Review: Little Italy, Seaburn, Sunderland

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AS we have just returned from Italy, my partner and I decided to try and recreate the magic of this mouth-watering country and what better place to do this than Little Italy in Seaburn.

Children in tow, we made our way along the seafront, which, unfortunately, was cold and windy and not basking in the Mediterranean sun.

We stepped inside the welcoming doors of this family-run restaurant. There was only one table of diners when we arrived, but I imagine it gets a lot busier later in the evening and when the sun is shining.

The staff were great and made sure we had a highchair for our little boy and a children’s menu for my partner John’s five-year-old.

Still feeling the need for fresh seafood, I went for the insalata frutti di mare which was £6.25, and was a delicious seafood salad of calamari, prawns, crab, mussels, onions and peppers.

It was really tasty, but the mussels were a bit on the large side for me and I like them hot rather than cold.

John decide to go for a starter portion of canneloni Fiorentina which was gorgeous and definitely won the battle of the starters.

The meat and spinach filling cooked in tomato and béchamel sauce was bubbling hot and topped with loads of tasty, stringy mozzarella – at £3.95 it was a great choice.

We also ordered a child’s lasagne for £3.95, which came with our starters and our mini taster gave it the thumbs up – she loves lasagne so she knows her stuff.

Our table was right next to the window and it was lovely to sit and admire the waves crashing on to Seaburn beach.

You could almost believe you were somewhere warm and exotic as the sun peeped through the clouds and from the safety of the restaurant gave the illusion of a warm promenade.

When our main meals arrived they smelt amazing, mine was the monkfish pizzaiola and John had agnello rosmarino.

The monkfish melted in your mouth and the sauce was really tangy and moreish – unfortunately, I did feel the sauce overpowered the fish slightly, but overall it was a nice dish even though it was more pricey than the other mains at £16.95.

John’s marinated lamb was also beautifully cooked, but again the sauce was slightly overpowering.

He enjoyed it though and wiped the plate clean with a crusty bread bun.

We all left Little Italy suitably stuffed and with a round of drinks the bill came to a purse pleasing £53.30