Antico Italian Restaurants

True Italian Restaurants in the North East


Home of the genuine Italian dining experience

Eating is not just something we do to feed ourselves, quickly and in front of the TV.

Eating for an Italian is a true philosophy of life.

Being together, with family or friends, around the same table is an essential part of the life of every Italian.

It’s a social moment, the perfect occasion to talk, share a laugh and strengthen relationships, other than slowly enjoying the pleasures of a delicious meal, especially if accompanied by the perfect glass of wine.

We could sum this up with just one word…




We are passionate about food and offer a choice of superb meals based on the Italian classics with a vibrant, modern twist.

We NEVER use frozen meat or fish – for example, our chicken is all served “bone and skin on” so you know it’s fresh – and we make all our pasta dishes fresh to order. Yes, you will wait longer for your meal but we believe it’s totally worth it.

No fast food

No frozen meat or fish

Local suppliers only

Traditional pizza



The Antico experience is based on the simple principle of ‘Good food, Good Wine, Good times!’

It’s the Italian way of eating and it is something that should not be rushed.

We are not interested in turning our tables around five or six times a night – we believe that food should be savoured in an unhurried environment, where you can relax with your friends, family, or partner and eat your meal the way it should be eaten – slowly and with an appreciation for the extra effort we put into making every dish special.



Our mission is to deliver incredible food and this starts our committment to quality.

We use 27 day matured Gran Reserva quality steak and all of our meat, fish and vegetables are sourced seasonally. On the subject of seasonal foods, if it’s not in season we don’t serve it.

We complement our food offering with the best Italian wines – you won’t find any other nation represented, as only Italian wine can complete Italian food in that special and unique way that has made this cuisine so loved all over the world.

Are you interested in booking a table at Antico?

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Come visit us in one of our locations

We have an Antico Restaurant in Roker on the seafront in Sunderland and in Birtley at the Board Inn!

You can find all the information about the locations and ways to contact us below.

Don’t forget to take a look at our menus!



Antico Restaurant, Roker Terrace,

Sunderland – SR6 9ND

0191 567 1414



Antico Restaurant, Penshaw View, Birtley,

Chester-le-Street, DH3 2JL

0191 447 4487