- Tel: 0161 789 2675
247 Monton Rd, Eccles, Manchester, Lancashire, M30 9PS
11:00 - 23:00
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Felicini offers modern Italian inspired cuisine in a contemporary setting.
The restaurant is one of a few such decent places in Monton village, one of the nicer retail high streets in Salford, a few miles to the west of Manchester city centre. It's near our workplace and I've been a few times for lunch and last week went for a colleagues leaving do.
The menu is Italian (as one might have guessed) but, as the web site says, with “a distinctive modern twist”. That said the web site is a little confusing - this place is a sister restaurant of a small independent chain in the north west, but this one is run independently and the menu is different from that on the web site and from the look of it not quite as good. However, don't let that put you off - the choice is wide and the pizzas were tasty and the toppings were fairly adventurous and worked well - so they are not as good as Pizza Express or Croma but I enjoyed mine and objectively they are good pizzas.
As well as the pizzas and pasta there are the usual range of steaks, chicken, fish and salads. What was so good about this place is that they really do try to be distinctive and innovative and make an effort to give the customer a good meal. The star of course being a starter from the specials board of cheese burger crostini - small toasts with a tomato sauce, topped with a thick slice of burger smothered with melted mozzarella served with a salad garnish and a handful of fries - ingenious, witty and more importantly very tasty. If they have any sense this dish will become a permanent feature. Another example of their wit was the ‘Eurona' pizza - you choose your own four toppings! Well it made me chuckle anyway. My heart warms to places like this that make this kind of effort.
There are other good things on the menu too. One of my best friends at work lives close by and she loves the pate here. From what I saw it certainly looked good - a big chunk of chicken liver pate with good toast and an onion marmalade. Other people had mixed fried seafood that was served in a tall tumbler with a skewer of prawns and pots of sauce which everyone was saying looked very impressive and those that had chosen it said was lovely.
All this and its great value too. Go early and all pizza and pasta is just £6. Service was ok, given that there were 20 of us. The place itself is light and airy, wood floors and white walls with modern art that was for sale. It benefits from having a long glazed frontage to the street. The place was very busy by the time we left and is obviously popular with families as not only were there lots of children but there was also a notice saying that children that ran around and misbehaved would be put in a pie!
All in all a good place that is well worth trying out.