacon-fat popcorn among the comfort-rich stalwarts. The food is given broad appeal by the use of decent local ingredients – the signature steak is 40-day dry-aged Cheshire rib – and an idiosyncratic approach to fast food classics, which has produced the Big Manc among other homages. Burger obsessives are readily accommodated alongside challenge eaters devouring the naga chicken wings.
0161 839 2200
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