Located at the crossroads of Oxford Street and Portland Street and within walking distance from the Palace Theatre, Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Opera House, Giorgios is one of the longest-established and most-loved traditional Italian restaurants on the Manchester scene. The owners opened a sister restaurant called Gio in 1996 which has seen similar success. Established back in 1978, Giorgios has seen many changes in Manchester and has always moved with the times, having enjoyed many facelifts and refurbishments over the years, most recently in 2009, when the restaurant was reworked into a warm, contemporary space with sophisticated decor of rich red, brown and creme, leather banquettes and chairs, smartly laid tables and clever lighting. The 65-cover restaurant has a buzzy and cosmopolitan feel during the day and is intimate and romantic at night. Passionate staff offer a friendly and efficient service and the menus cover great-value authentic Italian cuisine, pre-theatre and set menus. The main menu offers Neapolitan-style pizzas with a broad range of toppings, pastas and risottos including their signature Giorgio Speciale, Penne pasta, cooked with prawns, calamari, fresh smoked salmon and garden peas in a creamy sauce with a touch of tomato, a host of grilled steak, lamb, chicken and veal dishes and fresh fish like halibut, salmon, sea bass and king prawns. A well-chosen wine list mixes classic Italian favourites with a choice from the New World and there is a private dining room for up to 20 people.