Popular independent restaurant Zucchini has now opened its second pasta bar in the Qube at Metrocentre as lockdown restrictions are eased from Monday 17th May.

Founded in 2016 by Newcastle chef Alan Barker, the Italian Pasta Bar will offer fresh hand-rolled Northern Italian style egg pasta dishes.

Zucchini first opened its doors in 2016, as the only fresh pasta bar in Newcastle, and has since gone from strength to strength. Aside from mouth-watering pasta dishes it is known for great sides, local produce and Italian imported ingredients, along with a friendly service.

The owners have chosen Metrocentre as the location of the second Zucchini Pasta bar with the hope to position itself alongside other popular big-name restaurants including Nando’s, Wagamama and TGI Fridays, all located at Metrocentre’s Qube.

Keeping traditional practices, a concise menu and simple flavours, Zucchini is able to serve affordable and super fresh plates of pasta daily with its seasonal menus, daily specials pasta board, as well as a traditional pasta menu and what is claimed ‘the best garlic bread in Newcastle.’

Founder of Zucchini Pasta Bar, Alan Barker, said: “We are super excited to be bringing Zucchini Pasta Bar to such an iconic destination as the Metrocentre. The freshest hand rolled pasta, served in a few minutes, at an affordable price point is what we’re all about and it’s perfect for the centre.

“Our independently owned fresh mono concept began in Newcastle city centre and branching out to Metrocentre naturally feels like the next step for us. The team and I are really looking forward to serving our fresh artisan dishes to shoppers in Gateshead.”

Ben Cox, Senior Asset Manager for Sovereign Centros said: “The arrival of Zucchini Pasta Bar at Metrocentre is an exciting addition to the Qube. Our shoppers have been telling us that they want local independent operators, as well as big national brands, so we’re sure the introduction of Zucchini will be a hit. Their innovative menu will bring a new dining experience to the centre and we can’t wait to try it.”

Zucchini opens on Monday 17 May when lockdown restrictions are eased.