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Gino D’Acampo’s love affair with Manchester continues with the opening of his first Pizza & Prosecco Bar at Next, Manchester Arndale

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his opening follows the huge success of his first Manchester restaurant in the Corn Exchange

The UK’s favourite Italian chef will open his first Pizza & Prosecco Bar, in the refurbished flagship store of fashion retailer Next at Manchester Arndale on Friday 24th November 2017.

This opening follows the huge success of his first Manchester restaurant in the Corn Exchange.

My Pizza & Prosecco Bar by Gino D’Acampo seats over 200 people and is situated on the first floor of Next, accessed both from the store and a dedicated entrance on Corporation Street.

The restaurant will open from 10am until 11pm, seven days a week.

The restaurant has been designed on a grand scale with high ceilings and a glass façade with a panoramic view of Cathedral Gardens and some of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.  At the centre of the restaurant is an open kitchen featuring two handmade, copper wood-fired Italian Pizza Ovens and a cold counter including an ice cream bar.  Taking centre stage is a 23-metre island prosecco bar.

The restaurant has Gino’s trademark washed woods, Carrara marble and striking green leather. Inspiration is taken from his favourite Italian yacht builder, Riva.

Gino wanted to give all the family, not just Next shoppers, a reason to visit with his clever use of space, designed to allow a very casual, all day, every day drinking and dining experience. Superfast free WIFI, complimentary work stations and a games room are all part of Gino’s vision of providing shoppers with a dining and a lifestyle experience.

Gino was born and raised in Napoli, in the south of Italy, the birthplace of pizza so he takes his promise of bringing real Neapolitan pizza to Manchester seriously.  The rest of the menu features favourites once again from his many books and TV shows.

The dessert menu is sure to be a hit with families; all ice creams and cakes are from Gino’s very own bakery and include a “build your own sundae” section for those ready to indulge.

The Prosecco bar features over 30 Prosecco, Franciacorta, and sparkling wines and wines all available by the glass. Gino’s exclusive partnerships with producers in Italy offers a wide selection not available anywhere else in the UK and at great prices.

The menu is complemented by iconic Italian cocktails, artisan bottled beers and last but certainly not least real Neapolitan coffee.

Gino first made his move into restaurants when he teamed up with friend and business partner Steven Walker, founder of Manchester based restaurant group Individual Restaurants. The partnership of Individual Restaurants and Gino D’Acampo goes from strength to strength with five openings this year and many more planned in exciting locations in 2018. A deal was announced with fashion retailer Next earlier this year and they plan significant growth from here.

Gino D’Acampo enjoys equal success on our screens with his rating busting primetime TV series, Gino’s Italian Escape, recently awarded best food show at the TV choice awards 2017. With over 4 million viewers his new show Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape is on ITV every Wednesday at 8pm.

Gino D’Acampo will host the opening in person as always and will be signing copies of his new book which accompanies his latest show.

Gino Said: “I’m super excited to be opening My Pizza and Prosecco Bar in Manchester and with my new partnership with Next. What more can someone want than great pizza, great prosecco and a bit of retail therapy.”