Top five Italian restaurants in Newcastle, according to Tripadvisor reviews - from Pani’s to Mascalzone

The best restaurants in Newcastle for Italian food

Some of the most versatile food in the world comes from Italy. Their cuisine ranges from calzones, carbonara, pizza and more.

It’s a simple delicacy that is relatively easy to make, but is up there with the very best of tastes.

Here’s the top five restaurants in Newcastle to get some Italian food, according to Tripadvisor reviews.

Topolino Restaurant

This restaurant has a perfect five star review from 387 reviews and also serves vegan and vegetarian options making it inclusive for many.

One review from June 2022 says: “Visited the restaurant for a second visit and found it as good as previous. We selected the Pinot Grigio Rose for our wine which was very good.

“Me and my wife had a garlic bread with cheese as a starter which is very filling, so be careful.

“Our mains were Strozzapreti Pollo and Tagliatelle Chorizo (As Pictured) both top draw with plenty of King Prawns and Chicken.”

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La Famiglia

This restaurant also has a perfect five star review, this time frm 311 reviews and ranks at 17th from 847 restaurants in Newcastle on Tripadvisor.

One review, left in early September 2022 said: “I saw this Italian restaurant online and needed somewhere to go for a friend’s birthday. It was lovely from start to finish. The cheesy garlic bread was divine but the carbonara portion was huge and delicious. The staff were so friendly and attentive. I will be returning to the modern and warm restaurant in the future with more family and friends”

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Another flawless five star review, Mascalzone has a cracking price range of £6 to £12, making it affordable for many too.

This review, left in mid-July 2022 says “Second visit this week, food just amazing, staff attentive and friendly, get yourself there not much more to say!”

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Fuego Mediterranean Wine Bar and Restaurant

Unfortunately we’ve lost the five star run, but this restaurant, from 353 reviews has a 4.5 star rating and serves vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

A review left in late August 2022 says: “Came here as a party of 5 for a business lunch. Service was discrete and efficient, food was very tasty, all in a bustling restaurant next to a shopping area. Would visit again.”

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Rounding off this list is Pani’s, which has a 4.5 star rating from over 1,100 reviews and is in the top 50 restaurants across Newcastle.

One review left in early September 2022 says: “The warmth of the genuine welcome, the ambience, the feel and the vibe as we walked in, the friendliness and good humour of the staff. We both chose the lobster ravioli with prawns, the sauce of which was just delicious.

“Presentation was immaculate, the service was faultless. The mark of authenticity, for me, is decided by the fact that it genuinely felt as though we were in Sardinia or Italy. This was our first visit and we’re delighted to have found Pani’s. Ah, I forgot to mention the very reasonable pricing.

“Why would anyone choose to dine at a chain restaurant churning out the same dishes through the whole country? Independent businesses like this for us, every single time.”

For more information and to book a table, visit Tripadvisor.