“ 751 Wilmslow Rd / Didsbury / Tel: 0161 445 2055. „
ordered my steak medium,came nice and hot with fries and veg, cut into the steak looked a bit rare second cut very rare sent it back waiter returned with the same steak cooked a little longer fine on a cold plate with the same side veg cold, they could not be bothered to change them for fresh my complaint fell on deaf ears ,so i sent the meal back totally ruined the evening
This delightful little chain is a great addition to any city's restaurant catalogue. Situated on the Wilmslow Road, Manchester's lengthy central thoroughfare, Felicini's is easy enough to find, and the Didsbury setting makes it more pleasant than the smaller Withington community and certainly preferable to student-infested Fallowfield if you are looking for atmosphere.
On stepping inside Felicini's your senses are seduced by the flickering candelight, glasses of deep red Chianti and frostily refreshing Pinot Grigio, rustic tables and the delicious aroma of fresh and homely Italian dishes. It is the perfect atmosphere in the evening for a quiet dinner with a loved one.
Pricewise, Felicini's is affordable for the common man, without compromising on the customer experience. The most expensive dishes cap at around £16 to £17, but handsome pasta dishes cost around £10.
The evening did not start promisingly, as we had to wait about half an hour before a table was free, despite having booked.
Once we has been seated however, the evening only improved. Myself and my girlfriend ordered between us the goat's cheese starter, simply presented with red onion chutney, on a generous bed of rocket salad. Goat's cheese being pretty much the pinnacle of both of our culinary desires, it was going to be hard to disappoint us, and we were indeed not. We ordered as mains the Risotto of the Day, which was vegetarian, and the Crab Linguini, flaked with crab meat, coriander, chilli & ginger pesto and sweet chilli jam. The flavours in this latter were exquisite and unique, with just enough spice from the chilli and the ginger not to ruin the subtler flavours of the crab meat and coriander. The portion sizes were not tiny and not overfacing, and with a starter, the portions were judged wisely. All flushed down with a gorgeous Chianti worth lingering over, the evening proved to be a success, and earmarked Felicini's as a definite place to return to in the future! Mention is due to the staff, who whilst we had to wait at the beginning of the evening, were very polite but not overly attentive.
A note to students - with a NUS card, you are entitled to 20% off your bill!
Situated on the busy Wilmslow Road in Didsbury, Felicini's is located where the Didsbury Brasserie used to be.
Felicini's is a chain of Brasserie style restaurants based in the North of England, serving classic food with a modern twist. The actual restaurants vary slightly from site to site, but its fairly informal dining - leather chairs, dark wood tables that kind of thing. In the Didsbury branch there is a small area to the front for outside dining although it doesnt seem to get the sun on that side of the road so I'm not sure how much you would want to use it!
Felicinis is the kind of place you can go for coffee and cake or a full on evening meal with cocktails. They offer an Ala Carte menu serving pizzas, pastas, salads and meats at mid range prices. The most expensive dish on the menu is £16.50 so its not bad really.
The portion sizes were impressive too - I had a salad and couldnt finish it, my friend had a steak sandwich with chips and said it was beautifully tender and more than filling.
They offer special menus at set prices too.
Its worth mentioning that Vegetarians get a good selection to choose from here, as do fish and seafood lovers.
Okay so its not the most mind blowing place to eat, but a good reliable choice with good food, nice atmosphere and it wont break the bank.