Washington’s Beloved Novellos Italian Restaurant Expands to Newcastle


Following the overwhelming success of Novellos, the Italian restaurant nestled in Washington, a new chapter unfolds as it ventures into Newcastle. Novellos, a joint endeavor of chef Dean Lathbury and seasoned restaurant manager Dorian Koti, has captured the hearts of diners with its Italian classics infused with creative twists.

The success of a Washington-based Italian restaurant has led to the owners taking over a new site in Newcastle.

Novellos, based at New Road, Washington, opened its doors in March last year and has been a huge hit since day one.

And that has given the team behind it the confidence to take over the former San Lorenzo restaurant at Gosforth High Street, as part of its expansion plans.

Around £100,000 is being spent on giving the restaurant a refurbishment, with plans to be open in November with a new name and a new look.

Novellos was launched as a joint venture chef Dean Lathbury and experienced restaurant manager, Dorian Koti, who had previously been involved in a number of ventures, including setting up their own restaurant in Durham.

The two men reunited last year to open Novellos, which has proved hugely popular with diners from around the immediate area and beyond.

The combination of Italian pizza and pasta favourites with some unique twists as well as more substantial main courses has proved a winning combination and one the team now intend to replicate in Gosforth.

The restaurant has stood empty since San Lorenzo shut its doors in April, with the previous owners’ company going into liquidation in August.

“We are delighted to be extending the Novellos brand into this fantastic site in Gosforth,” said Dorian.

“We know it’s a busy location and we are sure the restaurant will be as popular in Newcastle as it is in Washington.”