Jamie Oliver’s Italian

A few Saturdays ago, armed with a camera, microphone and hungry bellies, we ventured up to Jamie’s Italian Manchester.

I was lucky enough to have been invited to try Jamie’s restaurant, and thought it would be a great opportunity to mark the occasion by creating my first YouTube video.

With an incredible amount of support and inspiration from Bogdan, along with his awesome camera and editing skills, it was all made possible. So a great big ‘thank you’ to him.

Now without further ado, back to our Saturday afternoon…

I didn’t know what to expect, but as the sunshine peeked out from behind the Mancunion clouds, I knew we were in for a great day.

As we entered the restaurant, I was stunned to see the beautiful details of the decor. What was formally a bank, the restaurant has kept many of the stunning features of the grade listed building. From amazing wood work to gigantic windows, it was rather impressive and certainly gave me inspiration for my future (dream) home.

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We were led upstairs to a table on the mezzanine and handed our menus. The menu was jam-packed with everything you could imagine, from wooden planks laden with continental meats, to hearty and ever so saucy pasta dishes. I honestly couldn’t decide what to order. It was at that moment of sheer indecisiveness that I spotted the specials menu.

Our waiter talked us through the specials and I was swooned by the homemade ravioli stuffed with salami and buffalo ricotta, gently tossed in a silky lemon butter sauce. Bogdan chose the sausage pappardelle; which consisted of braised fennel sausage ragù with Torrione Chianti, parmesan and a sprinkling of herby breadcrumbs.

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I’m not going to lie when our meals arrived, his dish looked so incredibly tasty and just looked like it oozed punches of flavour. I found my meal didn’t have the same appearance appeal, but what it lacked in looks – was certainly made up by the lemony butter sauce and flavour of the ravioli.

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Throughout the dinner, i naturally explored the drinks menu. After a rather crazy week, I felt like treating myself to a cocktail (or three!). It all kick started with a Stiletto Manhattan  (Jack Daniel’s, amaretto and dry vermouth), before moving over to a magical Jamie’s Mojito.

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Once our main meals were finished, we simply couldn’t say “no” to the desserts. I mention in my video meringues which were “little puddles of glory-ness”, I’m honestly not too sure what that means – but they looked divine and apparently tasted pretty good too. I opted for the epic homemade fudgy brownie which was served with caramel ice cream and caramelised amaretti popcorn – my kind of dessert for sure! It was the highlight of my meal and just tasted incredible.

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After dinner we headed downstairs to explore the gift shop stalls and whilst browsing the Christmas collection, I got speaking with the General Manager. He was ever so lovely and offered to show us The Vault – which sounded rather intriguing. We made our way downstairs and set foot in a little room which was packed with ambience. The Vault is used for private dining and it looked like a magical setting for any special occasion.

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I had a wonderful time at Jamie’s Italian and found everything from the service and decor, to the dinner and drinks, absolutely awesome. I can’t wait to go back and treat myself to an antipasti plank and another epic brownie – oh, I can dream!

Head on over to my YouTube channel to watch the video, subscribe and don’t forget to stop by and say ‘hello!”.

16th September 2014
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10 Comments

  • Reply Helen at Casa Costello

    Oh my word, this looks incredible. I’m so pleased Jamie’s Italian has come to Manchester. That popcorn has made my mouth water! Great review – Hope you get to go back one day x

    17th September 2014 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply marianna larissa

      Hi Helen, thank you for your comment! I was thrilled to see he’s launched in Manchester. Hopefully there will be more Jamie Oliver restaurants popping up on our streets soon – with buckets full of caramelised popcorn too! 🙂

      17th September 2014 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Packing my Suitcase

    Wow, this restaurant look stunning!! I had no idea it looked so amazing! The dessert are really to die for… and the drink looks great! I gotta go there someday 😀

    17th September 2014 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply marianna larissa

      Hii! I know – I didn’t realise how amazing it was inside! Next time I go I feel like I’ll probably indulge in about five desserts… there’s far too much choice for me! Hope you had a great summer – I can’t wait to catch up on your blog posts to calm my wanderlust desire! x

      17th September 2014 at 6:11 pm
      • Reply Packing my Suitcase

        hahaha! I have to put this restaurant on my must do list when I go to the UK 😀 I always wanted to try his food, and with an amazing restaurant like this one now I want even more 😀

        Thank you… it was ok, summer here was a bit short! But on Saturday Im going to Turkey and I will see the sun once again hahaha 😀 I hope had a great summer too!

        18th September 2014 at 9:01 am
  • Reply Viccy Howe

    I’ve been to the Cardiff venue and that too was amazing! Delish Italian-inspired food, and amazing desserts. If I recall properly, I had the honeycomb cannelloni which was fantastic

    19th September 2014 at 10:34 am
  • Reply beautyqueenuk (@beautyqueen_UK)

    The food looks absolutely incredible, especially those desserts x

    19th September 2014 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015… | Happiness in a Cupcake

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  • Reply Alina Isaev (@AlinaIsaev)

    I’ve never been to a Jamie Oliver’s before, it looks sooooo tasty.
    Glad you enjoyed yourself. Alina x

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    5th March 2015 at 11:36 am
    • Reply marianna larissa

      Hi Alina! It was my first trip and it certainly impressed. I’d love to go back and have a dinner in The Vault – perhaps for my birthday! 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely week!

      5th March 2015 at 12:15 pm

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