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Al Duomo Brighton, Italian and pizza restaurant, Central Brighton

Al Duomo Brighton – a city institution

Al Duomo was opened in 1979, by Dino Azzaroni and is the city’s longest serving Italian restaurant. The restaurant was named after the dome over the India Entrance to the Royal Pavilion Gardens, at the head of the North Laine. Like the Pavilion itself, has become something of a Brighton icon over the past forty-plus years. 

over head shot of two pizzas one has grilled courgette the other has artichoke, olives and bail leaves, there's a terracotta bowl of olives and two cocktails red napkins and cutlery on the table too
Photo credit: Al Duomo

The original restaurant featured Brighton’s first wood-fired pizza oven, and they still cook their pizzas using this traditional method today. Having come under new ownership in 2021, there’s been much change for the betterment of Al Duomo. The Kitchen has been massively expanded, which is clearly reflected in the quality of the food being served. They even make their gelato and desserts in-house now. At the head of the kitchen is chef Ercole Cappai, the previous owner of another long time local favourite, The Latin in The Laine (sadly, now closed).

colorful interior at al duomo with a large tree growing in a planter underneath a glass roof. White walls are decorated with murals depicting Brighton pavilion and with arched mirrors. Exposed brick walls are hung with colourful prints in frames
Photo credit: Al Duomo

Inside the restaurant

The large venue provides ample seating for gatherings of any size. They’re there seven days a week for all your needs, from simply stopping by for some fresh, quality and affordable lunch to hosting a large party. Their terrace has plenty of space for alfresco dining and is beautifully situated in a sun trap, with Pavillion Garden views. Dogs are also welcome on the terrace. 

interior shot of Al Duomo Brighton. Wooden chairs arranged around square white marble tables. One wall is decorated with a mural of the Brighton Pavillion, another is exposed brick hung with pictures in frames. There is a large glass roof making the space very light.
Photo credit: Al Duomo

Inside, the restaurant is light and bright. Newly redecorated in Mediterranean blues and orange that instantly bring to mind far off sunny shores and all the culinary delights that entails. As well as the main eating area there is a mezzanine level, and private dining rooms for more exclusive parties. 

Food at Al Duomo

The menu at Al Duomo Brighton retains Italian cuisine classics, which often consist of very stripped back dishes so that the quality of the ingredients shines. A simple quality sauce over freshly made pasta or a Margherita pizza is the true test of quality in any Italian eatery. At Al Duomo, you’ll find exactly that, simplicity, freshness and quality. 

An over head shot of a white marble table laid out with plates of food, a seafood salad on a bed of citrus fruit, a side bowl of olives, peppered battered squid with salad, king prawns and meat balls. There are cocktails and a bottle of wine on the talble.
Photo credit: Al Duomo

At Al Duomo, they make all their pasta and gelato in-house. Seafood is a popular choice here, and that is all landed locally and delivered fresh. 

over head shot of raviolli in a round white pasta bowl at Al duomo Brighton. Around the ravioli there are bowls of olives, a side dish with beans a green drink with lime and mind and a red drink with citrus fruit garnish
Photo credit: Al Duomo

Start your meal at Al Duomo with an aperitif or cocktail. The word Aperol always sparks attention but don’t overlook the Hibiscus Margarita (did someone say Aperol? Did someone say Limoncello?) Enjoy your meal with some well-selected wine from their extensive wine list, with a price range to suit all budgets. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is wonderfully paired with pizza. While in the white section an Inzolia, from Western Sicily, is always an enjoyable wine that pairs especially well with seafood dishes.

Two cocktails on a black tray, the left hand cocktail is being topped up by a server from a bottle of prosecco.
Photo credit: Al Duomo

Food for all

All of their stonebaked, wood-fired sourdough pizzas can be made with vegan ‘mozzarella’ style cheese (at no extra cost) and there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options throughout the menu beyond pizza. For gluten-free diners, there’s a large number of starter dishes, lasagne as part of the pasta mains and several options on risotto and sides. There are certainly plenty of choices to build up a substantial gluten-free meal. 

A close up of seafood salad with prawns, squid and muscles with citrus fruit and salad leaves
Photo credit: Al Duomo

There’s a menu devoted to bambini (and we all know how children feel about Italian food). And here parents can trust three things: the food is fresh, affordable and there’ll be nothing left on the plate! Children can have two courses and a soft drink for £9 with guaranteed pleasers such as trofie Napoli and a selection of pizzas. Homemade gelato, with vegan and dairy free options will all have adults reaching for their spoons (why should kids have all the fun?).

Kids also get free colouring in, and you can cash in on your budding Michelangelo by sharing them with @alduomo.btn for a chance to win a £10 voucher and your next kid meal for free.

A marble table in Al Duomo Brighton is laid with a bowl of pasta, a pizza, some garlic bread, olives and two cocktails, one is pink and in a stem glass, the other is red and clear in a highball glass
Photo credit: Al Duomo

The good people at Al Duomo Brighton can also provide you with activity pages to keep the little ones occupied while you tuck into your meal. They also have high chairs for very little ones. Accessibility wise the ground floor has wheelchair access and plenty of manoeuvre room and there’s a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

Reviews

  1. Andrea Tocci

    Ristorante confortevole, cibo di ottima qualità. Negli ultimi 6 anni solo ottime impressioni. Oggi giorno della pasquetta tutto perfetto, servizio eccellente da parte di una cameriera spagnola. Ritornerò molto presto.

    Rough translation by RB

    Comfortable restaurant, excellent quality food. In the last 6 years only excellent impressions. Today the Easter day is perfect, excellent service from a Spanish waitress. I’ll come back very soon.

  2. Angela Simmonds

    Al Duomo have been around for so many years and the reason being is because they are very good at what they do.

    Offering you Italian flair at their tables, quick service and incredible food you can see why it has been around for decades. Plus, it is sensibly priced!

    On our recent visit just a couple of weeks ago I was so impressed at how fresh and tasty their food is.

    In my opinion there are all these brands in the city that shout about how good their food is and it is often a bit of a marketing campaign versus good quality food which gets people talking.

    What I am trying to say is wow! The pizza base, toppings, flavours and classic pizzas available at Al Duomo was impressive. Definitely up there with the best pizzas in the city!

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