Review: Sabatini, King Street,Newcastle

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I MUST have eaten in all of Sunderland’s restaurants at one point or another.

So, for somewhere to go on a date, I decided to have a culinary break from the norm and cross the Tyne for food.

With its prime spot on the Quayside, Sabatini is a restaurant that I’ve walked past on countless occasions, but this was my first time through its doors.

It made a great first impression.

It’s got a trendy vibe to it with sleek fittings, deep mahogany furniture and moody lighting, which lent itself to a dinner date.

Not that my date was unattractive, I just prefer not to be in the glare of a spotlight while I’m filling my face.

We had booked ahead, which is advisable, as Sabatini proved popular on this Saturday evening.

The menu is classic Italian: pizza, pasta, chicken, fish – you get the gist.

Our service was prompt and polished and my starter of insalata di mozzarella caprese (£6.95) was served not long after ordering.

Mozzarella salad is a difficult starter to get wrong, but this one was particularly tasty and wasn’t drowned in oil, as is sometimes the case.

My friend, meanwhile, polished off a bruschetta romana (£4.75). Again, it was well presented and went down a treat.

Feeling distinctly unadventurous, I chose a good old pizza for my main.

For £7.95, it was whopping and had one of those stone-baked bases that always make this dish seem more authentically Italian.

My date had the lasagne, which was also reasonably priced at £7.95 and delicious.

It’s also worth exploring Sabatini’s extensive wine menu which is vast.

At the cheaper end of the scale, you can pick up a house wine for £14.50 a bottle or a small glass for £3.65. At the other end of the scale, a bottle of Argentiera will cost you £62.45 a bottle.

Or if you’re feeling really flush, a bottle of Cristal is £260 a bottle.

It’ not a tipple I could afford on Echo wages and our bill came to a much more purse-friendly £49.75.