Paradiso, Newcastle

imageParadiso has been around for donkey’s years. This grainy photo is of my 19th birthday, I believe, which we had in that very restaurant. Forgive the hair, but it was the 90s!


Many establishments in the area have come and gone (Popolo for example, which has been replaced with the fab Bierrex), but Paradiso has been the constant. It probably has changed hands a few times, but the menu tends to be consistent. My birthday meal, oddly enough, was a delicious steak served with Pak Choi. Funny how I can still remember it after all these years.

imageMe and my mate Laura had been trying to meet up for blinking ages, but with babies and moving house we just couldn’t seem to find the time. One of my luxuries is having a Monday off the day job to blog and thankfully we were able to schedule a quick bite to eat in Paradiso to have our long overdue natter.

imageThe restaurant has a lunch time Express Lunch menu on offer for £7.95, available Monday to Friday 11 until 2:30pm, so we opted for this. Laura ordered their Fresh Mozzarella Salad to start, followed by the Chicken Risotto. The homemade Soup of the Day when we visited was Carrot and Coriander, so I chose this also followed by the Risotto.

imageLaura’s starter was artfully arranged, so I took great delight snapping away for the Canny Food Instagram. Drizzled with pesto and well seasoned, it may have been simple but it was well executed. My soup was ok, but was on the bland side. I know the coriander was present, but couldn’t taste it.

imageOur mains arrived in speedy fashion. I initially felt the portion size was measly, but to be honest it was probably just right for a lunch time feed. The risotto had a good flavour and the rice still retained some bite.

imageAll things considered, our lunch was good for the price. I’m surprised it wasn’t busier with such a reasonable lunch time offering. The waiters were friendly and attentive, and the restaurant has a relaxed vibe. It was good to see the footnote on the menu that those on a gluten free or vegan diet could be accommodated, so I may take Mr. Canny there for an early evening bite in the future.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x


  1. North East Family Fun

    I’ve never been to Paradiso but often walked past – it seems like a bargain at £7.95 for lunch so we will have to try x

  2. Rachel Kershaw

    Great post, I love the old photo! This place is five minutes from my office, I should definitely go more often x

  3. Lynn Huggins-Cooper

    will have to give this a try!


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