It’s Sunday; No-one can be bothered to cook and the kids are bored. However, taking the kids out for lunch on a Sunday is a daunting prospect…Is this you? It’s definitely me! Well… Piccolino’s Italian Restaurant, situated on Newcastle’s Quayside, has the solution.
I would definitely describe Piccolino’s as a ‘big city restaurant’ as they are part of a corporate chain that has a venue in every major UK city. However, Piccolino’s have embraced our Geordie culture and formed a tangible family run atmosphere to their Newcastle Restaurant, proven by their hordes of regular customers.
The stylish eatery has thrown us parents a lifeline with their bi-monthly Kids Day event, where they offer to amuse the kids (for free!) with entertainment and Pizza making classes.
I took my family to the premium eatery last week in order to try their food and entertain the kids.
It’s a lovely space with its regimented cosy seating arrangements, lengthy bar and open woodstone pizza oven. The large windows, which run the whole length of the building, give the venue a real open and spacious feel. It was busy and bustling with a relaxed ‘people enjoying themselves’ vibe.
As we perused the impressive menu we were entertained by the brilliant Flash the Magician who bamboozled us with some amazing slight of hand trickery. The former Britain’s Got talent contestant has somewhat taken up residence at Piccolino’s Kids Day events and is worthy of a visit just to see him perform.
Piccolino’s offer a very tasty looking Sunday roast option for the more traditional minded, however, we decided to go down the Italian road.
Starters are from £5.25 and there’s a choice of classic Italian dishes. I opted for beef Carpaccio with rocket and parmesan that was tenderly perfect with a peppery sting in its tail. Obviously I dipped into other peoples and the feedback from the table was generally glowing. The hand stretched, wood fired garlic bread with Buffalo and fontina cheese also got my vote.
“… EXCELLENT, REASONABLY PRICED GOOD ITALIAN COOKING…”
Onto mains and their pizzas are from £8.50 (if the garlic bread we were given is anything to go on, these will be good) and pasta from £8.50, a steak will knock you back £18.00 plus. As part of kid’s day, my rabble were taken off to the pizza preparation area where they donned chef’s hats and created their own unique pizzas (£5.00) with some guidance from Piccolino’s expert Pizzaiolo.
Jess ordered the Parmigiana di Melanzane (£8.50) Baked aubergine, buffalo mozzarella, Parmesan, tomato & basil, which I have to say, for someone who doesn’t usually go down the veggie route; I found this dish to be delicious.
I ordered the 28 Day aged sirloin steak (£21.00), which was as good as any other steak I’ve had in the city – praise indeed. The kids wolfed down their really good pizzas and then…
It was onto puds, we opted for the deliciously fresh Limoncello cheesecake (£6.00). The kids ate some ice cream whilst the multi talented Flash made them his amazing balloon model creations.
I’m glad that Piccolino’s exceeded my expectations; it’s good to know there is another great Italian in town. It’s actually excellent, reasonably priced good Italian cooking and the Kids Day event is just a massive bonus.
If you want to dip your toe in the water, try the lunch deal – two courses for £15 – or just take the plunge and do dinner. You won’t be disappointed.
Stockbridge House, Trinity Gardens, Quayside, Newcastle, NE1 2HJ
Monday to Saturday
12.00 noon – 11.00pm
12.00 noon – 10.30pm
T: 0191 260 2912
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