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5.4 /6 Excellent 79 Reviews

The Pasta Factory

Shudehill Italian £££ +100
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About The Pasta Factory

There’s really nothing comparable to pasta that’s made from scratch, and at The Pasta Factory, they’re offering some of Manchester’s best. This fantastic Italian restaurant is the perfect place for a family meal or dinner for two, and it’s open six days a week (from Tuesday to Sunday) for your dining pleasure. Found at the corner of Hanover Street and Shudehill Street, the Pasta Factory offers unpretentious Italian cuisine made with tradition in mind just steps from Shudehill station. Book your table ahead of time to avoid a queue!

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:30
The Pasta Factory, 77 Shudehill Street, M4 4AN Manchester

Further Information

Every day, the talented team of chefs at the Pasta Factory go to great lengths to offer Manchester’s freshest pasta, but not just for eating at the restaurant – you can even buy some to take home and cook yourself! From gnocchi verdi and bucatini to trottoli and tajarin neri, the pastas available at this restaurant in Manchester’s Shudehill put freshness at the forefront. With a casual atmosphere made even better by a friendly service team, The Pasta Factory is ideal for any occasion.

Stop in to The Pasta Factory in Manchester’s Shudehill and prepare to live out all your carb-heavy food dreams in a relaxed atmosphere. Using all natural and seasonal ingredients in their popular Italian specialities, this restaurant takes quality very seriously, and you’ll taste the difference in dishes like bucatini di farro primaverili (organic spelt bucatini with julienne spring vegetables, garlic and fresh mint) and ravioli prosciutto di praga ala toma di lanzo (ravioli stuffed with smoked ham) and rich toma cheese. Enjoy your meal with a glass of wine and finish with dessert for the full experience at this Shudehill Street restaurant.


79 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 79 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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Dave I.
1 review so far 6
05.08.2017 19:49

Great food & wine. Not expensive, uses quality fresh ingredients, and the place was full of italian customers so that must say something. Well worth a trip.

Chris C.
1 review so far 6
04.08.2017 07:13

Amazing food and service. Best meal i have had in ages. Great vegan options for all courses. Could not fault any of it. Highly recommend.

Lynne S.
1 review so far 6
26.07.2017 07:01

Great food great service most enjoyable meal & experience. Highly recommend squid ink bucatini with wild clams with glass of verrechio. No room for pudding!

Amie A.
1 review so far 6
25.07.2017 19:12

Fantastic place. The staff is so helpful! So many amazing vegan options (I had the mushroom ravioli with truffle oil) and they even had vegan deserts! 10/10 would reccomend

Hollie S.
1 review so far 6
21.01.2017 10:41

Incredible service and lovely staff! Thoroughly enjoyed myself thanks to the staff! The food was AMAZING and the vegan options were also honestly perfect! I had the vegan starter to share which has vegan cheese and it was that nice I had to buy some more before I left!!! £5 for a ball of vegan cheese??? YES PLEASE! for main I had a mushroom ravioli which was to die for and they even gave me some vegan Parmesan to place on top!! Then for dessert I had a chocolate ravioli! I enjoyed my boyfriends dessert more which was on the specials board- it was apple and walnut tart with chocolate drizzle to pour on the side! Honestly a lovely meal and will 100% be back, you should definitely go, if you're a vegan or not, you have just as many options both ways! The only little bad thing I had to say was it was quite chilly but that's just being picky!

Simon C.
1 review so far 4
12.06.2017 02:24

Great informal atmosphere, very friendly service. The drinks were great, lovely house white wine and one of the best beers I have had for ages. Our vegetarian starters were also delicious. For main we both had wholemeal pasta filled with mackerel. This became a bit too much as a main, and my wife couldn't finish. I suspect other mains would have been better. Suggestion that they offer three pasta dishes for two people, with slightly smaller portions so you could share. The dessert wasn't great, quite a dense and heavy pana cotta. Will certainly go back and order the main more carefully next time, and perhaps stitch with ice cream for desset

Ronnie O.
1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 07:04

Great little restaurant within 2-3 min walk of Crowne Plaza Hotel. Pasta fresh and tasty. It does get busy fast, so make a reservation. We had a 6pm reservation and were seated immediately. However, by 6:30pm (Sat night) restaurant was full. We noticed food took a little longer as restaurant got busier, but it was worth the wait. Price was reasonable and would definitely recommend. Lovely choice of homemade sorbets as well.

Andrew K.
1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 17:24

Overall pretty good. However the service could have been better. They were very pleasant and friendly but a little slow. The table wasn't ready when we arrived (on time) and so we had to stand around for 5 minutes while they sorted it. They were a bit slow bringing the menus and then taking the order. Perhaps they were a little short staffed. The pasta was delicious though so I would certainly go again.

