Italian & Pizza Restaurants in Brighton and Hove
Here in Brighton and Hove we are very lucky as we have an abundance of great Italian restaurants and many of them have been firmly established since the late 80’s and 90’s. Here are our top 5 Italian restaurants in no particular order with accompanying Italian food reviews:
Morelli Zorelli, Hove
Morelli Zorelli brings you a true taste of Italy, using both artisan and genuine Italian ingredients and is quickly making its mark as a serious contender as one of the best pizzerias in Brighton and Hove. We are talking seriously big Italian flavour, from a smallish but perfectly formed menu using a 150 year old Sardinian sourdough.
Ristorante Italiano: Sardinian recipe, eat-in or takeaway
Review: Coming soon >>
Jamie’s Italian Restaurant, Brighton
Jamie Oliver’s Brighton restaurant is located on Black Lion Street, a stones throw from the seafront, nestled within The Lanes. Whatever the occasion – a quick bite with friends or a big family dinner. They take bookings of any size, from 2-85, but feel free to walk in anytime.
Ristorante Italiano: Cocktails, alfresco, amazing steaks too.
Review: ‘Bloody Marvellous.’
Al Duomo Authentic Italian Restaurant, Brighton
Renowned as a venue for many an occasion, Al Duomo is centrally positioned right next to the historic Royal Pavilion and caters for small and intimate, while also having the capacity for the grand and the elaborate. Set over 5 different floors, Al Duomo Italian restaurant is the longest serving Italian ristorante since 1991.
Ristorante Italiano: Authentic, themed nights, events space
Review: ‘Classico Italiano.’
Avenue Restaurant & Café
Not an Italian restaurant but a venue which serves excellent pizza in this new venue in central Hove. Just a short stroll along Church Road from Palmeira Square Avenue is a great venue for some early evening cocktails, pizza, or a delicious restaurant dining experience. For Avenue stone-baked Pizza you have a choice of the Italian classics or some of Avenue’s own creations. There is a takeaway service and all of the Pizzas can be made smaller for the kids.
Piccolo Italian Restaurant, Brighton
Infused with the romance of Italy, this Italian Ristorante has an infectious atmosphere and is brimming with Italian flavour. Popular with the discerning Brighton locals, this centrally located venue scores top marks for its professional Italian service and, more importantly, their quality and fresh ingredients.
Ristorante Italiano: Value for money, authentic, family owned
Review: ‘A Very Italian, Italian Restaurant.’
Best of the Rest – Italian restaurants in Brighton
VIP (Very Italian Pizza), Restaurant & Deli Café, Brighton
Small and independently owned the VIP Italian Pizzeria restaurant and café is as affordable as they come and is a great newcomer to the Italian restaurant scene in Brighton. Located centrally on the Old Steine this venue serves a great value Italian pizza as well as serving as an Italian Deli-Café (Italian cheeses & salamis). Naples inspired Italian cuisine. Always busy so get there early!
Si Signore, Italian Restaurant and Café, North Laine
Fully licensed or BYO, Si Signore is located on Sydney Street in Brighton’s North Laine. Described as a café and restaurant, this intimate little venue has a great following in this trendy part of bohemian Brighton. Renowned for their great service and family atmosphere. Here nothing is too much trouble and you will be great in a typical Italian way, like long lost friends.
Casa Lingo Italian Restaurant, Preston St, Brighton
Casalingo offers authentic Italian cuisine on Preston Street in Brighton. Well known for a relaxed and social atmosphere, this Italian restaurant has a knack for delivering an Italian inspired vibe, using truly authentic recipes and fresh ingredients. Open every evening from 5 pm, 7 days a week, Casalingo offers a true taste of the Italian lifestyle.
Alfresco Italian Restaurant, Brighton Seafront
Alfrescos is a modern beachfront Italian restaurant set within an art deco design which offers contemporary Italian cuisine.
The success and popularity of the restaurant is down to its idyllic seafront location and its versatility. The restaurant boasts magnificent upstairs seating overlooking both piers and offering panoramic views along the coastline.
