Anyway, Tuesday I went to a Newcastle restaurant called Pani's, which is tucked away down a cobbled side street. It's a wonderful Italian eatery, very relaxed with fabulous food. I had ravioli con scamorza, which is ravioli filled with aubergines and scamorza cheese in a butter and olive oil sauce topped with percorino cheese. Even though the cheese sounds like a James Bond villain, it was lovely, all fresh and bright tasting, yum.
My friends had ravioli filled with lobster with a tomato, cream and prawn sauce and pork fillet with a mushroom and olive sauce.
The affogato al caffe - ice cream with an espresso poured over the top - was as fabulous as usual. And something I've never succeeded at recreating at home...must try harder!
Panis also has a special place in my heart as it's where my boyfriend and I went on our first date (I'm smiling now...).