Press Reviews

Paradiso is a restaurant with over two decades of history, and during that time we have had the honor of being reviewed by many newspapers and magazines. Available here is a collection of the press reviews that we have been made aware of, for your interest. If you have recently come across more reviews of our establishment, we would be grateful if you could let us know about it via our online contact form.

Kathy Athy
Publication:  Kathy Athy
Added on:  Fri 16th September, 2016

21st January 2016

#BLOGSTAURANTWEEK THURSDAY: PARADISO

Paradiso reminds me of those amazing non-chain, family run Italian restaurants that are hidden away and you only know about it – if you know about it.

Well, all that, except its a mix of Mediterranean and Italian and run by Giuseppe and Palmiro to be precise. You will probably find Paradiso through word of mouth rather than advertising campaigns splashed everywhere and voted 12 out of over 1000 places to eat in Newcastle, it must be doing something right.

Of course I’ve been there, hasn’t it been there forever? And it’s next to Alvino’s, they even share (kinda) an alfresco outdoor terrace! And it was another print works?! Well aren’t we a cultured bunch, putting to use our fantastic architecture (like, wasn’t The Union Rooms a brothel in it’s time?!).

After what seemed like a disaster when I had 4 people out of our party of 6 cancel on me for tonight within the space of 60 seconds; leaving 2 of us for Paradiso, I put a little advert out on Twitter inviting anybody who may want to join us for the remaining 4 seats (wouldn’t that have been interesting!?). Two of the original party then changed their mind, got better, and wanted to come. Still with me? Honestly, the stress of #BlogstaurantWeek was high today! Also feel so sorry for the restaurant: it’s 6! it’s 2! it’s 4!, really sorry, Paradiso!

 

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Two of us went for the starter and main, the other two went for a main and a dessert. Charlie and I had starters, I went for the Duck and Orange pâté and Charlie decided on the Fishcake.

 

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The thing about pâté is the Pâté:Bread ratio. Does anybody else find that too? You run out of bread before you run out of the meat-paste? It was a hefty portion too, and the mango chutney was beautiful and plenty too. Charlie really enjoyed the Fishcake. When I asked for some more bread, she honestly asked whether she would get away with asking for another one!

 

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Rachel and Charlie each had a pizza, cooked fresh out of Paradiso’s new pizza oven for traditional Italian pizzas; the first, the Prosciutto, and the second, the Boscaiola (no olives). Mark had the Salmon Pasta which I’m sure I had last time and was beautiful, he said he thoroughly enjoyed it (and polished it off in no time). The waiter therefore recommended I have the the Lamb Kofta, honestly something I wouldn’t have chosen for myself. I’m so glad he did this as I’m so glad I had it. Even the Coriander Bread was a taste sensation. (you have a gene that dictates whether you actually like Coriander/Cilantro, don’t you know)

 

Charlie didn’t manage to finish her pizza and asked for a box to take the rest home. The waiter told her it would be possible for £2. Looking at him in disbelief, his face as straight as an arrow, she said she’d put it in her handbag as she only wanted to take it home. He said he would ‘sort something out’ and walked away. Confusion around the table for quite a while, and now I’m sure we now have an ongoing joke of “yeah, for £2”. When another waiter came and asked us if we were finished and whether he should clear the table? Well, I was in stitches. We did ask him if he was trolling us or not, turns out he was, and very well. Good work, Sir! I was in stitches for the rest of the night and just everything was funny (it doesn’t take much).

 

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As Mark and Rachel were having Mains and Desserts for their 2 courses for £10, Mark had the Mixed Italian Ice Cream, which he stirred together like an absolute savage. Rachel originally wanted the Cheesecake however they said it would be 30 minutes for it so she had the Panna Cotta which she enjoyed (and Charlie and I enjoyed the Shortbread Biscuits on the side!).

After the bill was off by over £20 and around 7 re-calculations and reprints of it, yet I’m still just in fits of giggles, we all left full and happy. A good night was had by all! Charlie got her leftover pizza for tomorrow in a pizza box that she wasn’t charged £2 for! Thanks Paradiso!

http://kathyathy.com/2016/01/21/restaurantweek-paradiso/

Emma Phillips
Publication:  Canny Food
Added on:  Fri 16th September, 2016

26/10/15

Paradiso has been around for donkey’s years. This grainy photo is of my 19th birthday, I believe, which we had in that very restaurant. Forgive the hair, but it was the 90s!

Many establishments in the area have come and gone (Popolo for example, which has been replaced with the fab Bierrex), but Paradiso has been the constant. It probably has changed hands a few times, but the menu tends to be consistent. My birthday meal, oddly enough, was a delicious steak served with Pak Choi. Funny how I can still remember it after all these years.

Me and my mate Laura had been trying to meet up for blinking ages, but with babies and moving house we just couldn’t seem to find the time. One of my luxuries is having a Monday off the day job to blog and thankfully we were able to schedule a quick bite to eat in Paradiso to have our long overdue natter.

The restaurant has a lunch time Express Lunch menu on offer for £7.95, available Monday to Friday 11 until 2:30pm, so we opted for this. Laura ordered their Fresh Mozzarella Salad to start, followed by the Chicken Risotto. The homemade Soup of the Day when we visited was Carrot and Coriander, so I chose this also followed by the Risotto.

