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REVIEW: Scalini’s, Jesmond Newcastle

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WHAT? A homely Italian restaurant in the trendy student area of Jesmond, Newcastle (there’s one in Gosforth, too), offering up homemade pizza and pasta at awesome prices.

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On a recent weekend in Newcastle (more on that to follow!) we enjoyed a pleasant walk around Jesmond Dene, popping into Scalini’s to thaw freezing hands and grab some lunch.

That all-too-familiar ‘why do I live in London?’ thought train passed through, as we checked out the weekend prices. From 12 noon to 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays it’s £10.95 for two courses, and the portions are not paltry.

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There’s a decent drinks selection – we opted for two large glasses of Argentinian El Colectivo Malbec at £7.50 a glass (although there were cheaper options – we fear London’s given us expensive taste, too).

HOW MUCH? This being the North, everything’s astoundingly cheap compared to London. The HUGE (we mean ginormous) pizzas hover around £8.95 – we shared a delicious (and did we mention *massive*?) ‘Calzone traditional’ with ham, tomato, mozzarella, mushroom and onions plus a generous insilate di caprese (£6.25).

Starters are around £6 (try the deep-fried salt and pepper calamari) and steaks are reasonable – a 8oz prime aged dry sirloin is £18.25. There’s a great kids menu, and Sunday dinners look something special, too.

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WHERE? Jesmond Dene is a pretty area to walk around, full of quirky charity shops, student cafes, burger bars and more.

ADDRESS: 61 Osborne Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AN

WEBSITE: Scalinisrestaurant.co.ukSign-Up To FashionBite’s Weekly News

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