40-46 The Side, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JA
Wander along Newcastle’s Quayside and you’ll notice the bright lights and vibrant buzz of this foodie area. Within this tasty part of the city is a true Italian gem. Prima beckons diners with the aromas of fresh Italian fare and warm smiles from the staff. Offering three distinctive dining rooms, Prima serves traditional Italian food – wholesome in every way. We dined in the back room, which has a charmingly rustic feel thanks to the exposed stonework and bustling atmosphere. The restaurant boasts a welcoming atmosphere, with a pizza oven playing a central role in the layout in the same way it might be the focal point in a family-run pizzeria in the heart of Italy. The starters are light and provide an exciting taste of what is to come. King prawns were enhanced by garlic butter and had a great kick while the squid strips were simple and fresh, and lightly seasoned with sea salt. After such delicious starters, we couldn’t wait to see what the mains would offer. We didn’t wait long, as the staff here are impressively attentive. The menu comprises a wide array of seafood and pasta dishes, as well as an extensive selection of pizza – the choice is as varied as it is mouth-watering. I opted for the calzone Mexicano, which was filled with Cajun chicken, spicy sausage, fresh chilli and peppers. Meanwhile, my partner devoured a sumptuous seafood feast of linguini scoglio, which featured king prawns, tiger prawns and mussels. To finish, we highly recommend choosing the sticky toffee pudding and a scoop or two of ice cream. The food is complemented by a premium range of wine and spirits. Prima also offers a range of cocktails to suit every taste, perfect for after-dinner drinks and celebratory meals. With such an impressive food and drink offering, top-notch service and cosy surrounds, you won’t want your visit to Prima to end.