Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Trattoria Still Has the Touch; FOOD REVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Trattoria Still Has the Touch; FOOD REVIEW

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Byline: FOOD REVIEW By Kathryn Beeson

Uno's Trattoria 18 Sandhill, Newcastle Tel: 0191 261 5264 Web: unotrattoria.co.uk Opening times: noon to 11pm (Mon-Sat); noon to 10pm (Sun) Food: Service: Ambience: like the idea of a 'Trattoria'.

It evokes a certain sense of homeliness - of cured hams hanging from counters and of hearty plates of pasta consumed on terraces overlooking picturesque vineyard scenes.

I'm not in Italy, unfortunately. No balmy Tuscan sunsets for me. I'm in Newcastle, mid January. It's freezing, but this hasn't stopped a Metro-load of revellers in T-shirts and strappy dresses from spilling out into Saturday night's sub-zero temperatures, insulated only by alcohol and fishnet tights.

These scenes melt away as we enter Uno's Trattoria. I'm told by older colleagues that the Quayside eatery was 'the place to be' during the 80s, and it still retains a lot of its original appeal as far as I can tell.

There's a convivial hum about the place, and between the terracotta-coloured walls, the friendly welcome and the laid-back atmosphere, everything starts to feel distinctly Mediterranean.

REVIEW FOOD I opted to start with the bruschetta selection, and was impressed by the variety of toppings - a refreshing break from the 'chop up a tomato and put it on some bread' approach to the dish employed by an unfortunate number of Italian bistros.

By Kathryn My friend's potato skins with a 'selection' (read: mayonnaise and barbecue sauce) were nice enough, but slightly dry. No major issues though, so we spent a leisurely amount of time looking forward to our mains.

Service was not the fastest in the world, but it didn't matter. …

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