Sunday 21 Jan 2018
[@]Croma - Albert Sq, Manchester
With a new restaurant being opened, or one refitted, almost every week in Manchester, it is easy to sometimes forget the wealth of quality food and drink establishments available to the casual diner.
Croma, just off Albert Square is such a restaurant. Its main space, on the ground floor, is open, light and airy. The restaurant has two further dining spaces that are pleasant and that lended themselves well to private groups or party dining.
Serving an Italian cuisine you can be assured of an authentic taste and presentation especially considering it has a traditional Neapolitan pizza oven, few and far between in Manchester. This alone makes their wide selection of hand created and baked pizzas an excellent choice.
For our meal we took advantage of the ‘Early Bird Menu’ (at time of writing is £10.95 ph) this includes a glass of house wine, or soft drink, a light starter of bread sticks and dough balls or a mixed salad and a choice of any pizza and being two we choose to share.
The breadsticks where light and crispy, the dough balls where served with a light olive oil and the salad was fresh and crunchy.
We opted for the red house wine from Sicily, simply described as Rosso. As it turned out it was an good match for my Chorizo Piccante pizza. The pizza was indeed hot and spicy, not overly done, just right for the slightly chilly day outside.
Our other pizza was the Garstang Blue and Goats Cheese, yes cheese, cheese and more cheese. The Blue cheese is sourced from the Lancashire village of Garstang, just north of Preston. This award winning Blue cheese has a good strong flavour and sat extremely well with the goat’s cheese, mushrooms, sun blushed tomatoes and red wine.
The menu has a good selection of starters, salads and oven baked dishes. We have previously enjoyed the Croma Nicoise Salad and the Salmon & Spinach Lasagne to mention just a couple.
If you are still feeling peckish after you main course there is a good selection of sweets and deserts. Some of the choices are made in the restaurant using local ingredients, while others are specially sourced such as the famous ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding’ all the way from Cartmel in Cumbia.
The restaurants waiters are very friendly and seem knowledgeable about the food they are serving. So ask for advice if you are not sure what you fancy.
This is a pleasant spot to while away an hour or so and it is ideally located if you want a good meal before going to the theatre or a show in one of the many Manchester Theatres.
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1-3 Clarence St
Manchester M2 4DE
500 Wilbraham Road,
Manchester M21 9AP
651 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury,
Manchester M20 6QZ
Daily: from Midday
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