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The 10 Best Italian Restaurants in Bristol

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The 10 Best Italian Restaurants in Bristol

These are the 10 best restaurants to eat Italian food in Bristol.
20 December, 2022

Bristol is one of the UK’s best cities to paint the town red, and that includes eating out, with an array of great restaurants. Whether you are planning on treating yourself to a special dinner, or you’re looking for a quick bite on your way out, Bristol has some really great Italian restaurants to choose from. Here are the ten best Italian restaurants in Bristol.

Don Giovanni

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A longstanding favourite with Bristolians, Don Giovani's offers a very traditional Italian menu with little tweaks here and there to cater to local tastes. You can go all out on antipasti, primi and secondi, choose from traditionally prepared meats and fish dishes, as well as an impressive list of pasta dishes, all lovingly prepared by a genuinely Italian kitchen.

Veeno

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This group of restaurants and wine bars benefits from economy of scale, as they are able to directly source the best Italian ingredients for their restaurants across the UK. Wines from their family-run vineyard, in Giumarella and Cutaja in Sicily, feature in a stunning wine list and cocktail offering at the bar, while the Italian food is expertly prepared, with much attention to detail. Veen is a chic and relaxed restaurant that fits the bill for any occasion.

Taste of Napoli

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Naples is world famous for its street food and at Taste of Napoli you can enjoy pizzas, paninis, authentic Italian coffee and of course the very best Neapolitan fried specialities. The relaxed atmosphere is very welcoming and with Italian specialities available to purchase to go, this café, bar and restaurant is a genuine slice of Napoli in Bristol.

Pasta Ripiena

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Enjoy the Italian art of stuffed pasta at Pasta Ripiena, where the food is prepared according to the Italian tradition, but served with panache and paired with exceptional wines. The Italian dining experience is simplicity elevated to something special, with a playful and dynamic atmosphere. Perfect for almost any occasion, especially with family and friends.

The Bristol Stable

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A sourdough pizza restaurant in a hip, bare-bones industrial setting, this is a pizzeria that focuses on the quality of the pizza that comes out of the oven. A cool locale to enjoy fine pizza, craft beers and live music, this is a place to get the party started. Customers vote with their feet at The Stable and come back in droves.

Piccolino

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An upscale, classic Italian restaurant situated in Cabot Circus, Piccolino is an ever-popular restaurant that serves authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Ingredients are locally sourced for dishes that always hit the mark. Choose to eat in the elegant dining room, or sit outside when the weather permits and you won’t be disappointed.

Pasta Loco

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The award-winning sister restaurant of Pasta Ripiena, this restaurant serves the best of Italian food on a seasonal basis. Whether you're choosing form authentic classics, or something more modern, the quality is always the highest and bursting with flavour. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, a place to nourish both body and spirit.

Prego

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A wide range of Italian cuisines are available at this inviting restaurant with a warm dark-wood interior. The fresh pasta is made in-house daily and the menu is complete with pizza, pasta and man courses, including meats and fish. With the highest-quality ingredients make up a menu that is served with aplomb by an accomplished kitchen, you won’t ever be disappointed at Prego.

Rosmarino

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Open daily for Italian-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner, this busy and inventive restaurant has one of the best breakfasts in the city. Award-winning food and service make for a very pleasant experience that is also great value. All the Italian favourites make up the menu with an authentic offering to suit any mood or occasion.

Al Bacio

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Located in Clifton, this restaurant serves both traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine. Outdoor dining is available for the al fresco experience. Delicious and authentic, this is Italian food at its best, with a warm and welcoming service that makes for great dining experience.

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