One of the North East's favourite restaurants is offering diners a
taste of Mediterranean sunshine, with the introduction of a whole host
of new Italian dishes
Prima Ristorante and Pizzeria, which has been based in the arches
of the old High Level Bridge at Newcastle Quayside for more than 14
years, is introducing eight new dishes to its menu each designed to
showcase the best seasonal produce and capture the fresh flavours of
summertime in Italy.
The new dishes, which will be available at the family run
restaurant into the autumn, include starters of carpaccio of beef
fillet, served with rocket salad and parmesan shavings, belly pork
pieces served with crispy black pudding and pepper sauce and pan
fried scallops with mint pea puree, black pudding and Parma ham crisps.
The new seasonal main courses include spaghetti con Polpette, an
Italian classic with homemade meatballs, Ravioli di Garncchio, with
crab meat and pecorino cheese and Giacoma pizza topped with tomato,
mozzarella, bolognese and chilli.
An additional meat dish has also been added to the Chef's
Recommendations section of Prima's extensive menu, which consists of
chicken breast stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, wrapped in Parma ham
and served with roasted peppers, spinach and a cream sauce.
Paul Bernardelli, who co-owns Prima with his brother-in-law
Fabrizio Saba, said: "The British summer has been pretty
disastrous this year, with extending periods of sunshine being few
and far between. We hope that these new dishes will give people the
chance to enjoy a taste of what a sun-filled summer could be like on
holiday in Italy, without the need for them to venture overseas."
Food is currently served daily at Prima from midday, with happy
hours running at various times throughout the week. Prices start from
around £4.95 for a starter, £7.50 for pizza or pasta and
£10.95 for a meat or fish based main course.
The new summer dishes are priced at £6.25 (carpaccio),
£6.75 (belly pork), £8.50 (scallops and spaghetti),
£8.95 (pizza), £10.95 (ravioli) and £12.95 (chicken).