Rigatoni’s closes its Sale branch, just a month after its rebrand

"This decision we hope you will understand, was not an easy one..."

By Ben Arnold | 5 February 2024

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The owners of Rigatoni’s have confirmed that they’re closing their branch in Sale.

Formerly known as Sud Pasta, and Sugo before that, they opened the Sale branch on Stanley Square in 2022.

“Dear valued customers and community. It is with a genuinely heavy heart that we announce the closure of our restaurant in Sale with immediate effect,” it said in a post to Facebook.

“We want to express our deepest gratitude for your support in Sale since 2022. This decision we hope you will understand, was not an easy one.

“It is no secret that the hospitality industry, like many others, has faced huge challenges in recent times. Sadly, specifically in Sale and despite our best efforts, we haven’t been able to navigate our way through those financial challenges. Please continue to support your local businesses!”

Owners Mike and Alex de Martiis transformed the branding for their restaurants at the beginning of January, changing their name from Sud Pasta to Rigatoni’s, and simplifying their menu.


Prior to that, the small chain was called Sugo, with restaurants in Altrincham, Sale and Ancoats, as well as a concession in Exhibition. The Altrincham, Ancoats and Exhibition branches remain open.

They went on: “As we say goodbye to Sale, we want to take a moment to acknowledge our dedicated staff, who have worked tirelessly. Their passion and hard work have been the backbone of our restaurant in Sale.

“You can continue to enjoy Rigatoni’s at our restaurants in Altrincham & Ancoats, as well as our kitchen at Exhibition in the city centre. And you don’t need us to tell you there’s a cracking set of shops, bars and restaurants in Stanley Square that we will continue to support.

“Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of our journey; we will greatly miss serving the Sale community.

“Please divert any enquiries to hello@letsrigatoni.co.uk”