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 7 Italian restaurants and venues; these are in no particular order and feature accompanying Italian food reviews where possible:
Recently named among three of the best Italian restaurants in the Sunday Times in April 2016, Edendum is quickly making an impact in Brighton as one of the go to Italian venues if you are looking for the best quality and most authentic. Comes highly recommended!
Ristorante Italiano: Nationally acclaimed
- Make a booking on:01273 733800
- Review: ‘Italian Food The Italian Way!’
Jamie Oliver’s Brighton restaurant is located on Black Lion Street, a stones throw from the seafront, nestled within the historic 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. Don’t forget their alfresco on the first floor too.
Ristorante Italiano: Cocktails, alfresco, amazing steaks too.
- Make a booking on:01273 915480
- Review: ‘Bloody Marvellous.’
Eatalio is a recently new addition to Brighton’s Italian food scene, and is located on Queens Road, about a 5 min walk from the station near Brighton’s clock tower. Inspired by the simple, yet healthy food served from the street carts in Italy, Eatalio provides affordable, grab and go food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Ristorante Italiano: Piadas – Bonissimo!
- Make a booking on:01273 567891
- Review: Delicious food in a fun environment
Where plant meets pizza. Purezza is Pizzeria in Kemptown that serves pizzas that are not only vegan but nearly 100% gluten free. It’s much lower in calories; pizzas are between 480 – 620 calories. Compared to a ‘typical’ pizza, from a fast food chain or supermarket, this is the equivalent of just 2 or 3 slices.
- Make a booking on:01273 945055
- Review: ‘A Free From Taste Sensation!’
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
- Make a booking on: 01273 726777
- Review: ‘Brighton and Hove’s Little Bit of Italy‘
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
- Make a booking on: 01273 326741
- Review: ‘Classico Italiano.’
New for 2015 and serving you a slice of Naples on Brighton’s West St, Nuposto Italian restaurant brings you the real deal Italian pizza with all the smells of authentic Italy. With two Stefano Ferrara pizza ovens all the way from Naples – why not watch their Italian chefs at work at Brighton’s newest ‘pizzeria and bar.’
Ristorante Italiano: Pizza from its spiritual home ‘Naples.’
- Make a booking on:01273 207777
- Review: Authentically Italian
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! Pizza Review
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.
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.