Matt B.
1 review so far 4
05.06.2017 06:18

Visited The Pasta Factory last night. Great little Italian restaurant serving excellent food with great staff. Just one downside, the portion size. You don't get a lot for what you pay for (we actually stopped for a slice of pizza after the 3 course meal).

Michael H.
1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 01:26

Fantastic experience, great attention to detail on helping us choose wine/food and with knowledge behind the ingredients and techniques used. They have a small menu that they spend a lot of time on and change regularly, so if you like to have a lot of choice this may not be for you, but this was without doubt one of the best Italian meals I've had in Manchester!

Stephanie M.
1 review so far 6
14.12.2016 06:57

The Pasta Factory has tasty food, a lovely atmosphere, and very friendly staff! All three courses went down a treat! We will definitely be going back :)

Nick F.
3 reviews so far 5
01.10.2016 20:25

My third visit to the Pasta Factory - I just wish it was in my neighbourhood and I'd visit a lot more ! An informal, reasonably priced independent Italian that just does really interesting home made pasta dishes with home made gelato and sorbets as desert and mixed "taglieri" plates to begin, accompanied by excellent Italian wines and beers. My type of food !

Audrey T.
1 review so far 6
05.12.2016 18:08

Great restaurant. Lots of different pastas and sauces. Very helpful waiter who explained things. Once mains were decided he gave us recommendations on which were the best wines and neither were the most expensive. Very enjoyable evening. Would go back again. Totally unlike your usual Italian restaurant and all the better for it!

1 review so far 6
03.05.2017 23:18

Very nice restaurant, the pasta dishes are superbly made. A little expensive but worth it for the overall quality of the food. We went on a Saturday night and there was a nice atmosphere to the place with friendly attentive staff. Would definitely give it another visit.

Steve B.
1 review so far 6
01.01.2017 23:19

Only a small restaurant but worth visiting, service was excellent and the menu although not overdone with choices was sufficient for vegetarians and non vegetarians and when the pasta dishes arrived the food was fresh,,well cooked and very tasty, overall a very good eating experience. Manchester

Joel L.
1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 05:19

Pasta Factory is arguably one of the best restaurant in Manchester. They cater for vegan so well that I can only praised them. Kids friendly with a brilliant menu that will keep little ones joyful. Wines is just delicious. Please book to avoid disappointment. Highly recommended

Fae P.
1 review so far 4
08.04.2017 19:05

Food was great and service relatively quick considering there was a large group in at the same time. The only negative was we weren't told when we were seated at 5 that the table was needed for 6:30 so we were going to have pudding as well as starter and main but couldn't as the next table was waiting. Staff apologised for this but it was a shame.

Amanda K.
1 review so far 5
11.06.2017 10:09

The food was great and tasted very authentic. Staff working at The Pasta Factory was very friendly too. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere overall.

Edith I.
1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 09:47

Excellent service, waiter very friendly and helped with all requests. We went at lunch time and it was unexpectedly quiet, compared to evenings, so he took the time to have some conversation with us. The food is very good.

carlotta b.
1 review so far 6
24.05.2017 16:51

Wonderful , very authentic food. The ingredients are high quality and you have a good number of options, even for vegans! the place is cozy and people are nice at a fair price. couldn't recommend it more.

James D.
1 review so far 5
09.10.2016 20:00

service was excellent attentive and friendly there were three of us the pasta was good and different from run of the mill Italian restaurants every thing was good my wife expected the ragu to be more tomato in flavour but that was all, excellent.

Mariana P.
1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 19:37

My FAVOURITE Italian restaurant outside of Italy. Fantastic food, delicious drinks, amazing atmosphere, superb service...what more can you ask for? Finally a place that treats vegans and omnivores the same! Can't wait to get back.

Davina H.
1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 18:52

Lovely,tasty food at a reasonable price. The decor was nice and tasteful. it made a nice change from a generic chain restaurant. The service was good and I'd have no hesitation about going again.

Mark F.
1 review so far 6
23.01.2017 21:11

The food was excellent and good value for money. The pasta is all fresh and there are some great vegetarian options. That staff are all very helpful and knowledgable of the dishes they service.

David M.
1 review so far 6
09.07.2017 16:59

We loved the place .The waiter was really helpful. We had the special which was great and tried 2 of their wines. We will be back to try some more great food and wine.

Natalie P.
1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 20:19

Great food. Service great at the beginning, got a bit more difficult later on as extremely busy but food and staff were superb and clearly working very hard to produce a great product.

Srujan S.
2 reviews so far 6
01.09.2016 18:12

Great Antipasti starter with some excellent Vegan options too!! The small selection of main course pasta dishes are amazing, have now tried three of them and I cannot find a fault.

