Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eating Out: Mamma Rosa

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eating Out: Mamma Rosa

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Byline: By Melanie Wightman

Mamma Rosa, Victoria Crescent, Cullercoats, tel: (0191) 251 5545

Due to the warm weather of late, I have taken the opportunity to spend most of my time at the coast, topping up the tan and sampling the delights of the local eateries.

One of the most impressive restaurants is Mamma Rosa's. With the exquisite view of Cullercoats Bay and the clocktower, this restaurant is great for unwinding and watching the world go by.

The decor is authentic Italian with open brickwork and tiled floors, the lighting is low and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming - you don't feel rushed to be in and out within an hour, even though it's busy.

When we arrived at about 8.30pm on a Thursday night, the restaurant was full and we had to queue. We had not booked and it is probably a good idea to do so, even during the week. We were told a table would be ready for us within an hour, so we tripped across the road to the pub to wait there.

When we returned there was no longer a queue, but the tables were almost all full. We were seated immediately and a bottle of Mateus Rose delivered within seconds.

We had been told portions are very large, so we sensibly decided on two starters between the four of us. We opted for Pane all'aglio and pomodoro, which is garlic bread with a tomato sauce (pounds 2.25), and Pane all' aglio and parmigiano - garlic bread with mozzarella (pounds 2.25). There is a wide selection of breads and hot and cold starters, including home-made pate with bruschetta, crab wrapped in smoked salmon, parma ham with melon, avocado prawns, calamari and black pudding with diane or pepper sauce, to name but a few. The prices range from pounds 2 for garlic bread to pounds 5.95 for gamberoni.

The waiter serving our table was friendly and efficient, as was the waitress looking after other customers.

For main courses, our choice was varied but we eventually decided on Genovese pizza (pounds 5. …

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