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Christmas Day & New Years at Al Bacio

Christmas at Al Bacio is a truly special occasion and we love every moment of it, so we are launching into the party season with great expectations! Excitement is mounting, you can almost hear those Christmas Bells! The smells coming from our kitchen can only mean that plans have been made, Christmas menus have been set and our chefs are busy. The only missing ingredient is you! It’s not too late to book a table for the Christmas period and we are open on Christmas Day.

Alternatively, you might be looking further ahead, making plans to celebrate the arrival of New Year.

Why not make New Year’s Eve 2018 a special one by booking ahead for a memorable dinner at Al Bacio? Our friendly staff will ensure that you end the year in great company, with great food options from our menu and a warm Italian atmosphere. Dining will be à la carte (from our standard menu) and there is no need to pay a deposit. We’re open from 12 midday onwards on New Year’s Eve – no closing time, so you can say goodbye to the old year at your leisure. As a great man once said, “Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve, middle age is when you’re forced to!!” We don’t want to force anyone to stay up too late but we’d love to help you to welcome in your New Year with the people who are most special to you.

Perhaps you’d like to try a recipe we have for a wonderful year ahead!

Take twelve ripe months; clean off any nasty memories.
Add a large scoop of gratitude and forgiveness.
Cut the months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts.
Add to each part love, kindness and hard work.

We hope to welcome you to our Al Bacio family this Christmas or New Year! It’s a busy season, so make sure you get in there early and book your table today. You can find out the full details by calling us on 0117 973 9734.

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Join Our Family at Al Bacio this Christmas!

Clifton (Bristol) is at its most beautiful and best at Christmas, and there is nowhere better to enjoy its warmth and cheer than with our friendly family at Al Bacio. The festive atmosphere and mouth-watering cuisine from our Christmas menu make the perfect setting for a family reunion, romantic meal or Christmas party for friends or work colleagues.

Whether you’re looking for a meat or vegetarian option, our chefs have dreamt up an enticing festive menu, featuring seasonal treats such as pumpkin soup, homemade duck and orange pâté and turkey with chestnut stuffing and Christmas pudding. The menu is designed to suit every taste though, so it comprises a host of other palate pleasing dishes made from the finest and freshest of ingredients. So, why not hang up the oven gloves and dishcloth and leave all the hard work to us? We’d love to invite you to Al Bacio to enjoy a sumptuous, sophisticated, stress-free, Italian meal this Christmas season and we are open on Christmas Day.

You can find the full Christmas Menu on our website.

We hope to welcome you to our Al Bacio family this Christmas to share some great food, great company and an unforgettable Italian dining experience! Make sure to book early to avoid disappointment. It’s easy to book a table with a £10 deposit. Call us on 0117 973 9734.

Al Bacio Summer Balloon Fiesta

Sharing Life’s Best Moments this Summer with Al Bacio and the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Dining al fresco at Al Bacio this summer brings the ultimate authentic Italian dining experience, best shared with loved ones. Pull up seats on our terrace, relax and look forward to enjoying some of our Italian fare. Close your eyes and you’ll hear the sound of our manager Pino and his friendly staff speaking in Italian. You’ll be able to smell the mouth-watering dishes being prepared by our Italian chefs, crafted from the most authentic Italian ingredients. Open your eyes and you are not in Italy, but the weather is still amazing and, with a fantastic menu to choose from and some great, summer activities taking place in Bristol…….it’s time to make some memories “Italian style” with loved ones.

How about the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, which attracts over 130 hot air balloons from across the globe, which is taking place between 9th and 12th August? The fiesta includes, as well as all those hot air balloons filling the skies, a large number of great trade stands, fairground rides, the breathtaking night glow and the fantastic firework finale. All this is happening less than three miles away from Al Bacio.

Al Bacio are holding a special Balloon Fiesta promotion throughout the whole of August (1st to the 31st) offering 3 courses for only £14.95 (per person). The promotion will run all day Sunday to Friday but not on Saturday. We would love to invite you to come and celebrate some of your best moments with us this summer.

Bringing Italy to Bristol this Summer

What springs to your mind, when you think of an Italian summer? Sunny beaches? Mediterranean waters? Great seafood?

While we can’t transport the Mediterranean waters over to Bristol, or make a promise on the sunny weather, we can bring you a truly authentic Italian dining experience, complete with our fresh seafood menu options.

