There are times when you just need to go to a place that will offer something for everyone and where you know you will never be disappointed with the meals.
Del Peco could very well be that choice in Newcastle. It is situated in The Junction with other happening cafes and restaurants and provides a modern, relaxed, impeccably clean environment that provides reliably decent meals for a very reasonable price.
An inviting atmosphere
For similarly positioned and decked out equivalents, you might expect to pay a great deal more for your meals, but Del Peco is highly competitive in its pricing and is hard to beat for that little bit extra. If you need somewhere to go during your working day, it is a perfect option for lunch or coffee with a tantalising selection of desserts, cakes and cookies. Lunch options include substantial pastas at $16 each, open burgers, wraps (both served with chips or salad), tapas and exquisite salads. On a recent visit, I had the warm seafood and risoni salad. I am a sucker for Balmain bugs and this meal astounded me with its generous portions and seafood display. All the meals at the Del Peco are obviously made with the freshest of ingredients. They are popular for their pastas and wraps at lunch and the salads are obviously wonderful too.
Warm seafood and risoni salad for lunch
However if you don't work around there, Del Peco is also the place to go for a laid back weekend breakfast or a stylish dinner destination. The breakfast menu is available from 7am to 5pm offering well-priced sweet and savoury choices guaranteed to cover all desires. One of my favourites is the Sweet bruschetta with maple mascarpone, strawberry compote, chocolate and walnut salami. Only $10. The usual favourites of Breakfast burritos, the Del Peco Big Breakfast, mini breakfast and breakfast panini etc are all there ranging from $6-$19 making it very affordable.
Dinner is slightly more upmarket with entrees at $16, pastas at $19 and main meals around the $26-$38 range. The well-equipped wine cellar adds to Del Peco's appeal.
Tuscany and modern cafe chic
The decor here is a mix of Tuscany and modern cafe chic with its wooden chandeliers and dark walls. Depending on your mood you could sit in different areas. Seating is available out front on the street, at the side for a quieter outdoor experience, out back for total solitude, inside near the darkened bar or catch the full light inside at the front. The service here has always been consistently reliable. The wait staff are attentive but subtle and never 'in your face', they exude a professional capability which is what you want.
For those with allergies or food preferences, the menu contains a variety of vegetarian and gluten free options.
The pastas are a great lunch time choice