About The Italian Retro

The Italian Retro is about as charming an Italian restaurant as you’ll find anywhere in South Shields. Exposed brick walls and rustic wooden flooring combine with low-lighting to produce a dining space that lends itself perfectly to flavours of the Italian kitchen. Each plate of food at The Italian Retro is nothing short of beautiful to look at and to taste, and the produce used to create them is always fresh and very often locally-sourced. To be found on Stanhope Road, this is a genuine South Shields gem and it’s worth the trip even from Newcastle. Reserve a table now and see what all the fuss is about.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm


The Italian Retro
Stanhope Road, South Shields
Newcastle NE33 4SS

Menu Highlights



Tempura prawns

prawns dipped in our homemade tempura batter with a side of sweet chilli dipping sauce

Potato skins (v)

served with garlic mayonnaise

Mini meats and pate

a selection of roast meats, homemade bread, caramelised red onion chutney and butters


Garden green pasta

a selection of sauteed green vegetables in a tomato cream sauce infused with pesto

Seabass fillet

crispy skin seabass served with garlic and rosemary potatoes with fresh lemon and paprika oil

Meat feast calzone

folded pizza stuffed with peperoni, chorizo, chicken and roasted ham


Stuffed nutella brownie

classic moist brownie stuffed with a decadent nutella centre

Cheesecake of the day

in house made cheesecake served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Trio of chocolate

mini double dipped ice creams, hand rolled truffles and mini tiramisu

15 The Italian Retro Reviews

15 Reviews
Value for money:Good value
Waiting time:Very good
Noise levels:Pleasant
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Rachel M.2 months ago · 1 review

Italian Retro staff are amazing, the customer service is first class. The food is lovely best Italian in town by far, starter and main all perfect for me and my friend. I will be back soon and I am highly recommending to my family and friends. Menu choice is huge and such great value for money.

Joan W.3 months ago · 2 reviews

Great meal, great service lovely room with a great atmosphere. We'll be going back on a regular basis. Its nice for both formal and informal occassions.

Chris W.7 months ago · 1 review

Beautiful food. Exceptional, friendly service and a great homely atmosphere. I would have no trouble in recommending the Italian Retro. Nice to have background music also.

Stephen M.9 months ago · 1 review

Opted for a teatime sitting, chose from the 3 course menu, food very tasty, staff helpful and attentive. Food served promptly. A most pleasant venue to visit.

david b.10 months ago · 1 review

Easy to book and no waiting time wen we got in we ordered 3 diffrent meals and all were great as we tryed each others to compare over all a great place to eat out at and we will defo be going again

Victoria K.3 months ago · 1 review

Really good quality food at a reasonable choice from a wide menu . Staff friendly and service on point .music not too loud so you can’t have a conversation . Great pace for a catch up with a friend

Susan T.10 months ago · 2 reviews

The service was great. We ordered the 3 course for £4.95 the meal was fantastic and very filling the portions were great and the waitress was very helpful and pleasant.

Helen G.10 months ago · 1 review

Friendly staff lovely food especially the potato skins lovely relaxing atmosphere a very good price for the special hours but very reasonably priced on the al la carte menu

Andrea w.10 months ago · 1 review

Excellent service, excellent food at great value, we had the 3 courses for £12.95 menu. There was a nice atmosphere in resturant and we will definitely be back again.

Christine B.5 months ago · 1 review

Nice surroundings. Good atmosphere. Impressed with the waiter who seemed to be coping on his own during a fairly busy saturday lunchtime. Food was good. Value for money. Would go again.