At Al Bacio, we always source the very best and most authentic Italian ingredients. Because of our commitment to quality, we stock fresh seafood every day. Our chefs know how to turn that produce into a mouth-watering dish, preparing some fantastic seafood menu options for you to enjoy this summer.

Are you in the mood of Lobster soup? Or perhaps some fresh Ostriche (oysters), or Cozze bianche (mussels) as your starter? Or how about Linguine lobster or Sea bass alla griglia as your main?

Whatever your taste, we’ll always leave you satisfied by delivering quality ingredients, cooked to perfection.Want proof? Watch this video of a very lively lobster uploaded by Owner Pino Guarini. and another showing our wide selection of Seafood on Our Facebook Page


And it’s not just us saying it. Our customers agree.


Stella L. enjoyed a meal with her partner, leaving us an amazing 5-star review on TripAdvisor. “I had ordered the monkfish pasta and my partner the seafood pasta. The sauce was beautifully seasoned and had just the right about of chilli without overpowering the fish, while the pasta was cooked al-dente! Perfect! My partner loved his seafood, which weren’t overcooked! Absolutely lovely! We would have loved a dessert, but we were too full! Next time!”


And Dominic has named us his favourite restaurant in Bristol, sharing his experience in another 5-star review. “Been here 4 times now! Restaurant boasts a fantastic quality of food with a great menu and excellent daily specials. The food is authentic Italian style and a must for any lovers of seafood. The staff and manager Pino are excellent and always on hand to fulfil your needs. Would recommend – very reasonable prices for the quality of the experience!”


So whether you’re celebrating a birthday with friends and family, an anniversary or a date night with your partner, or hosting a business meeting, we’ll always deliver great company and the best food, sourced from the freshest ingredients. In other words.- we’ll make your visit truly unforgettable. Celebrate with us for a truly Italian dining experience.

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Celebrating Life’s Best Moments

We can make the best, most authentic Italian cuisine in all of Bristol, but it is our customers who make our restaurant feel truly vibrant. And with Easter break just around the corner, we want to give something back to our valued customers and invite kids to eat for free.

Family traditions and quality time together are what Italians value the most. At Al Bacio, we believe that life’s special moments deserve to be celebrated with great food, great company and a great atmosphere to match the celebration.

So this Easter, we want to make sure that you and your family have the best time by offering authentic Italian cuisine with a free meal for all kids. Make your Easter Sunday celebration truly unforgettable and reserve your table now!

“When we arrived we felt so welcome and all the staff treated us in such a friendly manner, almost like we were part of their family.”

Andy J on TripAdvisor

And this is only one of our great offers.

For those of you who want to bring romance back on the table, we have a special Date Night offer. With the right selection of antipasti, secondi, contorni e dolci, matched with a wonderful and relaxing atmosphere, your romantic evening will be truly unforgettable.

“Al Bacio is great for a date night, catch up with friends or for birthdays…The staff are friendly, and the owner Pino is a proper gentleman.”

Daniel E on TripAdvisor



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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.

Join Our Family at Al Bacio this Christmas!

This Christmas, we invite you to come down to the beautiful Clifton area to join our friendly family at Al Bacio, the authentic Italian restaurant in Bristol. Experience the perfect atmosphere while enjoying a mouth-watering meal from our brand-new Christmas menu, cooked to perfection by our star chefs.

This year, we have refined our menu to bring even more Italian secrets to light this Christmas. We now have two Christmas menu sets available for you to choose from, as well as a special New Year’s Eve offer.

Al Bacio Christmas Menu – 3 courses for just £24.95, or 2 courses for just £19.95!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect romantic spot to enjoy a festive meal with your partner, treating your entire family to a night out, or hosting a Christmas party for your work colleagues, we’ll ensure that your evening is unforgettable.

There’s plenty of options available, but here’s a selection to get your mouth watering:

  • Antipasti starter – Avocado & Gamberetti Antipasti Cocktail, served with Marie Rose Sauce and Fresh Cherry Tomatoes.
  • Main course – Arrosto di Vitello ai Porcini – Roast Veal and Mushrooms served with a Vegetable mix.
  • Dolci – traditional Christmas Pudding, served with English Sauce or a traditional Italian dessert – our Homemade Italian Tiramisu.

You can find the full Christmas Menu on our website.

Al Bacio Christmas Day Menu – a Starter, a Middle and Main Course, Frutta Secca, Dolci, Coffee & Cantucci all for just £55 per person!

