Over the last few years, NewcastleGateshead's restaurant scene has continued to grow, allowing the North East to become one of the UK's best places to eat and drink. With so many great restaurants to choose from, it’s almost impossible to narrow down which type of cuisine to opt for, though for many, Italian always wins!

You’ll be pleased to know that NewcastleGateshead is home to some of the best Italian restaurants in the North East. From fresh pasta dishes, Italian tapas and delicious fresh-baked pizza; if you're looking for a great Italian restaurant in NewcastleGateshead, you’ll find plenty to sink your teeth into in our list!

Pizzeria Francesca, Jesmond

Pizzeria Francesca, Jesmond

Opened in 1983, this family-run Italian restaurant is one of the best known in NewcastleGateshead. Situated in the heart of Jesmond, low lighting, muted music and authentic dishes make Francesca's a rustic restaurant where you are guaranteed a genuine Italian experience.

With charming atmosphere and family friendly hosting, this Jesmond restaurant is usually packed out every night with loyal local customers and fresh faces tucking into hearty home-made Italian meals. Be sure to book in advance, as tables can fill up fast, but there is no denying it will be worth it.

Pani's Cafe, Newcastle

Pani's Cafe, Newcastle

Opened in 1995 by two Sardinian brothers, Pani's has left its stamp on the NewcastleGateshead culinary scene to become one of the city's favourite Italian restaurants. Located in the heart of the city centre, what makes Pani's so special is its slightly different approach to Italian cuisine, which instead takes its influences from Sardinia. Here you’ll find new and interesting Mediterranean inspired dishes that you won’t find elsewhere in the city.

Choose from tapas style platters, unique pasta medley’s and robust salads full of flavour which use classic Italian ingredients for a taste of Italy with a twist! Throw in some good service (including Geordie-Italian accents), beautiful décor, a truly relaxed continental atmosphere and you're onto a winner.

Paradiso, Newcastle

Paradiso, Newcastle

Hidden away down the small cobbled side street of Market Lane, Paradiso is one of the city's most accommodating Italian restaurants. Located in an old print works, this three-storey venue also boasts a lovely sun terrace for alfresco dining. This stylish restaurant prides itself on creating the best and most affordable Mediterranean food with an added touch of class.

With a main seating area and bar on the first floor, an open-plan kitchen on the second and a private dining room with its own skylight on the third – Paradiso Italian caters not only for small groups but large parties.

Prima Ristorante, Newcastle Quayside 

Prima Ristorante, Newcastle

Located at The Side, on Newcastle's Quayside, Prima has a fantastic reputation for amazing, freshly made pizzas and Italian dishes. This spacious three floor restaurant features original stone walls and most notably, a beautiful stone arch, which provides an authentic atmosphere which will instantly transport you to the shores of Sicily or the quaint eateries of Naples.

Perfect for larger parties or celebratory meals thanks to its three function rooms that can seat anywhere between 20 to 120 people, Prima is a great choice for a special occasion; Italian style!

Sabatini, Newcastle Quayside

Sabatini, Newcastle

Opening over twenty years ago, Sabatini continues to bring truly authentic Italian food to hungry guests. Overlooking the iconic Quayside, on the Newcastle side of the Tyne; Sabatini’s lives up to its reputation for bringing delicious and authentic Italian cuisine to the North East, with a Sardinian flair! This family run restaurant offers a cosy yet modern setting that reflects its elegant and refined cuisine, including bistro style dining, wallet-friendly lunch menus and an extensive wine list!

Whether you pluck for a delicious plate of antipasti, a basket of bruschetta or aromatic fish and meat dishes, you’ll be sure to get your fill at Sabatini’s. Split into two rooms, why not choose from the classic ristorante? Or, if you prefer something low-key, you can enjoy the relaxed lounge which serves cocktails and snacks around comfy sofas and a warm fire.

Adriano’s

If you’re keen for a quieter dining experience outside of the city, Adrianos Italian Restaurant and Deli in Gosforth is the place for you. Housed behind Gosforth High Street, this Sardinian influenced Italian restaurant is the perfect place to grab lunch or an evening meal. Serving up classic Italian dishes and tapas using all fresh and authentic ingredients – many of which you can pick up at the accompanying deli – the best bit about Adriano’s is the outdoor courtyard which is perfect suntrap in summer for dining alfresco.

Finish your evening with a refreshing glass of Aperol or Italian wine, and try out the creamy gelato pudding for a true taste of Italy!

Have we missed out your favourite Italian restaurant in NewcastleGateshead? Get in touch with us on Twitter @altweet_pet  to let us know your top Italian restaurants in the North East.

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Pizzeria Francesca
Restaurant
Pizzeria Francesca

Muted music and lighting in this rustic looking Italian, which is usually packed out due to its loyal customers who can‘t get enough of the authentic dishes served up here.

Pani's
Café
Pani's

This stylish cafe is run by a Sardinian family who are red hot on service. The Italian menu includes anything from sandwiches to pasta, plus a range of cakes to die for.

Paradiso
Restaurant
Paradiso

Set over two floors this eatery is as stylish as they come, attracting many of the fashionable types around town. It‘s a jack of all trades too with great sandwiches and snacks during the day, full à la carte menu at night.

Prima Ristorante
Restaurant
Prima Restaurant

Though a pizzeria at heart, Prima’s expert chefs can whip up over 20 pasta dishes, not to mention steaks, stroganoffs and risottos.

Sabatini Ristorante
Restaurant
Sabatini - Newcastle Quayside

Sabatini has recently undergone an exciting refurbishment, the family-run restaurant continues to provide diners with the very finest in authentic Italian food in contemporary surroundings.

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