Italian Restaurants in Bristol
1. Bosco Pizzeria Pizza restaurant in Bristol 96 Whiteladies Rd - BS8
“Really great pizza and small plates” ensure that this Neapolitan-style outfit (also with a Clifton Village sibling) is “always buzzing”; it’s “particularly great in the summer when the windows are open to the pavement on a sunny evening”.
2. Pasta Loco Italian restaurant in Bristol 37A Cotham Hill - BS6
This “magical” pasta specialist has in three short years launched cousins Ben Harvey & Dominic Borel as key Bristol restaurateurs. “Authentic-sounding but unusual and delicious pasta sauces” contribute to the “wonderful gastronomic experience” at this “laid-back and intimate” venue. See also Pasta Ripiena, La Sorella and Bianchi’s (named after their Italian grandfather Aldo Bianchi).
3. San Carlo Italian restaurant in Bristol 44 Corn Street - BS1
“Never had a poor meal” – this smart but low-key branch of the slick national group founded by Sicilian-born Carlo Distefano delivers “lovely cooking, attentive and well-trained staff, and there’s always a good atmosphere” – “a tried and tested favourite for all special occasions”.
4. Pasta Ripiena Italian restaurant in Bristol 33 Saint Stephen's Street - BS1
It’s not fancy (wood banquettes and orange school chairs), but this small new Redcliffe Italian turns out “wonderful” fresh stuffed pasta – a USP in this country – that’s full of “interesting seasonal flavours”. The owners, behind Pasta Loco, are fast building a local empire, having opened a deli/café, La Sorella, two doors down from the premises in May 2019, followed by trattoria Bianchi in the old Bell’s Diner (RIP).
6. Dough Pizza restaurant in Bristol 30-34 Baldwin Street - BS1
A sibling branch for the Bath pizzeria that lets you choose the dough as well as the topping for your pizza, from over 10 doughs available, including gluten-free and purple corn.
7. Prego Italian restaurant in Bristol 7 North View - BS6
On the border of Westbury Park and Henleaze, this new neighbourhood spot (started by a pair of floorlayers who gave up their day jobs to become self-taught chefs and restaurateurs) is already inspiring very positive reports as an excellent new favourite (but too limited feedback for a rating as yet).
8. Marmo Italian restaurant in Bristol 31 Baldwin Street - BS1
Bar Buvette (RIP) has been taken over by (chef) Cosmo and (ex-lawyer, nowadays front of house) Lily Sterck, who met at Bristol Uni and whose CVs include well-known London restaurants, St John and Luca. Local press reports say it’s agreeable, white painted looks and short menu of straightforward Mediterranean-influenced cooking (including pasta, charcuterie and ice cream made on the premises) make it one of the best local openings of last year.
9. Bianchi's Italian restaurant in Bristol 1-3 York Road - BS6
Taking over the Montpelier premises that for over 40 years housed the much-loved Bell’s Diner (RIP), this summer-2019 Italian yearling is from the team behind local hits Pasta Loco, Pasta Ripiena, and La Sorella. Top Tip – very competitively priced lunch deal.
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