James and I have recently moved to Manchester and now having tried it, we are more than happy that Sugo Pasta Kitchen is one of our local restaurants. Located in Altrincham, Sugo Pasta Kitchen is a very small, southern Italian restaurant with limited seating so do book if you go. Due to the size there is also a table turn around time (dependent on your party size) and you do have to share if you are a two. They have created a modern and relaxed trattoria atmosphere with wooden tables overlooking the open kitchen, simple blue and white crockery, low-slung light bulbs and chalkboards on the walls celebrating their ethos and food selection. In their words, (they keep it brief), they are ridiculously passionate and obsessive about making Italian food exciting once again, exciting for them and exciting for you. They have this down to a tee. The menu is small, but perfect, and in my experience, the smaller the menu, the better the restaurant. The drinks menu is also tiny but every wine or drink is expertly selected. We could not fault any of the courses, we felt like we were on holiday again back in Italy. The wine was also exceptional (we had Passimiento – Frappato – Sicily), so much so that we are going to order some off Amazon as that’s the only place you can get it in the UK.
The relaxed and friendly waiting on staff are as passionate about the dishes as the chefs and are well equipped to answer any questions you may have about the food; our waitress readily pulled out some dried pasta shapes out of her jean pockets to show us the different shapes of each variety.
Burrata is one of my favourite cheeses so how could I not have it to start. The creamy richness of the Burrata worked so well with the bitter raddichio and sweet and zingy orange and chilli marmalade. James had beef and mortadella meatballs, san Marzano and ricotta ragu, parmesan, pangrattato which on tasting were really delicious and had a lovely undertone of fennel.
For mains I had House Sugo – Orecchiette with a slow cooked beef shin, pork shoulder and nduja ragu, parmesan and James had Sugo Scoglio – Cavatelli with king prawns, baby squid, mussels, cherry toms, chilli, ginger. Both absolutely fantastic! We also ordered some sides which we really didn’t need but were so eager to try. We had tenderstem broccoli which was deliciously garlicky and James is a sucker for a sour dough loaf so we also had that too which was in fact great to dip in the leftover broccoli pangrattato.
To finish I had Affogato which was made with homemade ice cream and intense espresso coffee. James managed to squeeze in the chocolate and orange Panettone bread and butter pudding which was very sticky and indulgent, everything a good bread and butter pudding should be.
I could have happily eaten everything on the menu twice over so cannot recommend this place highly enough. It has restored my faith again that we can pay homage to Italian food in Britain in a truly exciting way. We can’t wait to take our friends and family there soon!