Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Pizza in Brighton
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Diners visit Donatello’s for many reasons, and consistency of quality is one of them. From the food, to the drinks and service, this venue remains the market leader in town for reliability. Authentic, well priced and expertly cooked Italian dishes are served to guests with friendly and approachable service. This seems to be the winning formula for building a reputation on the foodie scene in town. Visit for their all Italian wine list too, it is truly something special in Brighton.
This neighbourhood pizzeria, tucked away in Kemptown, is a destination in its own right, we believe. Think light airy setting, chilled Kemptown vibes, alfresco summer seating with late evening sun, wines from Butlers Wine Cellar and pizza that comes certified as authentic Neopolitan. On a fine evening, you can finish off your meal with a seafront promenade, far from the madding crowd of the more populated strip between the piers. Or explore the excellent selection of watering holes that Brighton’s bohemian village has to offer. Woodbox Pizzeria serves the classic Italian “fast food”, but at the more relaxed Italian pace.
Serving you a slice of Naples on Brighton’s West Street, NuPosto Pizza Brighton brings you the real deal, genuine Italian pizza with all the smells of authentic Italy. The Neapolitan base is proved for 24 hours then cooked in 60 seconds to seal in flavour and deliver a perfect chewy base with creamy mozzarella which is delivered twice weekly from Italy.
Opening in 1979, Al Duomo is the longest serving Italian ristorante in Brighton, and possibly the first in the UK to offer wood fired pizza. Their dough is proved for three days to make an extra light and fluffy texture, tomatoes and flour are imported from the best suppliers in Italy, but fresh ingredients are sourced from Sussex. An exceptional serving and ‘pizza Brighton’ history!
Cosmic Pizza in the kitchen at The West Hill Tavern (or ‘The Westie’ to locals) is serving pizzas that are “out of this world”. Pizzas here certainly do break away from tradition offering plenty for the adventurous while keeping some fairly classic options going for those who recoil from change. Brunch Pizza is served every Saturday with some savoury breakfast-style pizza toppings served from 12-3 pm and can be served as a bottomless brunch with 90 minutes of free-flowing mimosas or fizz; because if you’re going to get judged for eating pizza for breakfast you may as well get judged for daytime drinking too.
Dodo Pizza delivers super fast and fresh pizzas, made with a superior quality of ingredients to many similar fast food style venues. The small restaurant is great for eating on the go with single slices available from just £1; these are always fresh within the hour, there’s even a timer to let you know when it came out the oven. For the cautious or the just plain curious, you can watch the activity in the kitchen via the live webcam. Dodo pizza is the fast food pizzeria, reinvented.
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.
If you’re going to find a vegan pizza Brighton is no doubt your place to start looking. Opening in 2005 Purezza is pure plant-based pizzas, and their success has seen them expand into Camden with a second ristorante. Menus are a wonderful mix of pure honest plant and really very good cheese and meat alternatives for those who like the taste, just not the connotations.
Small and independently owned the VIP Italian pizzeria restaurant affordable and authentic. Located centrally on the Old Steine this venue serves a great value Italian pizza as well as an Italian Deli-Café (Italian cheeses & salamis). Be prepared there is nearly always a queue to get in but for those in the know (and willing to make the short trip) they have a second, quieter pizzeria hidden away in Saltdean.
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 greeted in a typical Italian way, like long lost friends. Photo credit: Si Signore Facebook
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 5pm, 7 days a week, Casalingo offers a true taste of the Italian lifestyle. Photo credit: Casalingo Facebook
Situated very central opposite the Pavilion Gardens, the Dome, the Corn exchange and the Theatre Royal. Pinocchio 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.
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. Photo credit: Marrocco’s Facebook
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, antipasto, salads, seafood and much more. Great for parties and events. Average fare, great value for money, it is the service which is the star here. Photo credit: Orsino Facebook
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