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Azzurri Italian Trattoria

Azzurri Italian Trattoria
112 High Street
Tel: 01782 715553
Fax: 01782 715353

It was Friday lunchtime and I had taken a day’s holiday from work. We decided to visit Newcastle-under-Lyme for a wander round and a bit of shopping and lunch. As it was, my wife and eldest daughter were in more of a shopping mood and as usual I was in more of an eating mood. So my smallest daughter and I went off in search of likely sustenance.

We came across Azzurri in the main street adjacent to the open-air market. It looked clean and suitably Mediterranean with a rather nice looking menu and the offer of three courses for £7.95.

Now Newcastle is not the most exotic of places so it was refreshing to see a nice Italian Trattoria brightening the place up a bit, so we felt we had to go in and give it a try. Inside there is a small coffee lounge area as you enter with a bar and then restaurant area to the rear. The décor is light and airy and modern with polished wooden floors, white walls and plenty of chrome, which all seemed quite complimentary to each other.

The menu was explained to me. You can choose any three combinations from a starter, main course, side dish (such as bread, salad, etc) and desserts for the fixed price. I decided to choose a starter main course and side dish and because Charlotte, my daughter couldn’t manage a three course meal, she would only have a main course and if necessary a dessert.

I chose stuffed mushroom to start, followed by lasagne and garlic pizza bread covered with a tomato sauce. Charlotte chose spaghetti Bolognese. We both had soft drinks.

The stuffed mushrooms were very nice, and well presented in a dish with a mixed leaf salad. They were plump field mushrooms as opposed to button mushrooms and they were filled with a prawn and herb filling and coated with a light batter.

The main course lasagne was equally delicious and contained a good proportion of meat and sauce. The Bolognese was also well prepared and enjoyable. My garlic bread was perhaps a little over anointed with tomato sauce, which made it soft, even sloppy, rather than crispy, but perhaps that is just personal taste.

Charlotte was inspired by her main course and felt she still had room for a dessert, so she ordered vanilla ice cream. This was also extremely good, real dairy ice cream loaded with vanilla pods. This was demolished with some gusto.

The bill came to £16.80 including drinks for the two of us. I felt that was pretty good value. Overall, rather good and would be interesting to try in the evening.

Verdict: It brings a little Mediterranean sunshine to the Potteries. Lunch at £7.95 per person is a bargain. Recommended.



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Azzurri Italian Trattoria

Total Score: 67%
Quality: Average
Service: Good
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Average
Value: Good


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