Centrally positioned on Lower Mosley Street, opposite the Midland Hotel and close to all the nightlife and cultural centres in Manchester, including the Bridgwater Hall and Manchester Central, Gio is the younger sister to the long-established Giorgios on Portland Street. The interior of the 65-cover restaurant blends contemporary furnishings and smartly laid tables with softer traditional Italian touches like the art on the walls and high shelves with wine and vinegar bottles, soft lighting and a stone floor. A popular choice for business lunches, a break from shopping and pre-theatre, Gios menu offers authentic Italian cuisine both a la carte and on specially priced set menus. Expect a good range of handmade Neapolitan-style pizzas, freshly cooked pastas and risottos as well as a large choice of favourites like the many steaks, veal and fresh fish dishes. Enjoy starters such as Gamberoni All Aglio, king prawns sauteed in garlic, white wine and lemon, mains like Calves liver lightly sauteed with caramalised onions and gravy, served with mashed potatoes, mushrooms and garden peas or Whole fresh sea bass, filleted and served on a bed of fresh julienne veg and classic desserts like their homemade Tiramisu. A well-chosen wine list mixes Italian classics with a selection from the New World. Larger parties are welcome and there are incentives for party organisers.