Laura’s starter was artfully arranged, so I took great delight snapping away for the Canny Food Instagram. Drizzled with pesto and well seasoned, it may have been simple but it was well executed. My soup was ok, but was on the bland side. I know the coriander was present, but couldn’t taste it.

Our mains arrived in speedy fashion. I initially felt the portion size was measly, but to be honest it was probably just right for a lunch time feed. The risotto had a good flavour and the rice still retained some bite.

All things considered, our lunch was good for the price. I’m surprised it wasn’t busier with such a reasonable lunch time offering. The waiters were friendly and attentive, and the restaurant has a relaxed vibe. It was good to see the footnote on the menu that those on a gluten free or vegan diet could be accommodated, so I may take Mr. Canny there for an early evening bite in the future.

 

To view the article and images, go to http://cannyfood.co.uk/dining-out/paradiso-newcastle-2/

 

Publication:  Geordieinthekitchen.com
Added on:  Wed 29th April, 2015

20-11-2014

"The restaurant itself is visually stunning and I'm pleased to see that the beautiful red bricks from outside have been made visible inside. It's obvious there's been a lot of attention to detail when designing the place, with glossed black furniture, personalised writing on the walls, iconic Italian pictures, hanging lights and stripped back wall fittings to give the place a rustic, yet really modern feel."

"My mixed grill of fish came with prawns, calamari, sea bass, salmon and a sardine, with a good drizzle of herby oil. Everything was cooked outstandingly - the fish was flakey, with crispy skin and no bones (minus the sardine, which came whole, minus the head). The dish came with a bowl of oven roasted mediterian vegetables on the side, which included red onions, mixed peppers, courgette and new potatoes in a olive oil, garlic and thyme dressing. They were really delicious, cooked with still a bit of bite and tons of flavour. My main was really simplistic, but who needs bells and whistles when you have great ingredients cooked well? Calvin's pizza was jam packed full of salami, parma ham, pepperoni and mortadella. It was everything you want in a good pizza - a crispy base, a rich tomato sauce, gooey cheese and authentic Italian meats. He assured me it was one of the best pizzas he's had in a while and couldn't stop complimenting the tomato sauce."

"Overall, the food was great, the wine was lovely and the atmosphere of the restaurant is second to none. The only thing I'm upset about is that I haven't found Paradiso sooner."

http://www.geordieinthekitchen.com/2014/11/paradiso-newcastle-market-lane.html

Publication:  Engage Magazine
Added on:  Thu 26th March, 2015

“Our evening at Paradiso was superb.”

“The staff are clearly passionate about what they do and that translated into stellar service. Everything was done professionally, enthusiastically and with a smile.”

“If you’re eve in the mood for a bit of Mediterranean, make sure you get to Paradiso.”

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Just a few of the delightful comments made when the lovely people from Engage Magazine came to Paradiso for dinner. You can read the full review here. http://issuu.com/engagemag/docs/engage_issue_4/c/suzuwon

Publication:  GQ
Added on:  Tue 7th September, 2010

Small and ridiculously reasonable cafe-bar which is an essential venue to start the weekend. Gorgeous house red, a fantastic Spanish/Italian menu and a smart jazz and ambient soundtrack.

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Publication:  The Observer
Added on:  Tue 7th September, 2010

...this cool and trendy younger generation Italian cafe offers quality snacks at great value prices and it's popular.

Publication:  Marie Claire
Added on:  Tue 7th September, 2010

Stylish and contemporary without the attitude. Offering a good selection of wines, beers and spirits and an enormous range of coffees and tapas.

Publication:  The Evening Chronicle
Added on:  Tue 7th September, 2010

The team behind Paradiso seemingly cannot do anything wrong when it comes to cuisine at the moment. And long may it continue.

Publication:  The Courier
Added on:  Tue 7th September, 2010

It's one of those restaurants you're most likely to discover by word of mouth rather than it catching your eye as you walk by. Tucked away down the small cobbled side street that is Market Lane, Paradiso is one of those hidden treasures. The outstanding cuisine should be a good enough advertisement to maintain this cafe bar as it is a real "food find", which is well worth the trip for the tastebuds of even the most expert palate.

Publication:  Sunderland Echo
Added on:  Tue 7th September, 2010

Laid back but with style is the description that best sums up the surroundings, the cuisine and the service at Paradiso. And the same applies to its marketing strategy. Ask anyone about this stylish cafe bar restaurant and they'll either look completely perplexed, or rave about how much they love it. Low profile and rustic, set in a former print works and tucked away up a cobbled street, the restaurant relies on word of mouth and its quality food and drink to win customers.

Publication:  Accent
Added on:  Tue 7th September, 2010

Contemporary, cosmopolitan and dripping with style, Paradiso cannot do anything wrong and long may this continue.

Paradiso's staff have been described as the friendliest in Newcastle ... they were wholly polite, attentive and we were serenaded by the highly skilled bar tender ...

Despite its sharp interior, slick menu and superior waiting staff, Paradiso has none of the pretentious air that the city's other supposed 'style' restaurants and bars exude and is in fact a wonderful place to relax and indulge yourself.

Paradiso's swish, slick, steel-tinged interior, which includes secluded booths, low-lighting and an open plan kitchen upstairs has all the self-assuredness of a proverbial rock star but is still jam-packed with warm, hearty Mediterranean hospitality.



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