Lindsay S.
5 reviews so far 5
11.08.2017 01:59

Always a brilliant place for everyone- they have amazing homemade gluten free pasta, as well as a homemade vegan cheese. Great wine selection, good atmosphere and really knowledgeable and helpful staff. No bad words to say!

Hannah S.
3 reviews so far 6
04.10.2016 04:01

Wonderful little place with a great atmosphere, friendly staff and fantastic authentic Italian dishes. Lots of vegan options, delicious desserts and just all round a lovely hidden gem behind Shudehill!

Cathryn C.
1 review so far 6
12.11.2016 20:41

Great service, nice atmosphere and simple but tasty, homemade food. We loved it and will definitely be back to enjoy it again. A nice change from the big chain restaurants.

Peter P.
1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 05:53

Pasta factory is honestly the most flawless Italian dining experience outside of Napoli. Excellent service. Great drink selection. Food that defies explanation of excellence. I recommend this place very frequently.

Robyn D.
1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 21:02

Lovely meal at the pasta factory - delicious fresh food within a homely environment. Fantastic vegetarian and vegan options. I will definitely be going back in the near future.

Andrea B.
1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 12:15

Excellent pasta! Definitely worth the experience . Good pasta portion, desert small (ravioli) but high quality. The staff was very keen in providing details on the plates if required.

Kathryn T.
1 review so far 6
24.05.2017 01:05

Pleasant and welcoming staff who introduced the menu welland took time to help with our wine choice. The food was nicely presented and of a high standard. Pleasant surroundings.

Jan B.
1 review so far 6
12.12.2016 17:12

Great food, attentive and professional service, although a little slow at times but a fantastic restaurant overall. Will definitely return. Had the Ravioli with Funghi and black truffle. Wow

Roberta G.
1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 06:29

An excellent Italian restaurant where you can taste the real Italian food as you were in Italy. A small bijou in the center of Manchester. Don't miss it!!!

Jan-Huug L.
1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 22:20

Good starters, nice pastas, good wine, good service. Good atmosphere. Nothing more to wish for. My son and I had a very good experience at the Pasta Factory.

Lindsay S.
5 reviews so far 6
16.04.2017 06:45

Our meal here was incredible, gluten free options for almost everything and all homemade. The service was lovely and everyone was really really friendly. Nothing bad to say!

Claudia H.
1 review so far 6
30.03.2017 08:30

Good and fast service. Waiting staff has been nice. Great experience, had a very lovely time. Nice and quiet at the beginning and filled up quite quickly.

Kevin B.
1 review so far 6
14.04.2017 16:39

A fantastic night with great service a excellent qualify and good value food, highly recommend a visit to a very authentic Italian restaurant, with very attentive waiters

Frankie H.
1 review so far 6
10.01.2017 07:07

Delicious, simple and elegant food and great service. I had the buttacini with breadcrumbs, garlic an parsley with a glass of the house red, can fully recommend.

Sarah H.
1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 08:35

Fabulous food. Amazing service. Great value for money. I cannot recommend the pasta factory enough to anyone. My new favourite restaurant in manchester. Well worth a visit.

Jason S.
2 reviews so far 6
12.04.2017 08:44

Thoroughly loved our first experience at the Pasta Factory, the Ragu was simply sublime and the pasta was made and cooked to perfection! I cannot recommend enough!

Nick F.
3 reviews so far 5
25.02.2017 09:07

I have been a few times before - always great food (home made pasta and interesting sauces), great service and atmosphere and good wine. I wish it was nearer my home !

Iain D.
1 review so far 6
22.05.2017 16:54

Fantastic food - taste and presentation. Great team that is enthusiastic without being intrusive. Truffle pasta tasted great and the Gavi di Gavi did the trick.

Paul E.
1 review so far 6
29.04.2017 20:18

Loverly place to eat great atmosphere staff were very friendly and informative about their food and drink would highly recommend to all they friend and family.

Ruoyu L.
3 reviews so far 6
26.04.2017 09:14

Great handmade Pasta at reasonable prices. Wine list was thorough and you may ask the staff about pairing options! Good place for a semi-casual dining experience.

Naomi D.
1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 03:09

The food was really lovely and the staff are always friendly, I have been twice and this has been the same on both visits. Would recommend.

nathalia d.
1 review so far 6
04.07.2017 16:59

Great service, delicious food, amazing Littl cosy ambience. It's our third time here and already planning the fourth. Authentic and best Italian I have ever been.

Nick F.
3 reviews so far 6
08.07.2017 06:34

Love this place and wish it was in my home city. Delicious, interesting home made pasta, Italian wines, taglieri (mixed starters) and gelato. Excellent friendly service.