Mother’s Day

I’ve heard it said “Una mamma italiana e una benedizione di Dio” (an Italian Mum is a blessing from God). Italian Mums certainly do have a reputation for being very loving and caring as well as having a solid reputation for being great chefs. One way to start a lively (and lengthy) debate with your Italian friends is by asking whose Mum can cook the best pasta..?

Mothers Day in Italy is a day for mothers to be celebrated and cosseted. In many households mother is not allowed to do any housework or cooking on her special day and breakfast is often made for her. Mothers Day has also become Italy’s most popular day in the year to dine out.

Why not do things “Italian style” and come and visit us at Al Bacio this Mothers Day? We’ll help you to really spoil your Mum with a truly authentic Italian dining experience. Whether your Mum’s favourite is seafood or steak, pasta or pizza she’ll enjoy the mouth-watering menu our chefs have produced, sourced from the freshest ingredients and cooked to perfection. Added to this our warm and friendly staff who will ensure that this Mothers Day you experience an unforgettable family celebration, in great company, at Al Bacio. 

We look forward to seeing you.

Christmas at Al Bacio

Over Christmas and New Year you and your family need time to unwind which is why we’d love to invite you to Al Bacio to enjoy a sumptuous, stress-free, Italian Christmas meal. Christmas at Al Bacio is a truly special occasion and we enjoy every moment of it, as much as we look forward to the excitement of New Year. Our friendly staff will ensure that you end the year in great company, with mouth-watering cuisine from our menu and a cheerful Al Bacio family atmosphere for the perfect setting. We’ll help you and your loved ones to celebrate in style, whether it’s a festive Christmas reunion or welcoming in the New Year.

Our menu is designed to suit every taste and comprises a host of other palate pleasing dishes made from the finest and freshest of ingredients. So why not leave the oven gloves and the dishcloth at home with the elf on the shelf and we’ll do the hard work for you? You can find the full Christmas Menu on our website.

We hope to welcome you to our Al Bacio family this Christmas and New Year to share some great food, great company and an unforgettable Italian dining experience! You can find out the full details by calling us on 0117 973 9734.

fathers day at al bacio

Father’s Day at Al Bacio

At Al Bacio we want to celebrate and share life’s best moments, so bring your Dad along and treat him to an authentic Italian meal that he won’t forget!

Italian culture is all about celebrating the family, and we would like to open our home up to all the Dads this Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day on 16th of June 2019.

Just like Mother’s Day, Italy celebrates Father’s Day in its own special way. School children make their fathers gifts such as cards, drawings and by writing poetry. The holiday is celebrated on the nineteenth of March, which coincides with Saint Joseph’s day, a day in which families gather around the table and feast!

Whether you’re celebrating with your father, father in-law or a father figure in your life, our door is open from 12 pm – 10 pm on Sunday 16th of June 2019.

Hurry and book your table at Al Bacio today to avoid disappointment!

Visit our website or call us on 0117 973 9734

easter at al bacio

Easter at Al Bacio

Come and enjoy some authentic Italian food this Easter break at Al Bacio! Easter is a holiday that is widely celebrated in Italy, and not just on Easter Sunday.

There is a lot of history and culture tied to Italy, and some great traditions associated with the Easter period. One of the biggest events in Rome is the Ritual of The Way or Via Crucis, which is held next to Rome’s Colosseum!

Rome is a popular city to visit for the Easter holidays, however, if you fancy staying local this Easter why not pop in to Al Bacio for a spot of lunch, a relaxing evening meal or even our Puglia Sunday Lunch!

We are now replacing our Sunday roasts with our authentic Puglia dishes, so come and join us on Sundays and celebrate Italian tradition and great food this Easter!

Book your table today or call us on 0117 973 9734

Valentine’s Day at Al Bacio!

Italy is known as the country of love, from the beautiful canals of Venice and Rome’s striking Colosseum, to the exquisite Italian artistry found all over the country and the annual “Verona in Love” festival.

Italy truly is full of romance and authentic Italian cuisine!

Roses are red, violets are blue, the Al Bacio experience is waiting for you! No need to travel to Italy! Come and find us in Clifton, Bristol, for a romantic Italian meal out! Share some love, magic and great traditional Italian food with us this Valentine’s Day!

If you’re wondering what to do this Valentine’s day, why not make a day of it here, up in Clifton? There’s plenty of wonderful things to do in this part of Bristol as well as beautiful things to see! Why not take a stroll with that special someone through the botanical gardens, visit the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, take in some fine and timeless art, or perhaps wander over to Cabot Tower and enjoy the views from Brandon Hill. Finish off with a romantic meal at Al Bacio!

 Enjoy spending Valentine’s day with your special someone on this romantic holiday at Al Bacio. For only £27.95 per person indulge in a three-course authentic Italian meal, and surrender yourselves to a truly Italian romantic experience, soaking up the atmosphere to create a magical evening. Book between 5.00pm and 6.00pm to receive a half bottle of complimentary wine per table!

So, sit back and enjoy a relaxing, authentic Italian meal with your loved one at Al Bacio this Valentine’s day! Deposits are £5 per person.

Book your table today or call us on 0117 973 9734

Experience the Country of Love at Al Bacio this Valentine’s Day

If there’s one thing Italians know how to do, it’s how to make Valentine’s Day unforgettable. This year, bring your sweetheart to Al Bacio and let us take care of the rest.

Italy is known for having a long and amorous affair with love. It even has its own festival, dedicated to the sweet muse – La Festa Degli Innamorati celebrated in Verona, the world’s capital of love.

But you don’t have to go all the way to Italy to experience the most romantic Valentine’s Day yet. Just come down to Al Bacio, the authentic Italian restaurant in Clifton, Bristol and we’ll ensure that you and your sweetheart have the most romantic evening with the perfect food and atmosphere to compliment this special occasion.

