The illustrious Italian celeb haunt has undergone a virginal makeover

MANCHESTER's most celeb-happy Italian restaurant, Rosso, has finally burst into 2017, hoping (like many of us) to start this year with a clean slate. In this case, a super, blindingly white clean slate.

Brave choice all that white. After all, Italians do love wine and sauce of a rich red hue

After closing doors to the old on New Year’s Day, the illustrious restaurant and cocktail bar makes its grand reopening on Friday 27 January, following a star-studded VIP bash attended by restaurant co-owner and former United and England star, Rio Ferdinand, songtress Rebecca Ferguson and party veteran Katie Price.

Rio and co. have overseen a complete colour transformation of the Grade II listed former bank building on King Street. Gone are the brash reds, blacks and famous face photo walls, replaced by a pared-down Grecian palette of whites, creams and marbles. It's positively angelic. Elsewhere, a newly expanded oak wood and marble bar stacked with an impressive array of bottles adds a technicolour splash in the corner.

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Designed by NLF Interiors, the opulent yet stripped-back appearance was intended to compliment the historic building’s original features, including the gorgeous period dome roof which is now even more striking with customisable LED lighting.

“It was time for something fresh, new and vibrant. We wanted to bring out all the beautiful detailing and the brighter colour scheme allows you to really appreciate the originality of the building,” says designer Lana Jenkins.

It’s certainly a modern and refined update for Rosso, suggesting an overall change in feel and direction for the restaurant (though a few celeb photos do remain in the basement), which will also include a brand new menu.

Still, brave choice all that white. After all, Italians do love wine and sauce of a rich red hue. And don't get us started on all that fake tan. We hope it's wipe clean, Rio.

Here's how it looks...

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