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Piccolo Restaurant

56 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AF


Described as one of Brighton’s best kept secrets by a guest, Piccolo brings a taste of Italian to Brighton. Just a short walk away from Brighton’s famous attractions - the beach, the Pavilion, the theatres, this family run restaurant has been telling its own story since the 1980's expressed magnificently through their cuisine.

Whether guests want hearty or light, Piccolo’s, Brighton caters for one and all whilst maintaining Italian flare with a British signature. Starting with lighter fare with a number of flavoursome risotto’s, chicken salads and creamy spaghetti dishes, the menu extends to what are considered more wholesome, hearty, richer dishes. Guests will lose count of the amount of times home-made is seen on the menu with recipes that have been passed down to the Piccolo brothers from their restaurateur family. These include traditional Italian pizzas with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese, home made lasagne al forno and garlic and white wine infused veal. Taste buds will be positively tingling at the less ubiquitous Italian dishes i.e. gnocchi - moreish potato dumplings soaked in rich, savoury sauces.

All food is prepared to order and the Piccolo brothers do their best to make diners feel comfortable. This welcome makes the restaurant perfect for families, friends and couples; it is not uncommon to hear happy couples, murmur that Piccolo's Brighton has somehow brought a little of the romance of the eternal city to the table.

Long, summer evenings are when Piccolo is at its most radiant, as diners can enjoy their meals on the outside terrace which overlooks the compact streets of Brighton with people watching accompanied by a pert glass of rose quite the things to do.

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What our members say about Piccolo Restaurant

Chris H.


Lively friendly Italian with good hearty fare. Staff very friendly, cheerful atmosphere. I particularly enjoyed my pasta special (the Fabio) - unusual ingredients, but piquant and very tasty.

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