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There is something very wholesome about Italian cooking, with food making up a huge part of the Italian culture. The Table Pouncer blogging team have done their research and tracked down the best Italian restaurants Bournemouth diners regularly eat it. Whether you’re in the mood for some rich pasta, handmade pizza or creamy risotto, the restaurants in this list will have you covered.
Looking specifically for pizza? Take a look at our guide to the best pizzas in Bournemouth...
Sal e Pepe is a restaurant with a solid reputation. Established in 1997, this restaurant has been delivering traditional Italian cuisine to Bournemouth for a very long time. The restaurant is committed to quality, with the food all being freshly prepared in house. The menu has something that everyone can enjoy, with classic pizza, risotto and pasta dishes all appearing (the tortellini sale e pepe is particularly tasty). Check out Sal e Pepe if you want to kick back and relax whilst sampling some of the best Italian food in town.
Sal e Pepe, 41-43 Charminster Rd, Bournemouth, BH8 8UE
La Piccola is a family run restaurant that serves quality Italian meals. The restaurant is fun and vibrant, with this being reflected in the food. The menu in this place is about as comprehensive as you will find at any Italian - there are loads of dishes to choose from. What makes La Piccola Italia truly great is its sharing menu, which is designed for groups of 8 people or more. If planning a work night out or a large family meal, La Piccola Italia is absolutely perfect.
La Piccola Italia, 23 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth, BH8 8EH
Valentino is set inside a conservatory-style building, which gives the inside of the restaurant a light and airy feel. The atmosphere in the restaurant is fantastically friendly, with all guests receiving honest warm welcomes. The waiting staff are very knowledgeable about their food and are great at recommending wines to accompany your meal. All in all, a beautiful restaurant that serves reasonably priced food - definitely worth checking out.
Valentino, Exeter Rd, Bournemouth, BH2 5AF
Family run Chianti in Ferndown is known for providing an authentic Italian experience for diners in the Bournemouth area. Whether you are looking for somewhere for a romantic meal or for a group celebration, Chianti prides itself on catering to your needs and on selected nights it even has live music while you dine.
Their traditional menu includes classic dishes like linguine ai frutti di mare, cannelloni and quattro stagioni pizza. Chianti also offers a weekly specials menu that uses the freshest seasonal ingredients to create delicious dishes.
Chianti, 378 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH22 9AU
Amalfi has been in business for over 20 years and specialises in food that comes from Amalfi Coast region of Italy. Because of this, the menu is not the same affair as all the other Italians - dishes are much more varied and there’s an abundance of fish dishes. The restaurant itself is nice and spacious - ideal for romantic or lowkey meals. Highly recommended if you have fallen into the trap of thinking all Italian restaurants are the same.
Amalfi, The Wessex Hotel, 11-13 W Cliff Rd, Bournemouth, BH2 5EU
For a contemporary Italian restaurant in Bournemouth look no further than Kayla Brasserie. The restaurant is popular with a wide range of diners including families, groups and those just looking to enjoy a drink after work in Kayla’s outside seating area.
Their menu boasts Italian classics such as delicious pasta and risotto as well as pizzas and calzones that are cooked in the restaurant’s clay oven. Next time you’re in Bournemouth city centre and are looking for somewhere to eat just look out for Kayla Brasserie’s orange umbrellas for a delicious Italian feast.
Kayla Brasserie, 42 Holdenhurst Road , Bournemouth Town Centre, BH8 8AD
Da Maria is another fantastic family run restaurant. The outside of the restaurant may not be that exciting, but on the inside it is small and cosy - the perfect setting for some authentic, home cooked Italian food. Part of what makes the food so good is that Da Maria import the finest ingredients directly from Italy; cured meats, olive oil, cheese and wines are all shipped in especially. The service here is very welcoming too - you really do feel like one of the family whenever you visit.
Da Maria, 65 Seabourne Rd, Bournemouth, BH5 2HD
Cuccinis is a very classy Italian restaurant that has a fantastic interior. The dining area is intimate with some subtle mood lighting, and overall, Cuccinis is one of the nicest looking restaurants on this list. As well as superb food, Cuccinis also has a very good drinks menu that has a great selection of wines on it. They also serve cocktails, which are perfect for washing down your meal before a night out.
Cuccinis, 218-220 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1PE
For delicious Italian food in a lively atmosphere, head to Pinocchio. This Bournemouth Italian restaurant was established in 1979 and has been keeping its customers happy with its delicious and authentic Italian food ever since. Pinocchio welcomes families and children and has an extensive menu of pizza, pasta as well as a range of poultry, fish, succulent steaks and tender veal that is sure to keep the whole family happy.
Pinocchio,18 Poole Hill, Bournemouth BH2 5PS
For some of the finest pizza in the area, we definitely recommend Pizza Gourmet in Southbourne. Their top quality pizzas are all made from fresh dough, and served by candlelight on beautiful wooden boards - it's a great choice for a date night. As well as the classic toppings (Four Seasons, Hawaiian, Ham and Mushroom and others), you'll also find a range that matches their Gourmet name: try the Matador, topped with scallops, chorizo, rocket, dill and a beautifully sweet balsamic reduction. Delicious.
Pizza Gourmet, 96 Cranleigh Road, Southbourne, BH6 5JL
Tags: Ferndown, Southbourne, Westbourne, Parkstone, Bournemouth Town Centre, Poole, Italian, Families With Children, Good For Groups, Date Night, Modern European, Business Dining, Alfresco Dining, Mediterranean, Extensive Wine List, Casual Dining, Live Music, £ - £20-£30, ££ - £30-£40, Pizza
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