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REVIEW: Scalini’s, Jesmond Newcastle

REVIEW: Scalini’s, Jesmond Newcastle


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.


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.


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.


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


Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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