Whilst these top 5 lists are not in any particular order, these fine Italian restaurants are some firm favourites of Foozie and we think them deserving of a shout out! If you are looking for inspiration for your next pizza and pasta then have a scroll…


Pasta Loco

Address: Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6


There is nothing we can say about Pasta Loco that we haven’t already other than the fact that if you haven’t visited yet then we feel for you. This modern approach to fresh pasta has taken Bristol by storm. Menu’s change regularly here with the team constantly experimenting with new ideas and it’s not just the food that blows you way when visiting, it’s the whole experience. Little touches like names on menus, glasses of fizz and the whole team making you feel as though you are part of the family makes for an unforgettable meal.


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Address: 225 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 


Serving up fresh Italian cuisine just like their friends at Pasta Loco; Bomboloni is a relaxed, gem of a neighbourhood restaurant. The whole affair is casual, with groups of families visiting with their children, friends enjoying a catch up and even older generations popping in for their dinner. The atmosphere is comfortable and there is no way you can rush food of this calibre. The portions are generous and fairly priced and you must try the homemade ‘bomboloni’ – Italian doughnuts with different sweet fillings.


Al Bacio

Address: 95 Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8


The all Italian team at Al Bacio believe food is a celebration and every moment should be enjoyed. This Clifton restaurant wants you to experience authentic Italy and dishes just as you would if you were there. The recently developed menu has plenty of choice, with a fantastic selection of fresh seafood dishes. They also have a lovely underground dining area, which is perfect for celebrating special occasions.


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Address: 59 Baldwin Street, Bristol BS1


The oldest Italian in the city has a winnng formula when it comes to serving Italian food in a lovely atmosphere. This restaurant is one for date night, with crisp white tablecloths, candles and traditional Italian decor. You’ll be waiting for that Lady and the Tramp spaghetti moment for sure. Let the knowledgeable staff recommend some of their favourite dishes for you and revel in this tiny piece of Italy right in the middle of the city.



Don Giovanni’s

Address: Victoria House, Temple Gate BS1


A restaurant that we feel often flies under the radar without much praise is Don Giovanni’s. This Italian favourite, situated by Temple Meads has a non-fussy approach to genuine food in a simple setting. The menu has Italian classics which are served generously and always cooked to perfection. This restaurant isn’t a place where you would doll up to the nines for, but it is somewhere you would visit for a delicious lunch or a relaxed dinner.