Italian restaurants are everywhere you look in Sunderland, but this little family-run gem doesn't need to shout about itself to stand out, with its wonderful food and atmosphere bringing those in the know back again and again.
3. The writer of the Little Donkey was from Sunderland
It's a festive favourite, proved a hit for both Gracie Fields and the Beverley Sisters, and is sung by thousands of schoolchildren across the country each year. And it was composed by Sunderland's own, late, great Eric Boswell.
Everyone here knows George Washington's ancestors lived in our Washington. But did you know the family coat of arms features stars and red and white stripes? A resemblance to a certain flag, and a certain football team's colours.