San Marino

Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Christmas Menu

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Christmas Menu 2016

£5 Deposit Required Per Person – Non Refundable

Available from the 1st December

1 Course – £12
2 Course – £16
3 Course – £19


White Onion and Parmesan Soup
Ham and Black Pudding Terrine with house chutney
Pea, Mint, and Feta Bruschetta
Prawn and Crab Cocktail


Plaice Fillets With Clams and courgette white wine and cherry tomatoes
Spetzatino Slow Cooked Beef in red wine and vegetables
Crispy Goats Cheese with roasted carrot, squash and hazelnut salad
Turkey Milanese with creamed brussel sprouts and pancetta

To Finish…

Panetone Bread and Butter Pudding with pistachio ice cream
Chocolate Espresso Tart with vanilla cream
Ameretti, Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich with chocolate sauce
Stilton with Cheese Biscuits with house chutney, celery and grapes

New Year’s Eve 2016

£10 Deposit Required Per Person – Non Refundable

£45 per person

8:30PM until midnight


Anti-Pasto Italiano, a selection of hot and cold starters

Main Course

Roasted Fillet of Beef
Caramelised onion tart and red wine sauce
Monkfish wrapped in pancetta, wilted greens, clams, mussels and tarragon cream
Marinated Pork Fillet with wild mushroom and mustard cream
Goat’s Cheese and Truffle Croquettes with roasted carrot, celeriac salad, hazelnut dressing

To Finish…

Tropical Fruit Pavlova with vanilla crème fraiche gorgonzola
White Chocolate Panetone Pudding with pistachio ice cream
Milk Chocolate Tart with honeycomb ice cream
Selection of Cheeses with biscuits, celery and grapes

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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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.

Early Bird Menu

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

Starters £4.15

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 £5.75

Pollo £8.25

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

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.

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.