If you want to skip the arduous task of cooking a Christmas lunch this year, come to Al Bacio for a filling and exquisite Christmas Day meal. Whether you’re looking for meat, vegetarian or vegan options, we have a festive Christmas Day Menu available to suit every taste.

Options include:

  • Starter – Bresaola Roulade filled with Ricotta cheese, rocket pesto and nuts.
  • Middle course – Gnocchi di Patate con Crema di Zucca e Salvia – Potato dumplings served with pumpkin cream and sage.
  • Main course – Brasato di Vitello in salsa di Vino Rosso e Zucca – Braised Beef in Red Wine and Pumpkin sauce.
  • Dessert – Semifreddo Croccante e Pistacchio – Crunchy Semifreddo with Pistachio Nuts.

You can find the full Christmas Day Menu on our website.

Greet the New Year in style at Al Bacio!

Our staff will ensure that you end the year in great company, with great food options from our special New Year’s menu and authentic Italian music to keep the party going. We’re open from 12pm onwards on New Year’s Eve – no closing time, so you decide when you want to call it night. Our special New Year’s Eve menu starts from 8pm, and you can find out the full details by calling us on 0117 973 9734.


We hope to welcome you to our Al Bacio family this Christmas or New Year’s! It’s a busy season, so make sure you get in there early and book your table today.

Three New Chefs Join the Al Bacio Family

Life’s best moments deserve to be celebrated. At Al Bacio, we believe that the perfect celebration requires great food, great company and authentic Italian cuisine. To make your next celebration unforgettable, three star chefs have joined our family here at Al Bacio.

Like the rest of our team, all our chefs hail from Italian shores, and take great pleasure in sharing their knowledge of authentic Italian cuisine with our guests. Coming from different parts of Italy, they’re able to bring their knowledge of real Italian food to the table, infusing every dish with rich and succulent flavours.

– Leopoldo Amoruso comes from Caserta City in the Campania region of Italy, home of the gorgeous Sorrento Peninsula and the world-famous Neapolitan pizza.

– Lorenzo Capasso also comes from Caserta City in the Campania region of Italy.

– Our new Pizza Chef Vito Sino comes from Palermo City in the sunny region of Sicily, known as one of the world’s best destinations for street food.

Speaking on behalf of all of new chefs, Lorenzo describes what he loves best about working at Al Bacio. “Our biggest pleasure lies in seeing our diners fully enjoying our dishes.”

Lorenzo, Leopoldo and Vito can’t wait to make your celebration feel extra special. They’ll prepare dishes with the very best authentic Italian ingredients, bringing passion, flavour and exuberance to your time here at our restaurant in Clifton, Bristol.

So whether it’s a birthday party, an engagement or an important business lunch, we can’t wait to welcome you into the Al Bacio family.

Book your table with us today!

Get Down to Business the Al Bacio Way

Life’s best moments are not limited to family occasions, like anniversaries or birthdays. Closing an important business deal or forging that new key working relationship can be just as meaningful. Such occasions call for a sophisticated lunch and a setting to match that. In other words – they call for Al Bacio.

What better way to impress your new business partner or to make them feel appreciated than treating them to an unforgettable authentic Italian dining experience in the heart of one of Bristol’s most beautiful areas, Clifton?

Whether your business partner enjoys seafood, pasta or meat, we have something to suit every taste. We’ll help you dazzle them with some delicious antipasti starters. We’ll impress them further with our vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free mains options that our top chefs will cook to perfection. Finally, we’ll help you seal the deal with an elegant dessert, finished with a cup of aromatic Italian coffee or a glass of champagne to celebrate!

Our award-winning chef’s secret lies in the capacity to transform traditional Italian ingredients and recipes into fascinating new dishes, and presenting them in a way that delights both the eye and the pallet.

And it’s not just us saying it – our customers agree, too! Lisa came to Bristol on a business trip, staying over for one night only. After seeing Al Bacio’s excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and our Certificate of Excellence, she decided to give it a go. This is what she thought of the experience.

“Great food, good friendly service. Had the toasted bread with tomatoes, garlic and basil to start very fresh and tasty. Had the big tube pasta with monkfish, garlic and chilli for my main dish, absolutely lovely. The restaurant was busy for a Monday night, good atmosphere. Would definitely recommend this place.”

If you’d like to have an unforgettable dining experience, or experience a memorable business lunch, 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!