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Review: Gemelli, Newport

(June 01, 2017)

Review: Gemelli Restaurant, Newport

Gemelli Restaurant, Newport

After spending a pleasant morning walking around Caerleon and its various historical sites, developing a healthy appetite as a result, we decided to stop off somewhere for lunch on the way home, and Gemelli came highly recommended.Gemelli Restaurant

The restaurant's location would appear rather odd to anyone who has not visited before (and to your satnav), being integral to the Newport Retail Park and opposite the entrance of the large on-site Tesco. However, I had hoped that as soon as you entered the restaurant you would not know that you were in such an unconventional location. And, sure enough, within moments of our arrival, we felt exactly that; we were in a classic Italian restaurant, no longer at an out of town retail park.

Warmly welcomed and shown to our seats (we booked our tables ahead of time as lunchtimes were anticipated as being busy, even though it was mid-week. Turned out to be the right call, as all the other tables soon became taken.

Menus were brought over quickly and drink orders made.

You can see what was on offer here:

For starters, I had the mushroom and truffle ravioli and my partner the gnocchi. Both were stunningly presented, with a huge attention to detail both in terms of the way the food was presented and also the crockery and plates used; different styles of dishes/plates were used for each course/dish. When the starters were presented (as with the mains) the staff seemed genuinely interested in your reaction, creating a sense of theatricality (such as the smoked starter served to a nearby table, when the glass cloche was removed with great aplomb). We were asked a number of times during the meal if we were enjoying it, and I got the sense that this was done to genuinely illicit your thoughts on the dishes rather that simply being done ritually, as is often the case.

mushroom and truffle ravioli
Mushroom and truffle ravioli starter

Gnocchi starter

For mains, I had the lamb ragu with tagliatelle and my partner the sea bass, again beautifully presented, generously portioned and well seasoned. We also ordered a side of sauté potatoes and vegetables, these were well caramelised and tasted fabulous (I regretted that we had not ordered one each rather than one to share!).

Lamb ragu with tagliatelle
Lamb ragu with tagliatelle

Sea bass main course
Sea bass main course

For dessert, we shared two scoops of the delicious gelato which is handmade on the premises, opting for the dark chocolate and amaretto varieties. A huge range of flavours are available, so you would be spoilt for choice.

Wide choice of gelato
Wide choice of gelato

Gemelli is rightly renowned for the beauty and huge range of deserts they create on-site (they often make wedding and special occasion cakes), and we were delighted to discover that you can take cakes/deserts home with you, which we duly did.

One of Gemelli's impressive range of desserts
One of Gemelli's impressive range of desserts

I can personally recommend the chocolate fudge cake, which was absolutely divine.

Claire Meredith, June 2017

Gemelli Restaurant
Unit G1 Tesco Store
Newport Retail Park
Spytty Road
NP19 4TX

Phone/Ffôn: 01633 270210


More hotel and restaurant reviews by Claire Meredith:


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The Potted Pig, Cardiff
; March 2017
Etc..., Penarth; March 2017
32 Townhouse, Arberth
; December 2016
The Star Inn, Treoes, Bro Morgannwg
; September 2016
Shore Kitchen, Y Mwmbwls
; September 2016
La Luna, Tonysguboriau; June 2016
La Trattoria, Tonysguboriau; June 2016
Junction 28, Newport
; March 2016
Y Talbot, Tregaron; September 2015

Manorhaus, Llangollen; June 2015

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell; December 2014

Ruthin Castle Hotel, Rhuthun; September 2014

The Manor Town House, Fishguard; June 2014
Llandeilo; December 2013
Tenby / Dinbych-y-pysgod; September 2013
The Old Chemist Inn, Saundersfoot
; September 2013

The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd
; September 2013

Gwesty'r Emlyn Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn
; June 2013

Photographic study of Newcastle Emlyn
; June 2013
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel; December 2012

The Drawing Room, nr Builth Wells; December 2012
3 Pen Cei Guest House, Aberaeron; June 2012
Escape 5* B&B, Llandudno; June 2012
The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd; June 2012
Photographic study of Myddfai; February 2011
The Crown at Whitebrook; February 2011
The New White Lion, Llandovery; February 2011
Ty Mawr Mansion Country House, Cilcennin, Lampeter; December 2009
George Thomas Hospice 'Style In the City' event; May 2009

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