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Piazza Mercato brings the spirit of the Italian market square to Hunter Street

If you’ve ever waited for a table at Newcastle vera pizza eatery Napoli Centrale, or stood in line outside its chillier cousin Popolo Artisan Gelateria, you’re going to love Piazza Mercato.

That’s because Hunter Street’s latest addition is the latest culinary adventure of Alfonso Muras, the brains behind the aforementioned gourmand haunts.

Setting up shop in the former Flying Tiger site (231 Hunter Street) Piazza Mercato will throw open its doors this Thursday offering a heady and tempting mix of authentic Italian fare, live music, cocktails and an Italian deli.

Inspired by the ancient market square in the Mercato neighbourhood of Alfonso’s native Naples, Piazza Mercato is all about the traditional – from authentic Italian cold cuts you can’t find at your typical deli to an array of house-made pastas, panini, dessert and more, the menu here is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Newcastle Live was lucky enough to grab to a sneak preview of Piazza Mercato this week and judging by the array of bruschetta, arancini, gorgeous cured meats, cheeses and more we were treated to, it’s a pretty safe bet that this eatery will become a regular haunt for fans of Italian cuisine.

Our interest was definitely piqued even further looking at the menu with such tempting inclusions as Rigatoni Ragu Napoletano (10-hour slow-cooked pork, and beef in tomato sauce with Cacioricotta cheese), a ‘Breakfast Roll’ Panini (crispy pancetta, free range eggs, provolone, and buffalo ricotta), and utterly moreish Cannoli.

The youngest of gourmands are well taken care of, too with a ‘Bambini’ menu that will satisfy even the fussiest of junior diners.

The venue’s ‘gun-barrel’ entryway will lead you past chefs working furiously in the galley-style kitchen and into a quant bar and dining area that is also complete with a stage.

Any venue that supports live music is okay by us and this one is a great spot to enjoy local talent while enjoying some top nosh or quaffing from a formidable bar menu that includes a selection of Italian-inspired cocktails, martinis, and more.

The venue also boasts a wrap-around mezzanine level, giving you a bird’s eye view of the action below.

The Piazza Mercato menu describes the fare as “unfussy food that centres on fresh ingredients and flavour and after our brief introduction, we can’t wait to truly sink our teeth into this menu because this is a collection of unfussy food that is bound to make quite the fuss!

Piazza Mercato is located at 231 Hunter Street and is open from 7am on Thursday 1 April. Head here for more information.