Pasta Factory

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 9 reviews )

77 Shudehill, Manchester, England, M4 4AN

Serves meat, vegan options available. Pastificio making pasta in-house and has vegan cheese. Vegan dishes are marked on the menu, includes spelt pasta, panna cotta, and at least one ravioli. Staff can tell you which items are vegan including which wine. Open Tue-Thu 12:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Italian, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by blinki

Excellent choices for vegans and vegetarians - Edit

I guess the only problem with the Pasta Factory is that it's in the wrong place. It's about 100 yards north of Shudehill Metrolink, facing the Crowne Plaza hotel so it's a little out of the city centre proper. At 6pm on a Tuesday evening, there were only a handful of people in there but it meant we got great service, attentive but not intrusive. If they were on Deansgate, I think they'd be packed to the doors from opening time till closing.

It's not the cheapest restaurant in Manchester but the food is a total win for vegans and vegetarians. It's refreshing to find an Italian-style restaurant that isn't based around pizzas. Everything here is a pasta dish, and very high quality too. There is a good selection of mains and desserts all clearly marked as vegan/vegetarian, and quite a few "specials" on the chalk-board. 

Do try the mushroom ravioli or the spelt pasta, both of which are excellent. Don't forget to sample a big spoonful of their addictive vegan parmesan too - they're already well-known for this. 

Updated from previous review on 2017-09-20

Pros: Vegan parmesan is like witchcraft!

Cons: None

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pleasantly surprised - Edit

We were recommended Pasta Factory by a friend and we were really surprised. They had respect for vegans and asked us immediately if we were vegetarian or vegan then provided amazing options for us which were all clearly labelled on the menu. The bread and olive board was the best I've had. The fresh pasta options were also nice but could definitely use some improving as it lacked the decadent taste I was looking for and it was more 'healthy' tasting. The desserts were similar - very nice but very healthy tasting.

Pros: wholesome and healthy , fresh pasta with no egg!, respectful and knowledgable

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Awesome Vegan Pasta Options - Edit

Heard great reports about the Pasta Factory, so had high expectations, which they exceeded. Had cannellini bean and mushroom soup to start, so velvety and smooth, it was delicious. I had the mushroom ravioli for mains...this was such a light delicate pasta with loads of filling in a delicious porcini and truffle sauce, a gorgeous dish. They offer vegan cheese and Parmesan too with several dessert options, chocolate ravioli which is always on the menu and as specials there were blueberry cheesecake and chocolate sorbet. All wines and beers are vegan friendly too, which makes life so much easier. Highly recommended.

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-13

Pros: Vegan options, Vegan wines and beers, Vegan cheeses

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Really impressed! - Edit

Lovely place, the waiter was so good with my children and made helpful suggestions. The mushroom ravioli was to die for! Can't wait to go back.

Pros: Lots of Vegan Options, Vegan Parmesan, Vegan Desserts

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Great vegan and vegetarian choices - Edit

Lively atmosphere, friendly staff who appreciate their customers. Traditional Italian pasta dishes made from a variety of different flours (e.g. Spelt) on the premises everyday. See their Facebook page.
Vegan desserts, vegan wines. They are fully aware of the nutritional requirements of vegans.
Can recommend highly.

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Delicious Italian Food - Edit

Pasta Factory is really conveniently located in town and is a really nice Italian restaurant. They have 3-4 vegan options on the menu for mains, plus a vegan antipasti option and one vegan dessert, alongside a sorbet. I had the mushroom ravioli and it was divine: so flavoursome an creamy. And we even got a pot of vegan parmesan for the table too! For dessert I had the chocolate ravioli, which was really nice, if not quite as dazzling as the main course.
As a bonus, all the alcohol is vegan and the staff are really friendly and welcoming.

Pros: High quality dishes, Vegan parmesan, Great service

Cons: A bit pricey

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Gorgeous pasta - Edit

Authentic italian pasta, delicious! They have lots of interesting vegan dishes including with ravioli and pasta with creamy sauces. All their vegan dishes are clearly labelled vegan. They also have vegan wine. The staff are very helpful and friendly. Yes, the portions are on the small side and it's not cheap, but worth every penny.

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Great pasta and excellent staff - Edit

The staff was very helpful and could give information about all the food they had there. Also there is a separate vegan card. I had a starters plate and some pasta which was very nice. A must try are the chocolate ravioli!
The only things I didn't like were the small portions. Also it's not a very cheap place.

Pros: Enough vegan options, Nice staff

Cons: Not cheap, Portions are small

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As good as any pasta you'd at in Italy - Edit

To be able to get fresh vegan pasta is amazing and the pasta here is excellent. The cake was one of the best I've ever had. Atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

Portions are Italian sized, which is small as they'd usually have more courses so I was left a little hungry having spent £17 on food.

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