San Marino

Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Early Bird Specials

Monday to Friday 17:00 – 19.00
Thursday and Friday 12:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 -19:00
Saturday 12:00 – 19.00

Starters £4.20

Prawn Cocktail

Plum tomatoes, rocket and balsamic vinegar (V)

Potato Skins
Deep-fried potato skins with a garlic mayo dip (V)

Sweet Potato Chips
Served with our house smoked chilli relish (V)

Garlic Mushrooms (V)

Any Pizza Classica or Pasta Classica £5.80

Carne £8.65

Pollo Imperiale
Onions, mushrooms, peppers, tomato and cream

Pollo Diavola
Onions, mushrooms, chilli, garlic and tomato

Pollo Rosmarino
Rosemary, garlic, cherry tomatoes and white wine

New Pollo Milanese
Chicken breast coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried

Pollo Capri
Chicken breast, prawns, mushroom, cream and tomato

All served with the choice of chips, vegetables or sweet potato chips (£1 supplement)

Please Note: Most dishes can be prepared to suit your dietary requirements. This includes:
• Gluten Free
• Diary Free
• Wheat Free
Just ask a member of staff.

A discretionary charge will be added to your bill for any customer choosing not to order food.

Festive Season 2017

To book your place now please use our online booking form or call us on 0191 5653845

Christmas Menu

Available from the 1st December

1 Course – £12

2 Course – £16

3 Course – £19

To Start…

White Onion and Parmesan Soup
Duck Terrine, Chicken Liver Paté with house chutney and toast
Grilled Halloumi with roasted squash and pine nuts

To Follow…

Braised Beef Cheek with mash and salsa Verde
Poached Sole and Smoked Salmon with warm tartar sauce
Twice Baked Spinach And Parmesan Soufflé

To Finish…

Sticky Toffee Pudding
White Chocolate Panacotta with cherry compote
Christmas Pudding Crème Brulee with biscotti

A £7 deposit per person is required for parties over 6 people – Non Refundable.

New Year’s Eve Menu

8:30pm until midnight
£48.95 per person

To Start…

Anti-Pasto Italiano – Selection of hot and cold starters

To Follow…

Roasted Fillet Of Beef with creamed garlic spinach and gratin potatoes
Poached Cod wrapped in smoked salmon, warm tartar sauce and crab
Shallot Tart Tatin with black truffle cream

To Finish…

Caramelised Pineapple Tart with vanilla ice cream
Tiramisu Tart with chocolate ice cream
Selection Of Cheeses with celery biscuits and grapes

£10 deposit per person is required to secure your reservation and all balances must be paid in full by December 25th.

Please note most dishes can be prepared to suit your dietary requirements. This includes:

• Gluten free
• Diary free
• Wheat free

Just ask a member of staff.
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Main Menu

We also offer a Takeaway service, you can view our Takeaway Menu here.

Bread & Nibbles

Garlic Bread (V)
Plain £3.50
Cheese or Tomato £3.95
Cheese and Tomato £4.95

Sharing Platters

Antipasto Freddo £14.95
(Min 2 people) A selection of cold meats and starters
Antipasto Caldo £14.95
(Min 2 people) A selection of hot starters


Chicken Liver Paté £5.95
With our house chutney and toasted focaccia

Smoked Mackerel Paté £5.95
With cucumber and freshly baked flatbread

New Arancini Di Capra £5.95
Arborio risotto rice, goats cheese, caramelised onions, bread crumbed and deep-fried

Gamberoni Diavola £7.95
King prawns with chilli, tomato, garlic and white wine

Gamberoni Al Aglio £7.95
King prawns with white wine, garlic and butter

Cozze Napoli £7.10
Mussels cooked in tomato, chilli, garlic and white wine

Cozze Al Vino Bianco £7.10
Mussels cooked in white wine, garlic and fresh parsley

New Calamari Fritti Gamberi £6.95
Deep fried squid and whole shell prawns with garlic mayo

New Black Pudding Scotch Egg £7.10

New Creamed Garlic Mushroom Crostini £5.75

Insalata (Starter / Main)

New Insalata Di Lenticchie £5.40 / £7.20
Lentils, mixed salad leaves, goats cheese and house dressing

Add On – Roast Chicken £2.00

New Insalata Halloumi £5.65 / £7.65
Grilled halloumi, slow roast tomatoes, home-made pesto and salad leaves

New Insalata Di Mare £6.95 / £8.95
Mixed salad, cherry tomatoes, tuna, prawns, smoked salmon and soft boiled egg

Childrens Menu £5.95

Any Half Pizza Classica, any Pasta Classica or Pollo Milanese – Chicken fillets coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried.

All served with chips or vegetables.

A soft drink and Ice Cream.

