Pinocchio (Newcastle, England)
Member Name: juicy_lucy
Pinocchio (Newcastle, England)
Advantages: Relaxed atmosphere and good food
Disadvantages: The toilets
We have eaten at this restaurant on several occasions, simply because we enjoy the atmosphere and the food.
The restaurant is situated in the centre of Newcastle close to the Central Station and the metro; there is also plenty of also plenty of on street and off street parking close by.
From the outside the restaurant looks nothing special, with the usual covered window and a distressed door, but once inside first impressions certainly change. Once inside there is a small bar and seating area all in a blue distressed wood with pictures drawn by children on the wall above the door; Little Miss has done some and they are still there- we know because she always checks! The restaurant is actually one long room extending to the kitchen right at the back with the toilets downstairs, but the one long room is divided into 3 smaller rooms which makes it more cosy and intimate.
There is a bar at the front of the restaurant and the décor of the whole place is very fairy tale like with large murals on all of the walls depicting and following the story of Pinocchio. There are alcoves between the smaller rooms and on these alcoves and other surfaces are large colourful statues of Pinocchio, special bottles of wine and large glasses. On the walls there are also large framed pictures which are all appropriate to the theme of the restaurant. The whole fairy tale/shabby chic décor is completed with carved and distressed coving and woodwork. It's a very pleasant place in which to sit!
The tables are covered with crisp white table cloths although I am always disappointed that there are serviettes instead of napkins. The wooden chairs are wicker, upholstered and very comfortable.
There is the a la carte menu, a chuldren's menu and three specials menus, starting at £7.95. we have eaten several times from this menu which is available between 5pm and 7pm. There are 4 starters to chose from including potato skins and Garlic Mushrooms served with Toast, and 6 main courses featuring pizza and pasta dishes. Although there are no meat dishes, the portions are always plentiful and tasty and it's very good value for money. The more expensive options include meat dishes and even the most expensive at £10.95 is tremendous value for money.
More recently we ate out with 5 adults and a child from the a la carte menu. Given that it was quite late and we didn't want a heavy meal, and decided to have only a main course from the a la carte menu. This menu features a good range of hot and cold starters, meat dishes, fish dishes, pizzas and pastas. Two of our party chose Risotto agli Asparagi e Pollo Rice with Asparagus, Chicken, Chilli,Tomato and Cream (7.95). It was very garlicky and had too much garlic for one of the people who ordered it. For me, who really likes garlic, it was delicious, both taste and consistency, and served nicely in a large white bowl with high sides. The vegetarian amongst us chose Vegetariana Mushroom, Onions, Courgettte,Pepper and Spinach (£8.50) which had a nice thin crust and not too much cheese but plenty of vegetables. The lasagne costs £7.95 and is a large and apparently very tasty meal. We also ordered a Pizza Pinocchio which had lots of ham, bacon, chicken, bolognese sauce and Spicy Sausage; definitely one for the meat lovers! Little Miss chose the chicken in breadcrumbs and chips which consisted of 2 large pieces of chicken and proper chips. She asked for ketchup which was brought to her and with a portion of ice cream, this meal for around £5 was not expensive and very plentiful. Altogether including drinks (no alcohol) this cost less than £60 so great value!!
The whole menu can be viewed at www.pinocchionewcastle.co.uk, because its way too big for me to go through all of the dishes.
Monday - Saturday: 12:00am ~ 2:00pm and 5:00pm ~ 10:00pm
Sunday: occasionally open 5:00pm ~ 10:00pm
Address: 61 Westgate Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SG
Telephone: (0191) 232 0708
Bookings can also be made online
The restaurant is centrally located and has plenty of nearby parking spaces and great transport links including the Metro and frequent buses.
Even without a booking the staff are always friendly and courteous and will explain how long you have to wait if there is going to be a wait. The décor is great and even while waiting for a meal, there is plenty to look at and also talk about if conversation dries up. Its an ideal place for couples and also for larger parties as the different size and shape of tables and smaller more intimate rooms lend themselves to all types of parties.
Each time we have been to the restaurant the food has been delicious and the portions plentiful.
The one thing which needs updating are the toilets which are situated downstairs. Whilst they are clean, and there is plenty of liquid soap, they are a bit bleak and tired looking and the paintwork needs redoing.
Worth a visit if in the area. I will be going back especially if going to the theatre as its very close to the Tyne Theatre and the timings for the special menu lends itself to theatre times.
Thanks for reading