Donatello’s Italian Restaurant, Central Brighton
This Brighton Italian Restaurant is open 7 days a week from 11.30am to 11.30pm and is a great Italian restaurant for all sorts of occasions; whether it is for a romantic get together, a group of friends together or for business of for pleasure. This Sussex restaurant is an Italian family-run business, and they pride themselves on Italian hospitality and authenticity.
Pinocchio Italian Restaurant, Central Brighton
Situated very central opposite the Pavilion Gardens, the Dome, the Corn exchange and the Theatre Royal. Pinocchio’s is an ideal Italian restaurant to pop into pre or post theatre, and it is one of those restaurants that always seems busy. Part of a small group of Italian restaurants, namely Donatello’s and Fat Leo’s. Generous portion sizes and great for groups, young & old.
Fat Leo’s Italian Restaurant (Currently Closed)
Budget no thrills pizza and pasta in a modern and casual restaurant setting. This Italian restaurant is located over two floors in the very popular Lanes area of Brighton. Part of the Donatello’s and Pinocchio’s group of Italian restaurants here in Brighton. Alfresco dining available during the warmer weather. Great value for money and located in a tranquil part of the city.
Leonardo, Italian Restaurant, Church Road, Hove
Situated along the busy Church Road in Hove, Leonardo’s brings you authentic Italian cuisine in a large spacious restaurant with the option of alfresco dining. Well known for their Sicilian inspired menu, Leonardo’s in Hove has been bringing a true taste of Italy to Sussex since 1996. Serving a selection of pizza, pasta, seafood and much more. Reputable and established.
Marocco’s, Italian Restaurant and Café, Hove Seafront
Located along a popular stretch of the Hove promenade, just past Hove lawns, Marrocco’s in Hove has been bringing Brighton and Hove a true taste of Italy for some time now. Well known for their incredible ice creams and their truly traditional menu, Marrocco’s brings you home made pasta, a fish menu and a range of dishes which are typical of a holiday in sunny Italy.
Otello, Italian Restaurant, Church Road, Hove
Offering fresh seasonal and innovative dishes, Otello in Hove has been part of the Hove restaurant scene for some time now. Described as Italian haute cuisine, this Italian inspired menu has a strong Mediterranean influence along with strong authentic Italian dishes. Otello brings you a reasonably priced menu in an open plan kitchen in a traditional Italian style.
Orsino,Italian Restaurant, Church Road, Hove
Typical Italian inspired cuisine in the heart of Hove. Orsino Italian restaurant has been in Brighton and Hove for many years now and brings you a classic service led setting, where you can enjoy a range of pizza, pasta, antipasta, salads, seafood and much more. Great for parties and events. Average fare, great value for money and it is the service which is the star here.
Franco’s, Italian Restaurant, Hove
A relative newcomer to the Italian restaurant scene here in Brighton and Hove and one which we have only discovered on the Restaurants Brighton grapevine. A great addition to this part of Hove and a Italian restaurant described as friendly, charming, affordable and we hear their posh pizza is pretty good. This Ristorante Italiano doesn’t have a website yet, just a Facebook page at present.
Italian Cuisine – Notes From the Editor
Aperitivo, antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno, dolce and digestivo are all very common courses to find on an Italian menu and there are numerous regional and authentic Italian options available to you in Brighton and Hove.
Italian restaurants are typified by the simplicity of their dishes, plus in our opinion the professional waitering service which is the norm on the continent.
Main dishes usually have four to eight ingredients and these dishes are delivered with great quality ingredients if the restaurant is doing it correctly. What is usual too is that such great regional dishes are normally passed down through generations, from grandmothers and aunties, then this type of popular cuisine is sensationalised through celebrity cook books, cooking magazines and much more. We are a nation of Italian food lovers!
Different ingredients for Italian cuisine come from fruits, vegetables, meats, potatoes, rice, maize, corn, sausage and sauces in northern Italy and Northern Italian cooking uses less tomato sauce, garlic and herbs and more of the signature white wine sauce. This style of cooking then changes the further south you go into Italy with different ingredients available reflecting the diverse climate variations in the country.
Let us know which is your Italian favourite in Brighton and Hove and please give us your feedback?