Whether you're a fan of fettuccine, crave cannelloni or rave over ravioli, everyone has a favourite pasta dish that fits the bill as the ultimate comfort food.

The Italian staple comes in all shapes and sizes and can complement a range of sauces from bolognese and pesto to cream and seafood.

This Monday marks World Pasta Day and meal box company Hello Fresh has carried out research which reveals Britain's favourite pasta to be lasagne, which features - it says - in around 57,000 monthly online surveys, followed by next favourites spaghetti and rigatoni.

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Naturally Newcastle has plenty of top Italian restaurants specialising in all types and, to celebrate World Pasta Day ourselves, we're bringing readers a list of top spots to go for pasta around Newcastle - as singled out by TripAdvisor reviewers.

Topolino Restaurant - Dean Street, city centre. "Amazing pasta" was the verdict of one happy customer.

Mascalzone - Helmsley Road, Sandyford. One reviewer wrote "best carbonara I've ever eaten".

Branches - Osborne Road, Jesmond. A TripAdvisor comment praised "amazing food" and menu choice.

Pani's - High Bridge, city centre. One reviewer thought it "one of the best Italian restaurants outside of Italy".

Prima Restaurant - Quayside. This serves "pasta cooked perfectly" said one happy customer.

La Famiglia - Whickham View, Denton Burn. The option of half-pizza, half-pasta meal was a top pick on a family visit which called the food "amazing".

Kafeneon - Bigg Market, city centre. The restaurant might be Greek but the likes of its Mediterranean Pasta have won praise - as has portion size.

Antico Restaurant - Osborne Road, Jesmond. One comment mentioned "outstanding food and service".

For further food for thought check out our list of pasta restaurants which we suggested people could fuel up at ahead of the Great North Run.

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