The irony in the name of this iconic Newcastle family restaurant is not lost on us.
The fears we had when we drove past and saw the hand-written sign in the door were affirmed yesterday. Arrivederci’s owner Mary took to Facebook to say yes, it is farewell. After decades of family ownership, the restaurant will close after Saturday night dinner service.
We want to bid a fond farewell to “Arrivo’s” which has provided this writer in particular with many great memories and satisfying, carbohydrate-laden, meals over the years.
First moving to the “big city” of Newcastle almost 15 years ago (Mitchell Street, Merewether to be exact) Arrivederci’s became our local haunt where the warm and incredibly, oh so, relaxed staff would remember our order – Sicilian pasta, with an extra sprinkle of chilli flakes and a Capricciosa pizza.
From first dates (’cause who doesn’t want to share garlic bread on a first date?), family dinners to work Christmas parties Arrivederci’s would have seen it all. With their most generous and lenient BYO practices, ‘authentic’ wipe down interiors and Angelo’s wry but welcoming smile this restaurant was a Newcastle institution.
But times change. Citing a significant downturn in revenue due to the current coronavirus pandemic, after Saturday night Arrivederci’s will become a place of fond memories for us all.
And there will be a scaloppini shaped hole in The Junction’s beating heart.