Pizza Pazza

New Pizza Gamberi E Tonno £9.05
Tuna, prawns, tomato and mozzarella

New New Pizza Carciofo E Pomodoro (V) £8.10
Artichoke heart, fresh tomato and rocket

Pizza Inferno £9.50
Tomato, mozzarella, fresh chilli, smoked chilli relish, spicy salami and chicken

New Pizza Salsiccia £8.75
Spicy nduja sausage pepperoni and salami

New Pizza Carbonara £8.50
Mozzarella, pancetta and double egg

Add spice sausage or roast chicken for £2.00

Pizza Classica

Pizza Quattro Stagioni £7.20
Tomato, mozzarella, ham, mushrooms, peppers and anchovies

Pizza Contadina (V) £7.20
Tomato, mozzarella, goat’s cheese, red onion and rocket

Pizza Prosciutto E Funghi £7.20
Tomato, mozzarella, ham and mushrooms

Pizza Kiev £7.20
Tomato, mozzarella, chicken and garlic

Pizza Parma Ham £7.20
Tomato, mozzarella, Parma ham and rocket

Pizza Margherita (V) £7.20
Tomato and mozzarella

Pasta Classica

Linguine Carbonara £7.20
Pancetta, cream, parmesan and egg

Rigatoni Amatriciana £7.20
Pancetta, onion and tomato

Linguine Bolognese £7.20
Slow cooked beef in tomato and red wine

Rigatoni Arrabiata (V) £7.20
Olives, garlic, chilli and tomato

Lasagne £7.20
Layers of pasta sheets, béchamel and bolognaise sauce

Cannelloni £7.20
Slow cooked beef in red wine with tomato, spinach and béchamel

Cannelloni Vegetariana (V) £7.20
Spinach, feta and roast pepper

Melanzane (V) £7.20
Grilled aubergine, pasta sheets and béchamel

Risotto Funghi (V) £7.20
Mushroom, garlic, white wine and cream

Risotto Salmone £7.20
Smoked salmon, garlic, onion, cream and tomato

Risotto Al Formaggio (V) £7.20
Goat’s cheese, tomato, garlic and rocket

Add spice sausage or roast chicken for £2.00

Pasta In Piu

Linguine Scogliera £9.75
King prawns, mussels, Greenland prawns, white wine garlic and tomato

New Linguine Alle Vongole £8.95
Clams, Greenland prawns, cherry tomatoes, garlic and white wine

New Tagliatelle Al’anatra £9.25
Slow cooked duck ragu in red wine and tomato

Linguine Polpette £8.25
Beef meatballs, garlic, chilli and tomato

Tagliatelle Tartuffo (V) £8.75
Wild mushrooms, black truffle and cream

Tagliatelle Diavola £9.25
Spicy N’duja sausage, mushrooms, onion, chilli, garlic and tomato

New Linguine Ragu Alle Lenticchie (V – Vegan) £7.95
Slow cooked lentils with vegetables and tomato

Crab And Prawn Lasagna £9.25

Add spice sausage or roast chicken for £2.00


Gamberoni Diavola £14.35
King prawns with chilli, garlic, white wine and tomato

Gamberoni al Aglio £14.35
King prawns with garlic, white wine and lemon

Salmone al Cartoccio £13.95
Salmon cooked in the oven in foil with prawns, clams, cherry tomatoes and white wine

All served with the choice of chips, vegetables, rice or sweet potato chips (£1 supplement)


Grilled Sirloin 10 oz £14.50

Grilled Chicken £12.50

Add a Sauce. All £3.50
Peppercorn | Diane | Diavola | Garlic Butter

Surf And Turf Sauce £4.75
King prawns, Greenland prawns, mushrooms, brandy and cream

New Fettina £12.95
Flattened 5oz fillet steak cooked in either Diane or Peppercorn sauce

New Anatra Cotta Al Fuoco Lento £13.95
Slow cooked duck leg with wild mushroom and marsala sauce

New Pollo Valdostana £13.50
Bread crumbed Chicken breast, tomato sauce and mozzarella

Pollo Mare & Monti £13.50
Chicken breast, king prawns, Greenland prawns, mushroom, cream and brandy

Pollo Kiev £13.95
Chicken breast stuffed with garlic, butter, parsley, bread crumbed and deep-fried

Pollo Cordon Bleu £14.95
Chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella, ham then bread crumbed and deep-fried

With a choice of Diavola or Imperial sauce

All served with the choice of chips, vegetables, rice or sweet potato chips (£1 supplement)

Please note most dishes can be prepared to suit your dietary requirements. This includes:

• Gluten free
• Diary free
• Wheat free

Just ask a member of staff.
A discretionary charge will be added to your bill for any customer choosing not to order food.
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Sunderland Echo Review

10th July 2014

The old adage “never judge a book by a cover” is one that’s certainly applicable to this little slice of Italy.

Its exterior is pretty inconspicuous. I’ve driven past it countless times and it’s always just blended in with all the shop facades along Chester Road.

In all my years living in, and eating my way through, Sunderland, this was my debut San Marino meal. First impressions were great, the welcome’s warm, the atmosphere friendly and informal and the decor is surprisingly trendy, with olive green walls, dark woodwork and feature walls displaying black and white family photos from the old country.

It all helps to create a cosy ambience – you can see why this restaurant is still going strong almost two decades after opening its doors.

