Monday, 12 May 2014

An Italian Fairytale

I can't remember when I spotted Pinocchio, but I do know it's been on my restaurant wish list ever since I first clapped eyes on it.  It's not somewhere I've ever heard mentioned and I've not seen any reviews, I literally just stumbled across it one day and after a little look through the window I decided I wanted to give it a go.

So when a Living Social deal flashed up on my phone I took it as a sign and booked a table.    The deal was a Starter, Main and a Glass of Wine for two people for £18.00 (I can't say enough how much I love Living Social and I am going to do a blog post all about it soon!)

Pinocchio is an Italian restaurant in the centre of Newcastle and if, like me, you spend a lot of your time with your head up in the clouds and enjoy a good fairy tale it's a bit of a gem.









The restaurant is so charming, from it's pale blue exterior to the beautiful Pinocchio murals on the walls there is so much to look at.   The space is pretty big and there are loads of tables yet as the restaurant is split into four little sections it's the perfect place for an intimate date or a catch up with friends.  




Now, it's all very well getting swept away by the lovely d├ęcor, but is the food up to scratch?  

I love Italian food, probably because it tends to lead to a big carb overload and everything comes caked in cheese.  To me it's the ultimate indulgence.   So we were very hopeful about finding ourselves a great local Italian to become a favourite.



The menu is really large with plenty of choice, so it took us a little while to pick out what we wanted.  Simon decided to start with Bucci di Patate (Potato Skins) which he enjoyed dipping in BBQ sauce and I went for the Funghi Trifolati (Garlic Mushrooms served with toasted bread).   It was delicious although the greedy part of me did wish there was more bread to dip in the garlic butter.



For our main meal we both picked out the same, Calzone.  I love Calzone, it's especially great after work when you're famished and ready to eat something mammoth.   When it came out my eyes almost popped out of my head.  It was so huge and reminded me a little of Man Vs Food.  The Calzone was filled with a gorgeous cheesy sauce as well as ham and mushrooms.   Initially I was wondering how I'd ever eat it all, but I'm very proud to say that I ate every single last bite.

We had a really lovely evening and will definitely be back, if you want generous portions of yummy Italian food at really reasonable prices I recommend you swing by and give it a try ... as you can see by the size of my nose, I tell the truth!

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    1. It was very good .. I'd like to go back ... right now!

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  2. Such a pretty restaurant and the food looks amazing! x

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  3. Ive never seen this restaurant before! might have to give it a go the interior is so cute! xxx

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    1. I'm not sure how I even stumbled across it, or what made me notice it and nose through the windows .. it's well worth a trip!

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  4. This looks gorgeous, you're making me very sad I don't live anywhere near Newcastle with all these yummy places you visit.
    I love Italian food too, well the heavy carb side but problem is I hate cheese so it's a nightmare for me :(

    Belle x Part of Belle's world

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    1. Book a long weekend break to the North East :)

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  5. This looks delightful.. though, that puppet looks a little scary. :/
    Love places that have character..
    I Love a Calzone, or a posh pizza, too.

    Caroline.x
    notesfromcaroline.com

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  6. This is so adorable, straight out of a fairytale. It's like an adult and sophisticated Disney restaurant!!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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    1. That's exactly what I thought, it felt like a themed restaurant in one of the Disney parks, but with much nicer food!

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  7. I love italian it is one of my favourite foods. What a great idea for a restaurant. Hope the calzone tasted as good as it looked Lucy x

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    1. SO good ... I still can't believe I ate so much!

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  8. The amount of times I've sat opposite here waiting to get let into the o2 academy for gigs is unreal! I never even knew it was a restaurant! That calzone is massive too!
    Kloe xx
    skullsnkisses.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Wow that looks amazing :D

    www.gingerbreadsmiles.co.uk
    xox

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  10. i love Calzone.. looks good www.thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

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