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Pasta Loco

37A Cotham Hill, Bristol, BS6 6JY

Bristol’s Pasta Loco is an ever-popular fresh pasta spot that encapsulates the passionate nature of Italian food. Run by cousins Ben and Dominic, they’ve accumulated years of international hospitality and cooking knowledge between them and came to the homely community of Bristol to open the city’s first fresh pasta spot. It’s essential to book a table in this bustling restaurant, and whilst it’s not one of Bristol’s cheaper options, it is well worth splashing out for a celebratory dinner.

The ever-changing menu is peppered with technical Italian pasta terms that you might not recognise, and a sign on the wall requests that you ask the passionate and well-informed waiters instead of simply Googling it, therefore getting the full experience. Every strand and piece of pasta is prepared fresh in house, each day, so don’t expect the menu to be the same on your every visit. But dishes like Pappardelle with wild boar ragu, stuffed breast and sous vide fillet (ok, you’re allowed to Google with that is) give you the idea of the luxury of these hearty Italian dishes. Enjoy perusing the fresh ingredients of the starter choices and the exciting, seasonal desserts: at the time of writing they’re offering a summer hit in an Aperol Spritz Cheesecake with coconut marshmallow!

Best of the rest:

Pasta Ripiena

33 St Stephens Street, Bristol, BS1 1JX

What? Pasta Loco’s sister restaurant and the UK’s first ravioli restaurant!

Where? Just down the street from Colston Hall.

Why? Expertly crafted fresh pasta, all prepared in fresh parcels. Simplicity is key here, using organic local and Italian ingredients. Try the Saffron and Potato ravioli with crab bisque and river Ex mussels.


225 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8NR

What? Amazing authentic Italian dishes (including pasta, of course) and Italy’s famous bomboloni doughnuts!

Where? On leafy Gloucester road.

Why? This casual restaurant-come-café offers great wine, coffee, homemade Italian desserts, pizzas and delicious pasta dishes, with a hearty family atmosphere. Try their Roast pepper & local ricotta ravioli for a fresh mix of local ingredients and Mediterranean flavours.

San Carlo

44 Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1HQ

What? Small chain restaurant offering luxury Italian dishes and quality wines.

Where? Close to Castle Park, five minutes up from the River.

Why? San Carlo boasts both excellent pasta and delicious seafood choices, so if you fancy trying something that doesn’t feature on all pasta menus then head down here. Lobster Ravioli is a particular favourite, and you can enjoy oysters and delicious wine (or champagne) with your meal - quite the impressive date night!