So, don’t miss out and book your table early. Valentine’s day offers the unique opportunity to express our love and desire for our partners, to make sure they know how much we value them. What better way to say ti amo than with a mouth-watering Italian dish, cooked to perfection by our team of star chefs? Don’t take our word for it though – hear it from our clients.

“My husband and I hadn’t had a date out for months, so we were so excited to get a babysitter and book at Al Bacio. We were not disappointed. The food, for me, bruschetta romana, sirloin steak in sweet and spicy tomato sauce with prawns, and chocolate covered profiteroles was so delicious I might put a wanted ad in the paper for a regular babysitter…”

While our chefs are busy preparing your meals, our team of waiters, all of whom hail to Italian shores, will attend to your every need. They’ll ensure that you and your partner experience a truly wonderful and relaxing evening with us this Valentine’s Day.

So put your mind at ease, Take a look at our set Menu and book your table today.

Parents: Send Your Children off to University in Style

Doesn’t it seem like only yesterday when they were just learning to walk? And look at them now – all grown up, ready to start university this academic year…

Sending your children off to university is one those special moments in life – one to be savoured, and treasured for years to come. At Al Bacio, we’d love to make that moment feel extra special for you and your family, so come and celebrate with us!

Our recipe for success consists of three things – a relaxing and vibrant atmosphere, friendly staff who make you feel at home, and a delicious meal that exceeds your expectations. That’s why we believe the big adventure of starting university should be celebrated at Al Bacio, the authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Clifton.

You’ll be greeted by our friendly team of staff, all of whom hail to Italian shores, including our owner Pino, who enjoys entertaining his guests with singing and little skits, bringing fun and fellowship to every dining experience.

Whether you’re after meat, seafood, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options, our top chefs will ensure that your meal is cooked to perfection and perfectly presented, using only the freshest and most authentic Italian ingredients.

Once you’ve experienced Al Bacio, you’ll be back as friends of the family! But don’t take our word for it. Hear it from our customers who have tried and tested Al Bacio for themselves. This is a review that Barry S. from London shared on our Tripadvisor page, giving us a fantastic five stars.

“Went there with my daughter who is at university in Bristol and two of her friends. The food was absolutely amazing, the service impeccable and the bill, wholly reasonable. I would go as far as to say one of the best restaurants I have been to. Won’t hesitate to return when I next revisit and would encourage you to do the same. All in all a most enjoyable lunchtime.”

Our name Al Bacio symbolises an extraordinary moment, sealed with a kiss – that’s the heart-warming send-off we hope your children will feel if you choose to dine with us. Don’t miss out, and book your table today!

 Speak and cook Italian! 

Speak and Cook Italian

International House Bristol is proud to present the first Italian cookery workshop in Bristol run entirely in Italian.

International House Bristol and Al Bacio restaurant are putting their skills together in order to offer this exceptional workshop bound to be of interest to anyone learning Italian or with a love of Italian cuisine!

What better way to improve your linguistic skills than by extending your gastronomic repertoire? Suitable for adults of all ages, the course is designed to maximise exposure to the language in a relaxed social setting with the added bonus that you create a delicious meal to be enjoyed by all involved.

The Theoretical Component

The aim of the course is to improve your Italian while learning how to cook Italian dishes, emphasising speaking and listening skills, and to enable participants to acquire the necessary vocabulary to complete the cooking task under the instruction and guidance of Al Bacio’s expert, native-speaker Chef, Stefano Galbiati. Participants will be supported by their very enthusiastic Italian teacher, Simona Marante, who will be on hand to deal with all linguistic queries.  The session will be conducted entirely in Italian, thereby maximising the benefits to participants. Not only do you get to listen and respond to native Italians, you also get to eat the result of your efforts!

The Practical Component

The objective is to be able to produce the following; Orecchiette e Cavatelli al Pesto, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina con Pomodoro fresco, Mozzarella e Basilico, and a traditional Italian desert, Tiramisù. Participants will watch and listen to Stefano as he demonstrates his skills thereby learning how to produce these beautiful Italian dishes. Learning a language through doing a task is a well-recognised method and adds an element of fun and excitement. In addition to preparing and eating the meal, participants will be introduced to a number of Italian wines allowing them to choose the best one to accompany their mini-masterpiece.

Workshop n.1 

Recipe for a 2 course meal of 2 different pasta dishes and a delicious Italian desert:

Main dishes: 

  • Orecchiette e Cavatelli al Pesto
  • Gnocchi alla Sorrentina con Pomodoro fresco, Mozzarella e Basilico


  • Tiramisù 

In this workshop, you will learn the origin of fresh pasta and how to make it. Pasta has an old pedigree, going back hundreds – if not thousands – of years. Unravelling the long and often complex history of this dish, you will have a look at its origins and some of the myths surrounding it.

You will learn to make the sauces to go with it and why each pasta shape has its own different sauce.

Date: 29th March 2016
Times: The workshop runs for 3 hours from 6.30-9.30pm and is open to all students of Italian.
Location: Al Bacio restaurant, 95 Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1LW, Bristol.
Maximum number of participants per workshop: 12.
Cost per person: £30 for a 2 course meal including drinks (a glass of Italian wine (or two!) that matches the food prepared on the evening) and all the teaching involved!

For bookings: Register your interest by filling the enrolment form at or call us on 0117 9067660 to book your space by 24th March.

International House Bristol contact person: 
Yaelle Hartley (Foreign Languages Coordinator)
Tel: 0117 9067660  Email:

Working hours:
Mon-Tue: 9-12.45pm,  Thur: 9-2.15pm, Fri: 11-3.45pm