San Carlo Fumo

San Carlo Fumo, the eagerly awaited new restaurant, cocktail and late lounge concept is now open

By Lee Isherwood | 11 December 2014

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San Carlo Fumo, the eagerly awaited new restaurant, cocktail and late lounge concept from the multi-award-winning San Carlo Group is now open.


The spectacular 5,500sq ft. venue, the fifth city site for the family owned group, occupies part of the ground and first floors at One St Peter’s Square in the city centre. With floors linked by a grand sweeping staircase, San Carlo Fumo will also feature an alfresco dining terrace.

With a nod to the popular and critical success of the group’s award winning Cicchetti restaurants on King Street West in Manchester and in London, from original pasta and pizza to speciality seafood, meat and seasonal salads, San Carlo Fumo serves expertly crafted small plate Italian and Mediterranean dishes.

A spectacular feature bar headed up by Alessandro Distefano (son of Carlo and brother of Marcello) will offer a select range of wines, champagne, Prosecco and artisan beer and an original cocktail menu curated by Manchester’s drinks wizard Jamie Jones includes a Lavanda Martini – beautifully smooth Beluga vodka, cold infused with lavender olive oil and dry vermouth and sealed on site in a caviar tin, available to enjoy at the bar or take home. The Miss Bombo – an Italian nod to the Manchester bee, features Portobello Road gin, honey, sage, fresh lemon juice and egg white topped with a dash of Fever-Tree ginger beer and decorated with bee pollen.


A range of food matched signature cocktails also offer the opportunity for guests to sample Fumo’s culinary style while enjoying a drink at the bar.

Open seven days a week from breakfast through to dinner and with late opening hours on Friday and Saturday, diners are able to call in for a bite to eat and a cocktail or glass champagne at the feature bar or take a table and enjoy a relaxed yet stylish dining experience inside or out, on the alfresco terrace, should weather permit.

As with all San Carlo restaurants, attention to detail at San Carlo Fumo will be of utmost importance, all dishes will be made on the premises using only the finest seasonal ingredients, with much flown direct from produce markets in Milan and Sicily.

Commenting on the opening, Marcello Distefano, managing director of San Carlo Group said: “We’re understandably excited to be bringing an exciting new concept restaurant and bar to Manchester. We hope people will enjoy the grandeur of this striking new building and the lavish yet relaxed interior which I think has become synonymous with San Carlo. We know people enjoy our food and style of dining, this time we are bringing our late lounge element to Manchester, opening post-midnight on Friday and Saturday nights means people can come and enjoy a very special cocktail or glass of wine at San Carlo Fumo long after eating there.”

Renowned for an always buzzing atmosphere, great food and a star-studded clientele; from celebrities and sports stars to business leaders and high profile politicians, San Carlo Group was founded as a family business by Carlo Distefano in 1992. Winner of twenty two consumer and industry awards, the Group’s success has been built on providing affordable luxury – the best, original Italian food at affordable prices, using only the freshest produce.

San Carlo Fumo will open
Monday to Friday 8am – 1230am
Saturday 10am – 2am
Sunday 10am – 11pm

For bookings contact: 0161 236 7344
Fumo Manchester, 1 St Peter’s Square, Oxford Road, M2 3DE
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