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  • 40-42 King Street West, M3 2WY

  • Selfridges, Exchange Square, Lower ground floor, Manchester, M3 1BD

  • Selfridges, Exchange Square, Second floor, Manchester, M3 1BD

  • Fumo, St Peters Square, 1 St Peter's Square, Manchester M1 5AN

  • House of Fraser, King Street West, Manchester

  • Marriott Hotel, Hale Road, Hale Barns, Cheshire

  • 6 - 7 South Parade, LS1 5QX

  • Flying Pizza 60 Street Lane, Roundhay, LS8 2DQ

  • 44 Corn Street, BS1 1HQ

  • 41 Castle Street, L2 9SH

  • 38-40 Granby Street, LE1 1DE

  • The Rooftop, Selfridges, Oxford St, London, W1A 1AB

  • 2 Regent Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 4LR

  • Knightsbridge Green, SW1X 7QL

  • 37 St Martins Lane WC2N 4ER

  • 215 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HL

  • Covent Garden, 30 Wellington St, London, WC2E 7BD

  • Floor 1, Selfridges, Birmingham, B5 4BU

  • Fumo Restaurant on 4, Selfridges, Upper Mall East, Birmingham, B5 4BP

  • Temple Street, B2 5BN

  • 1 Waterloo Street Birmingham B2 5PG

  • Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, As Sulimaniyah, 12241 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • Cicchetti Doha, Qatar Shoumouhk Towers Qatar, Doha

  • Signor Sassi Bangkok 991 Siam Paragon Shopping Center Bangkok 10330

  • San Carlo Cicchetti Al Aali Complex, Seef District, Bahrain

The San Carlo story first began in 1992 in Birmingham, when Carlo Distefano opened the first San Carlo restaurant. San Carlo quickly became a favourite with many of the city's residents due to its authentic Italian food, ambient atmosphere and high standards of service. San Carlo now operates throughout the country with leading restaurants in Bristol, Leicester, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and London. All San Carlo restaurants create food of the highest quality, but each restaurant displays its own unique style in food due to the individuality of our creative chefs and management. San Carlo are proud to be able to provide the true essence of authentic Italian food in contemporary surroundings.

    Carlo Distefano


Our Story

The San Carlo story begins in Sicily, the birthplace of our chairman Carlo Distefano. A tale of entrepreneurial success, Carlo arrived in Britain in 1962 aged 17, with £12 in his pocket, a work permit and the promise of a job at a barbershop.

A self-confessed workaholic, by the age of 20, Carlo opened his first joint business venture, a hairdressing salon in Leeds; he also had interests in a coffee bar and disco. But food was always to be Carlo’s primary passion, working six or seven days a week, any free time would be spent in London where he’d dine at the most lauded restaurants in the city – including the Savoy, the Dorchester and Simpsons. It was here that Carlo’s passion for great food, style and service became his driving force.


In 1992 Carlo opened his first eponymously named restaurant in Temple Street, Birmingham, then a humble 20 table restaurant. Celebrities, sporting stars and loyal diners made San Carlo their restaurant of choice and soon Carlo had a success on his hands, Bristol opened in 1996, Leicester in the late 90’s and then Manchester, which has gone on to become possibly the highest profile, busiest restaurant outside of London.

Our Heritage

Joined by two generations of the Distefano family, the San Carlo group of award winning contemporary Italian restaurants has grown to become a £60 million restaurant empire which currently numbers 16 authentic Italian restaurants across the UK – from Covent Garden, Piccadilly and Knightsbridge Green in London to Bristol, Leicester, Liverpool Leeds, Cheshire and Manchester and with a growing number overseas – including Kuwait, Bangkok and Qatar and with new sites set to open in Bahrain, Dubai and Riyadh.



Sites across England & The Middle East

“We all share pride and passion for the business my father built.”

Marcello Distefano, Managing Director


  • Carlo Distefano


  • Marcello Distefano

    Managing Director

  • Sacha Distefano


  • Alessandro Distefano


Our Values

In a world of chain operators and centralised kitchens, the San Carlo restaurant group remains defiantly independent. Each award winning Italian restaurant headed up by its own team of skilled chefs and management and working with only the best Italian seasonal produce – all underpinned by one thing – a passion for great food, service and style.

Now, after twenty years and still working seven days a week, Carlo has overseen the dramatic expansion of the business which has flourished to employ more than 1,000 people across the globe and won more than thirty industry and consumer awards.

Our Ingredients

“The key to everything is the quality of the ingredients, that is what it comes down to. Italian food is based on simple cooking. So if the quality of your ingredients is good enough, then people will come back”

-Marcello Distefano

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