Mr Gourmand and I had heard mixed reviews about Fratello’s so as it’s just a stones throw away from our house we decided to pop in and check it out for ourselves.
Mr Gourmand had visited the restaurant while dropping his parents off there a number of months prior to our visit and was surprised at how much the interior had changed, we found out off a waitress that the restaurant had gone through a recent refurbishment and Mr Gourmand agreed that it looked a lot more sleek and contemporary.
We decided to go for the house wine which is often just as good as any when you’re not a wine connoisseur (which neither of us are), as Rose wine goes this was actually rather nice.
A bread basket was placed on the table and I must admit I was rather shocked that there was only two small pieces of bread. I personally love bread and one piece is never enough!
We picked the Marinated Olives (2.95) as one of our starters, quite often restaurants can get something so simple like a bowl of olives so wrong, these olives however were lovely, lots of flavour, plump and juicy, just how I like them.
The Brushetta (£3.50) was topped with a mix of tomato, garlic and red onion. The bread was crisp, the tomatoes tangy and the rocket salad was beautifully dressed.
I was really looking forward to my Pizza main course after viewing the impressive wood burning Pizza oven.
The Frutti Del Mare Pizza (£9.95) had a super thin base which tasted delicious, I would never usually pay over £6 for a pizza and although the seafood was fresh and the whole pizza was very tasty it was not exceptional enough for me to warrant paying £3 more than I would usually pay for a pizza.
Mr Gourmand picked the Risotto Marinara (£12.95) which was delicious, I managed to grab a small fork of the creamy rice before Mr Gourmand devoured the whole bowl. There was a fair amount of seafood in the risotto but only one scallop.
Our Waitress had recommended that we order a side of hand cut chips which were actually amazing! Some people will argue that hand cut chips are just chips but these were something else!
If you are staying at the attached hotel or visiting Zio bar for drinks it will be the perfect place for you to go for food if you don’t wish to venture into Jesmond or Newcastle for a meal.
Fratello’s Italian Restaurant
Newcastle upon Tyne