Italian food for two

This is going to be a quick one because, surprisingly enough, I don’t have any weird stories to tell about how this foodventure began. It’s just two people getting some Italian food in the city.

When we first came to Manchester, I spent a lot of my time walking around the city because I was super excited to be living in a ‘big city’. However, every day I spent part of the afternoon sitting in the Manchester Central Library chilling, checking some books, or just enjoying some quiet time with myself (and writing entries for the blog, duh!).

The thing is, more than a couple of times, we saw Don Giovanni’s from the outside, and so G’s obsession to try this place began. And one day I said “okay, let’s do it”, so here we are.

The place looks nice both from the outside and the inside, and it’s a good place if you want to eat some of your classic Italian dishes and share the table with family or friends.

But we’re all here for the food, so here it goes:

Can’t resist fried seafood

Frittura mista

Any excuse is good to further develop our cheese pull abilities, right?

We first started with some funghi al forno. The dish is pretty simple and that, to me, is where it success relies. The portobello mushrooms mixed with the tomato flavour were a great way to begin our meal, and we loved the fact that they were extra cheesy, as you can see from the shot.

Then we tried the frittura mista, which was also good. I mean, you can’t go wrong with fried seafood, right? I’d have loved a bit more seasoning but that’s probably just me. We squeezed some lemon on top and enjoyed the crispiness and texture from the prawns and calamari and got our stomaches ready for the rest of the meal.

What I do need to say is that we were really surprised by the portions. Coming from the States, we first felt a big contrast on the amount of food restaurants served in the UK compared to the US (and I don’t mean this as a bad thing), but these plates felt a little American in the sense that what you see pictured above is the small plate for the frittura mista, not the large one, so if you’re really hungry, rest assured your stomach will get what it needs.

Risotto di mare

I decided to continue with the seafood theme and ordered some risotto di mare as my main and, again, was surprised by the size of the dish and the amount of seafood. It was filled with tons of yummy pieces of everything I love from the ocean (except for the salt water), so you’re definitely getting what you’re expecting, and then some more.

I enjoyed the mix of all these elements with the tomato flavour as the base. So far, so good.

Scallopine funghi

Yes, apparently we’ve got a theme for mushrooms and seafood in this foodventure.

G ordered this dish and liked the tenderness of it. It was really nicely seasoned and the mushroom sauce had an amazing flavour that complemented the scallopine.

Overall, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these dishes. If you’ve tried them before, you’ll surely like these!

And then it was time for dessert.

Chocolate fudge cake

I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that I went for chocolate madness on my side of the table. I know I’m a food blogger and I should be trying different things to give you some insights on what to order next time, and get out of my comfort zone every once in a while, but I just couldn’t resist it.

This was my favourite part of the meal.

The cake itself was nice and spongy, and I really enjoyed the fact that, even though it had an amazing chocolate flavour, it wasn’t too sweet. To me, it was a great balance, and the ice cream was a nice complement, because I just can’t say no to ice cream.


G ordered tiramisu, and I’m going to share my own unpopular opinion here: I’m not the biggest tiramisu fan, tbh, but when I saw his reaction and heard him say at least three times that this tiramisu was his absolute favourite, I had to try it myself.

I’m surprised to say that I really enjoyed it. The cream was nice and sweet enough to contrast the coffee flavour and balance it out, which was the biggest selling point for me.

Desserts are definitely our thing.


Overall, we had a nice lunch experience at Don Giovanni’s. I loved being able to see the library from our table, and enjoyed watching people walk by without really feeling the noise from the city. That last bit felt like the best of both worlds to me.

Am I the only weirdo that likes to make stories in her mind about people and who they are based on what you see when they walk in front of you? I probably am.

Enough weirdness. I’m getting too awkward now.

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That’s it. Enough.

Michelle’s out.