If you’re preparing for the Great North Run 2023, you might have been on a strict eating plan to make sure your body is getting the best nutrients ahead of the event.

The world’s biggest half-marathon is approaching and thousands of people are expected to take part as they run, jog and walk from Newcastle to South Shields.

But when you have completed the 13.1-mile distance on September 10, you might be craving a bowl full of carbs.

To help your body recover or to celebrate with friends and family when you have crossed the finish line, here are some of the best places to enjoy pasta in South Shields according to their Google reviews.

Some of the best places for pasta in South Shields

Davinci's Italian Restaurant

Location: 80-82 Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JD

Rating: 4.3

One customer said: “What a fantastic meal at Davinci's tonight. We thoroughly enjoyed both courses. The starter was enough to feed a group of 4 and the main course was simply mouthwatering! Brilliant chef and excellent customer service. Thank you so much. Our new favourite place.”

Ristorante Bravi

Location: 7 North Street, South Shields, NE33 1HD

Rating: 4.7

Ideal for a celebration meal, this user wrote: “Beautiful gem of a restaurant. The staff are so lovely and helpful, food is also top-notch. We’ve had two special celebration meals here and each time the service and food have been wonderful. Thank you!”

Sambuca South Shields

Location: The Dunes, Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2LD

Rating: 4.3

This family said: “Absolutely fabulous. I cycled there with my Father on a mobility scooter.  Was great for both modes of transport and we both enjoyed it very much.  Lots of menus and prices to choose from to fit all budgets and tastes.”

Bell Passi

Location: 70 Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JD

Rating: 4.3

Someone who visits often wrote: “Absolute little gem, lovely staff and beautiful fresh authentic Italian food! Everything was clearly freshly cooked and was served well presented! The pollo supressa was absolutely amazing 10/10. Highly recommend and will travel from ne27 just to eat here!”


Location: 136-138 Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JF

Rating: 4.5

This person visits often, saying: “My favourite restaurant for about 20 years now. Family-friendly, delicious pizzas and lovely pasta. I have never had a bad experience here. Our first choice for birthdays, anniversaries, date nights etc. Staff are just lovely.”


Location: 118 Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JF

Rating: 4.8

A visitor commented: “Fabulous restaurant right on the South Shields high street. We went after reading rave reviews and it did not disappoint! We didn't have a reservation but they were able to squeeze us in. Lovely waiting on staff and fairly quick service. The food was gorgeous. Well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.”

Mambo Wine and Dine

Location: Winchester Street, South Shields, NE33 2PS

Rating: 4.6

One account said they “loved everything”, adding: “Went there for my birthday. The place was beautiful and spacious. Got a nice seat. The waiters were nice. I loved the meals! The starter was delicious, well spiced, and good portion. The mains were also very lovely. Portions great. Loved everything.”