Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eating Out: Popular Italian on Our Menu; EMILIO'S 96 Elvet Bridge Durham City Tel: 0191 384 0096 ***

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eating Out: Popular Italian on Our Menu; EMILIO'S 96 Elvet Bridge Durham City Tel: 0191 384 0096 ***

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Byline: RACHEL COX

EVERY few months, an old university friend from London travels up to meet with a couple of close pals and myself.

This weekend it was my turn to play host and decide where to go and what to do.

Although she lived here for six years, she had never ventured into Durham, so where else better to take her for a night out?

Not being much of a cook, I decided to take them to a family-run Italian restaurant, Emilio's, situated just over Elvet Bridge, in the shadows of Durham Cathedral.

I had heard some good reviews on the grapevine and been told they do a lovely chicken arrabiata. And knowing my mates like spicy food, I thought it was the perfect place to try.

On our way for a quick glass of vino, we walked past the restaurant, which didn't look that busy. I'd booked earlier in the day and had no problem getting a table for the time we wanted. But when we returned for our 8.30pm reservation, there was not a free table in sight. In my opinion, a good sign of a popular restaurant.

The waiter told us our table was ready but it was right next to the front door and he asked if we would prefer a table further inside the restaurant. We felt this showed a high quality of customer service.

We only had to wait five minutes for our new table, and this gave us the chance to flick through the menu, so we were more or less ready to order when we sat down.

On examining the surroundings, the restaurant is quite traditional, with dark oak tables, wooden beams, stone walls and low lighting.

There was a relaxed atmosphere, but the funky dance background music contradicted this. The oil paintings of old Italian courtyards that you would normally find in a restaurant of this style were replaced with large family portraits and photographs, which is not something that would be to everyone's taste.

However, for the restaurant being so busy, you still felt you had privacy and that conversations were kept to your own table. …

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