Gino D’Acampo and Caffe Grande by Piccolino

I LOVE working with Club Individual, it means I get to try out the latest restaurants which I KNOW are going to be the coolest place to dine. As you may know I am a big fan of Piccolino Restaurants… as a teenager I would always be meeting my friends in Bramhall Piccolino’s for ice cream. Over the years it has been amazing watching them grow and always pulling the next best restaurant out of the bag…

So when I heard about the new Gino D’Acampo restaurant opening in Manchester I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself. The restaurant is situated in the Corn Exchange, right opposite from Selfridges and The Arndale. It was the perfect spot to wind down after a busy day of meetings in the city centre. On arrival myself and boyfriend grabbed a drink at the bar where we looked at all the photos of Gino on the wall with all the celebrities he had met over the years, along with quotes from Gino himself in blue neon lights to give the bar an edgy underground vibe.

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We were then lead through to the restaurant area where we were seated at the biggest booth all for ourselves. The staff where all so friendly and where making sure everyone in the restaurant was having the best time. They even brought over extra Prosecco to our table. For our starter we both had calamari, and for main I had the king prawn and pesto spaghetti and my boyfriend had the sausage and pasta bake with courgette fries… It was all good hearty Italian food… Exactly what you would expect from a Gino D’Acampo and Club Individual partnership.

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Next time I have a day shopping with the girls in Manchester I will be finishing it with some food at Gino’s.

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Club Individual are seriously upping their game in Manchester this year as after 13 years at the top of the Italian restaurant scene in Manchester, Piccolino is to get a major £1.3m refit, which will see the restaurant nearly doubling in size following the acquisition of adjoining premises. Work is well under way in the new premises and the current Piccolino closed on Monday 21st February, to allow works to commence. Caffé Grande by Piccolino, will re-open following this major investment in early April. The new-look restaurant will increase to seat 200 guests and will also offer a 30 cover alfresco terrace, which overlooks Manchester Town Hall. We can’t wait to visit yet another beautiful Club Individual restaurant. Make sure you have your club individual card at the ready next time you’re paying them a visit.. if you don’t have one, head to