Fresh from a shift at the coal face of news, colleague Monica and I visited on a Friday night before 7pm which meant we could order from the Happy Hour menu.

It’s a cheap as chips option with the bulk of the starters – such as garlic mushrooms, bruschetta and potato skins – coming in at £3.50.

You can also pick up any pizza or pasta for £4.95 or chicken dishes, such as deep fried chicken breast with smoked paprika, for £7.20.

We flitted between this menu and the more weighty a la carte option over some free bread. No teeth-shattering crusty French stick here.

The warm rosemary foccacia we were treated to was light, packed with flavour and a perfect way to whet our appetites.

After such a flying start to the meal, my starter was a bit of a damp squib. I’d gone for the deep fried rice balls stuffed with mozzarella, served with smoked chilli relish.

Don’t get me wrong, there were plus points to this dish – three golf ball-sized mounds for £4.95 perched on top a bed of fresh peppery rocket and a chilli relish which packed a punch without being overpowering. However, I couldn’t taste any cheese once I’d tucked into the trio, which left them tasting a little flat and stodgy.

Monica’s starter, however, was a triumph.

Bruschetta can be a basic dish, but here you get plenty for your pounds: a sea of plump plum tomatoes peppered with garlic and herbs almost threatening to break the focaccia bread underneath.

Main meals were served swiftly and soon made up for my starter.

I’d gone for the spaghetti scogliera (£9.75) – the only pasta not available on the Happy Hour menu.

I’d ask for penne instead of spaghetti – in a bid to avoid any potential slurp stains on my shirt – but the staff here are more than happy to accommodate your culinary needs.

The result was a seafood pasta feast of huge knuckle duster king prawns, which were some of the meatiest I’ve had, mussels and regular non-supersize prawns.

The sauce was delicate but delicious and complemented the main ingredients to perfection. Monica too, was impressed with her seafood risotto which was served with a light tomato sauce so as not to detract from the salmon and prawns.

Too busy tucking in, we hadn’t finished our wine before the meal – our only extravagance of the night at £17.90 for a bottle of Pinot Grigio – but there was no shooing us out the door here.

Sunderland Echo

7th Feb 2013

IT’S true when they say, looks can be deceiving. The exterior of San Marino Italian Restaurant, on Chester Road, doesn’t do justice to the treats it has inside.

I have fond memories of making regular visits when I was younger, but have to be honest and say I don’t go as much now.

However, after choosing to visit recently, I was delighted to find the food is still just as good as when the restaurant opened its doors in 1996 – and what’s more, it has been given a face-lift.

Olive green walls dotted with black and white photographs bring the décor bang up-to-date, and it still has homely Italian charm with a mural – hand-painted by the owner’s daughter – adorning one wall.

The generous menu has all the usual favourite dishes and the specials board has more exotic variations.

Braving the Arctic temperatures of the last few weeks, friends Leigh and Hannah and I ducked into the wee restaurant to catch up and warm up over some hearty Italian food.

Two portions of gamberoni (£7.95 each) one with chilli and tomato (diavola), the other with white wine and garlic (al aglio), were delicious to start, as well as one order of garlic pate mushrooms (£5.90).

The main courses were just as good.

I opted for mushroom ravioli from the specials board (£7.95). The home-made pasta and filling were rich and tender and as I love mushrooms, it was a perfect choice.

Other orders were spaghetti polpette (£8.45), consisting of tasty meatballs in a tomato and chilli sauce, and tortellini crema (£7.45), which is small pasta shells packed with meat in a light, creamy sauce

Both dishes received high praise and to wash it all down we ordered a bottle of house rose wine (£10.95).

Overall, the verdict was excellent. The food and drinks menus are reasonably priced, however, if you’re feeding a family, or just want a cheap meal, happy hour is not to be sniffed at.

Three courses cost £9.95 and any pizza or pasta costs £4.95. Happy hour runs from 5pm to 7pm.

Monica Turnbull

Chef’s Specials

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food”

 ~ George Bernard Shaw.

In a addition to the regular menu you’ll find the chefs at San Marino offer you a wonderful selection of seasonal specials on our ever changing Specials Board. Please visit the San Marino Facebook Page for the latest updates.

Here are a few examples of what you may find…

Spider crab Trieste-style
A gastronomic triumph of colour and flavour.

Spaghetti with Tuna
Italian pasta and fresh fish.

Swordfish with capers and lemonSwordfish with capers and lemon
A quick and easy recipe to help you discover the versatility of swordfish in the kitchen.

Lemon Sorbet
The Italian classic to round off a meal of fish.

Welcome to San Marino

San Marino is a classic Italian restaurant suitable for all occasions offering a excellent choice of dishes.

Our restaurant offers a taste of Italy in Sunderland in the heart of the North East of England. We place great emphasis on the freshness and variety of the menu and try to promote Italian ingredients and value whenever possible in the dishes we offer. What do we recommend?

Everything of course! If you have any particular requirement and if would you like any dishes prepared differently please just ask.