It’s an old favourite, authentic, family-run Italian, with an informal and friendly atmosphere – and the ideal place to delve into a big bowl of carb-filled pasta. We’d recommend their bolognese – it’s legendary.
61–65 High Bridge, Newcastle NE1 6BX
0191 232 4366
If you know, then you know. Francesca’s has been around as long as most of us have and you can still expect the same great staff (all Italian of course), and the same great food at unbelievably pocket-friendly prices. You’re going to want to fill up on the half and half, because that’s just what you do when you visit Francescas.
130-140 Manor House Road, Newcastle NE2 2NA
0191 281 6586
Heading down to the Quayside to do a recce on Sunday’s run? Then you may just have to accidentally trip and fall into a bowl of pasta at Babucho. Choosing a pasta from their extensive menu might be even tougher than completing the run itself, but we’ll give you a heads up – try the rigatoni Genovese.
Lower Dean Street, Newcastle NE1 3JD
0191 231 2840
Pizza’s a carb too, and here you can top it with almost anything you want. If you’re after that extra carby kick then why not punk your sourdough base with the not-so-classic mac ’n’ cheese – that way you’re killing two birds with one stone.
34–40 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6AF
0191 230 0777
The idea here is fresh pasta made on site, and there’s a whole variety to choose from for veggies and meat-eaters alike. Just make sure you start with the rosemary potatoes – you’re carb loading after all.
Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6BL