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Farming the Italian market in Sunderland

A new restaurant promising contemporary Italian dining has opened in Sunderland

Italian Farmhouse, Sunderland
Italian Farmhouse, Sunderland

Boasting an authentic wood-fired pizza oven and with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, the new Italian Farmhouse restaurant has just opened at Sunderland’s Best Western Roker Hotel.

Authentic pizzas and Cicchetti (chi-ket-ti) – Italian Tapas - are just two of the menu options diners can choose from.

Hotel owner Mark Hird says: “The Italian Farmhouse offers contemporary dining, true to how Italians really eat, not available elsewhere in Wearside.

“Our emphasis is on a great quality Italian food with no compromise. Using what is available on our doorstep, working closely with our suppliers to ensure we get the freshest and best produce available, together with genuine Italian produce, makes really great tasting dishes.

“The decision to invest in and import the wood-burning pizza oven means we can really offer true authenticity in our pizzas. It’s quite a spectacle when it’s all fired up, but the main thing is the flavour you get from cooking the pizzas in this way. It is unrivalled.”

Italian Farmhouse Kitchen
Italian Farmhouse Kitchen

The Sunderland venture is the second Italian Farmhouse that Mark has opened. The original is in West Rainton, County Durham. The new restaurant carries on the same ethos with new ideas.

The Sunderland Italian Farmhouse has opened on the site of the former Tavistock Retro Italia restaurant and is part of a site-wide hotel refurbishment which includes re-launching the venue as a boutique, four-star, Best Western Plus property by the end of 2014.

The new restaurant is open Monday-Friday 5pm-10pm and Saturday and Sunday 12pm-10pm. Starting from today, Saturday afternoons will see a Kids Club, with weekly changing activities and an entertainment line-up. Sundays will offer a four course lunch with jazz music.


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