Monday, 30 November 2015

Eating in the North East - Paradiso

If there's one thing that you can eat and eat and never have enough of, it's pizza isn't it...

C'mon, don't lie to me, you know you're agreeing with me right now and dreaming of that doughy, cheesey goodness being delivered straight to your door.

Italian food is just one of the absolute best cuisines and in Newcastle, there are a lot of different places to indulge in it. If ever I could give my expert opinion on something - it may not be astrophysics, and it probably wouldn't be the history of the coal war - however pizza and pasta or any type of carb? I'm on it.

Paradiso, situated in the centre of Newcastle city centre, is a three floor Italian and Mediterranean cafe-restaurant. Tucked in a little alleyway, alongside a cluster of other bars and restaurants, it isn't the most obvious place to go, and it certainly isn't the most visible however both times I've visited, it has really impressed me.

On the two occasions I've visited, I ordered from the set menu, and had two courses for £16.95. It probably isn't the cheapest you can find around the toon, however on a Friday night it's not going to be significantly less, and the quality most certainly justifies it.

If mussels are an option for a starter, it's a pretty safe bet that that's exactly what I'll be ordering, I just can't help myself. For the main, I was having an absolute mare trying to decide both times I visited because the menu has some amazingly good sounding options (is that even English? I haven't blogged in a while, please forgive me) so I decided to go for a 'half an half' and fill my boots with two rather fabulous carbs.

I prefer pizzas that have a very thin crust (aside from Dominoes cos its da bomb) so those at Paradiso aren't the best I've ever tried for me personally but holy moly, the linguini pasta with mussels, tiger prawns, salmon, squid in a spicy tomato sauce was so good I was half tempted to order another portion.

The service was really great both times I've visited, with friendly staff who served our table with drinks and food really quickly. Despite not booking either time, we were shown to a table immediately and not rushed out either time even though it was pretty busy.

If you're looking for a reliable, good quality Italian in the city centre, with a nice vibe and relaxed atmosphere, Paradiso is as good a shout as any.

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