Picture this: an Italian culinary paradise, hidden beneath the old high-level bridge, right in the beating heart of Newcastle’s vibrant Quayside. The irresistible scent of freshly baked pizza and sizzling garlic wafts through the air, welcoming you into a world of flavour and hospitality. Welcome to Prima, a two-decade old gem that has cemented its place as one of the city’s most cherished Italian eateries.
As you enter Prima, you’ll find yourself captivated by the striking stone arches and rustic exposed stonework, the warm glow of a traditional pizza oven taking centre stage. With three distinctive dining rooms, an outdoor seating area, and a swanky third-floor lounge bar, this spacious restaurant can comfortably host up to 300 diners—making it an ideal spot for any celebration or gathering.
No ordinary pizzeria, Prima’s skilled chefs have mastered the art of crafting over 20 pasta dishes, alongside an array of succulent steaks, mouthwatering stroganoffs, and creamy risottos. The menu is ever-changing, with past popular favourites including the calzone Mexicano, a delightful fusion of Cajun chicken, spicy sausage, fresh chilli, and peppers; and the linguini scoglio, a seafood lover’s dream featuring king prawns, tiger prawns, and mussels.
But let’s not forget the star of the show: Prima’s pizzas. These traditional pies are crafted with love, using the finest and freshest ingredients. And with the city’s largest pizzeria title under its belt, you can rest assured that your pizza cravings will be more than satisfied. Watch as the pizzaiolo puts on a show, expertly kneading, tossing, and garnishing your pizza before it’s slid into the oven to bake to perfection.
Beyond the enticing entrées, Prima serves up a selection of light and delectable starters, like king prawns swimming in garlic butter or squid strips delicately seasoned with sea salt. And, of course, no Italian meal would be complete without a sweet ending: indulge in a heavenly sticky toffee pudding, accompanied by a scoop or two of velvety ice cream.
To elevate your dining experience, this popular venue offers a predominantly Italian wine list and an array of creative cocktails that’ll have you raising your glass in celebration. Whether you’re toasting to the end of a successful workweek or simply savouring a well-deserved night out, this lively and atmospheric venue has got you covered.
Sprinkled with authenticity and infused with the essence of Italy, Prima stands as a testament to the passion for fine food and genuine hospitality that defines Italian culture. So, the next time you find yourself strolling along the buzzing Quayside, don’t hesitate to venture beneath the arches of the old high-level bridge and let Prima transport you on a culinary journey you won’t soon forget.