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Islington

Pino's Italian Restaurant

The Islington eatery has had a facelift

Photography courtesy of David Griffen

Emerging from lockdown almost unrecognizable, local pasta spot Pinos is back and busier than ever with their fresh facelift. The well-known pasta joint located in the heart of Islington has been a go-to for fresh, authentic Italian cuisine in Newcastle over the last few years, but with recent renovations, the location is set up to offer far, far more. 

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Taking over their neighboring site, the restaurant has almost doubled in size. Showcasing an entirely new dining area, with a statement piece pink tiled bar providing a very fresh, airy feel to the venue. Keeping true to their roots with their open brickwork, dark corners, and updated bench seating, the renovations have kept the intimate vibe for the venue, providing diners with a cozy and romantic atmosphere to enjoy. 

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Not only growing in size the team has also re-opened with an all-new menu, continuing to put their own take on classic Italian dishes. Expanding their service both into breakfast, and late-night bar hours you no longer have to rush for a table at the exclusive venue. 

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Still offering their completely plant-based menu, even those not following a vegan lifestyle will surely find something they enjoy. Alongside their updated menu, they’ve added a brand new cocktail menu, so whether you’re into the classics or looking for something a little more exotic, there is a drink for everyone. 

The first time the venue has opened for breakfast, they’ve created a menu to match the high-level quality of their dinners. Offering anything from classics such as Mortgage on Toast, their version of a smashed avo, to a full hot breakfast, including house-made lentil sausages and crispy rostis.

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For those following up a big night out, or just starting their day with a bit of flair they’ve even included a boozy drinks menu for breakfast. Giving breakfast goers the option of a Mimosa or Bloody Mary, over their morning coffee.

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Their updated menu has followed in suit with the renovations, almost doubling in size from their menu pre-lockdown. Now with nine starters, six kinds of pasta, and three desserts to choose from you’re spoilt with choice. If you’re not full from the overload of carbs, the Tiramisu is a house favourite and with a boozy kick to really finish an evening out.

As well as being open for breakfast, Pinos has extended their hours until midnight Monday through Saturday, officially operating as a cafe, bistro, and bar all in one. Despite dinner service ending at 10pm, they’ve created a bar snacks menu to keep things kicking. 

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“We’re serving our dinner menu until 10 pm now, and we’ve created a specialty cocktail menu for anyone wanting to keep the party going,” Dion shared. 

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Still showcasing their staple open-plan kitchen, diners can watch their food be prepared, cozy up in a nook of the dining area, or opt for outside, dog-friendly seating anytime throughout the day. Whether you’re catching up for coffee or celebrating freedom with a romantic date night, Pinos is a spot that should be on everyone’s list to check out.

Pino's Italian Restaurant

98 Maitland Road, Islington, NSW, 2296

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