Four of the best pasta places in Newcastle to carb-load for the Great North Run

Eating carbs can help the muscles store energy.

Eating carbs before the Great North Run can be beneficial to your body. This is due to an increase in glycogen in the liver, that the muscles can use.

To put it simply, eating carbs can help your muscles to store energy for the run.

Pasta is a great source of carbohydrates, so we have chosen the best pasta restaurants for you to carb-load at before the Great North Run.

Zucchini Pasta Bar

Zucchini offers hand-rolled pasta, and ‘Italian soul food’, at affordable prices. All of their authentic dishes are made fresh, every day. Zucchini advertises itself as a ‘casual’ pasta bar. Alongside their pasta dishes, they also serve a bottomless brunch every day, and a variety of cocktails. The pasta bar is located at the bottom of Pilgrim Street, not too far from the GNR’s starting point in the city centre.


Topolino prides itself on an ‘amazing atmosphere’ within its restaurant. They cook their authentic pasta dishes to the highest of standards using high quality ingredients. They also serve meat and fish dishes for those who are not huge pasta lovers. They also offer a Sunday menu, Kids menu and a Happy Hour menu - there is something for everyone! Topolino is located on Dean Street, which is between Monument and the Quayside.


Prima’s unique location (under a railway arch on Newcastle’s Quayside), is what has made this restaurant so popular, but their pasta dishes are also absolutely delicious. To complement the dishes, Prima has a completely Italian wine list too.

Marco Polo

Since its beginnings in 1974, Marco Polo has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in Newcastle. They use locally sourced ingredients from a local Italian supplier. They take traditional pasta dishes and put their own imaginative twist to them. Marco Polo is located on Dean Street, opposite Topolino!