Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What kind of food does Caffè Vivo serve?

Authentic Italian dishes from many different parts of Italy. The style is simple, the cooking skilful, the food full of flavour. And dishes are generous. We like to keep you nourished.

Where does Vivo source its food?

We shop local where we can, for fresh meat, fish and vegetables. Italian products such as pasta, rice, cured meats, olives and cheeses, we source direct from Italy.

Do you only keep Italian wines?

No, we stock others. But we do have a great selection of Italian wines, all personally chosen, from easy-drinking to interesting wines from lesser-known regions or producers. All our beers are Italian.

Do you serve vegetarian food?

Of course, we love Vegetarians! We have vegetarian choices on all our menus. Even meat-eaters like our vegetarian dishes.

Do you serve pizzas?

Sorry, we don’t. We’re in a 17th-century Listed building (a former warehouse) and it just isn’t possible to install the extraction fans required by a wood-burning pizza oven.

Who owns the restaurant?

Terry Laybourne. He also owns Café 21, Café 21 at Fenwick, The Broad Chare, Porterhouse Butcher and Grill and Saltwater Fish Company.

Do you have set meal times?

We’re open all day from 10am for coffees, drinks and snacks. During the week, lunch is from 12pm to 2.30pm and dinner from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Saturdays, we’re more laidback and serve food right through from 12pm until 10pm. On Sundays and Mondays we sleep.

Do I need to book?

Not essential for lunch, although you can and it would be helpful if your party is six or more. We recommend you book for evening meals.

Dress code?

Absolutely none. Although preferably wear something.

Are children welcome?

Of course, we’re an Italian restaurant! And we have a children’s menu.

Can I come in just for a drink?

Of course. But we’ve a huge range of nibbles that it would be a shame not to try. Our antipasto boards, for example, are made for sharing, or just munch on some olives and homemade bread.

Is there anywhere to sit outside?

Yes. On warmer days (and you’d be surprised how many we get) you can sit at tables on the paved area at the front and enjoy a glimpse of the Tyne at the end of the road.

Is it true that Italians don’t drink cappuccinos after midday?

Real Italians don’t. But we’re pretty relaxed. We’ll make you a cappuccino whatever time you order one.

Is it a big place?

Not too big, not too small. We can seat around 80 people.

Where can I park?

That’s easy. The Quayside Council Car Park is at the top of Trinity Gardens, stepping distance away. It’s free from 5pm every day.  See here for directions.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yep. They start at £10 and can be used in any of the restaurants in our group. We also offer an ‘Experience Voucher’ and a ‘Taste Tour Voucher’. You can buy them online here