Caffe Zonzo, Newcastle
I might cause a Twitter follower to be grumpy with me because of this post, but I’m willing to take the risk! Sorry in advance to Howard if your favourite haunt is inundated with diners and you can’t get a table in the future. 🙂
A while ago I saw a tweet about an amazingly good Italian in the Sandyford area of Newcastle. It was put on the list of places to visit, and this week I popped in after work to sample Caffe Zonzo for myself.
We arrived just before 6pm and were the first diners in, which meant we had our pick of the tables. I decided to sit at the back of the restaurant to people watch, which I love to do. The interior is nice, bright and clean, and the walls are adorned with various prints. We sat in front of a ‘blackboard’ wall where you’re encouraged to draw, but I didn’t feel inclined to daub my famous stick people up there.
The Peasant’s Lunch menu is a limited affair with the options you’d expect to find in any Italian restaurant – Polpettone, Meatballs and Pizza. We were given the full menu to peruse, but chose the cheaper one. £3.95 for a full pizza seemed a bargain, and I’ll openly admit I was dubious about portion sizes based on the price. This offer runs on a lunch time and between 5:30 and 6:30pm on an evening.
We chose Pizza Margherita to share as a starter, which arrived quickly. It’s not going to rival Pizza by the Slice in the Grainger Market as my favourite pizza ever, but it was good enough. The base was nice, crisp and a good size. It certainly helped line the stomach as I decided to have a glass of wine with my meal. It’s been one of those weeks!
For Primi I ordered the Meatballs with Penne, while my friend decided to have the Pollo Refritto – chicken thighs cooked in a white wine and garlic sauce. When our main courses arrived I was certainly pleased we’d had the pizza as they were on the small side, as expected.
I thought the meatballs were of a good quality and the tomato sauce had lots of flavour. It was a shame I only got 3 meatballs. My friend said the chicken was moist and liked the jus, but felt he needed some vegetables to balance out the dish. There were some on the menu to order as an accompaniment but didn’t think there’d be a need for them. As we’d both demolished the pizza we were feeling pretty full regardless.
I ordered a Margherita to take-away for Jnr, who I knew would be pretty upset to learn I’d eaten Italian food without him. The meal, including the additional pizza and 2 glasses of wine, came to £26. This is very good value for money, in our opinion. The service erred on the slow side as the evening wore on because of how busy it became, but we weren’t in a hurry and found them all friendly enough. We found our visit to Zonzo an enjoyable one, and would certainly pop in again.
Thanks for reading,