Adriano’s is located on Gosforth High Street, easily accessible from Newcastle city centre.
As a frequent visitor to the Adrianos deli, I was really looking forward to trying the dining experience the main restaurant offered.
We were greeted with the same warm welcome and seated in the bright restaurant area, with natural light pouring in from the atrium. The rustic décor is set off by neutral tones, and complemented by touches of greenery.
The restaurant is contemporary and spacious, with cosy tables set by the fireplace, tables set for large groups and a comfortable lounge area to enjoy an apéritif.
The Sardinian-inspired menu presents a mix of classic and more unusual Mediterranean dishes, all made to order with fresh and appetising ingredients.
There is also a selection of Sardinian tapas, which can be shared over a lighter lunch.
Our charming and attentive server, Pietro, detailed the specials available and was very knowledgeable in recommending a selection of refreshing wines to be enjoyed with our lunch.
I opted for the lunch and evening special – one course for £8.95, two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £14.95 – offering diners a selection of freshly-prepared starters, mains and desserts at great value for money.
My two colleagues and I sampled a selection of the appetiser and starter dishes, including focaccia topped with parma ham, mussels in white wine and garlic and bruschetta topped with fresh tomatoes, njuda – a spicy salami – and soft pecorino cheese.
This was swiftly followed by our mains, a generous portion of delicious tagliatelle, oven baked fillets of seabass, and a well-seasoned rack of lamb cooked in rosemary, garlic and red wine jus.
If you have room, there is a selection of desserts to sample (we opted for a traditional tiramisu and creamy cheesecake), or you can always finish your meal with a cappuccino, espresso…or your favourite tipple.
On the menu:
Gamberoni Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino £9.95
Pan fried king prawns with garlic, chilli and a splash of white wine served with a timbale of rice
Zuppetta di Cozze all’Arburesa £8.75
Fresh mussels in a white wine, garlic and parsley sauce
Insalata di finocchio*
Fennel, sun dried tomato and olive salad in a basil dressing
Spigola Arrosto £19.95
Oven baked fillets of sea bass with cherry tomatoes, fennel,parsley and a splash of vernaccia
Carré d’Agnello al Rosmarino £19.95
French trimmed rack of lamb cooked in a rosemary, garlic and red wine jus. Served on a bed of mashed potato
Tagliatelle alla Amatriciana*
Tagliatelle with bacon, onions and tomato sauce
Classic Italian trifle with layers of mascarpone cream and savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee and amaretto
84/90 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 1HB
0191 284 6464