Scalini’s Reveals its Festive Menu
With Christmas just under 7 weeks away, restaurants in Newcastle and around the world are preparing their festive food for one of the busiest times of the year.
Newcastle’s very own popular Italian restaurant, Scalini’s, with its two restaurants located in Jesmond and in Gosforth, wasted no time in preparing for the festive season. Revealing their Christmas menu as early as the start of September, Scalini’s have unveiled two specially created Christmas menus.
Moving away from its usual pizza and pasta based cuisine, Scalini’s have promised a more British experience for their Christmas customers. On the menu, in real British style, is roast turkey with traditional accompaniments, as well as alternative main courses, such as pan-roasted hake with curried puy lentils, chorizo and crispy onions. Desserts will, of course, include Christmas pudding, a pudding that has been an integral part of British Christmas tradition since the 17th century.
Christmas dinner is a traditional experience enjoyed by families across Britain. Christmassy food such as roast Turkey and Brussels sprouts represent a great British tradition, contributing to a special and unique time of year.
There are many elements that contribute to a ‘classic’ or a ‘traditional’ Christmas in Britain. From chestnuts on the fire to stuffing the Turkey to getting the whole family together, food plays a key role in creating festive excitement.
Joe Matthews, a 22-year-old Maths PhD student from Doncaster, England, believes the Christmas tradition is very important, saying, “while not a huge fan of most traditions in general, I think Christmas traditions (present giving, all the family sitting down together) almost always have a hugely positive effect and are something most people look forward to”.
“I think food culture plays a very large part in the general Christmas theme. Most households usually have traditions with regards to what they eat and who makes what. Whilst for most people we go for what would probably resemble a traditional British Sunday dinner on a large scale, I know a lot of friends who's families all have their own twists and things they like to add to make their Christmas dinner unique”.
“I think food plays a key role in the Christmas time festivities…it also gives an opportunity to encapsulate all of the positive sentiment that the Christmas festival brings”.
Moving overseas, there are other great European Christmas traditions that can be compared to those experienced in Newcastle, such as in Greece.
Greek food is associated with Mediterranean cuisine and specialised Greek dishes include pasticcio, mousakas, stuffed tomatoes and of course the famous Greek salad.
Eirini Balantina, an offshore engineering student at Newcastle University from Larisa, Greece, explained to us what her Greek tradition at Christmas and New Year consists of and what it means to her. She said, “at Christmas we eat stuffed turkey or chicken with rice. At New Years Eve we prepare different kinds of pie with meat or with other ingredients, but its up to the region of the country”.
So what does this tradition mean to Eirini? “It’s a tradition that I want to live every year! I think that they remind me my childhood”, she said.
Simply Greek Tavern is a popular Greek restaurant in Newcastle and they have also revealed their Christmas menu. Their menu includes spicy Greek sausage and meatballs in sauce.
It is clear that tradition is important and that food plays an important role in creating such a special and unique time of the year, and these traditions can be experienced around the world. From Greggs’ Festive Bake to Simply Greek Tavern, Newcastle goes the extra mile to provide the festivities.