Treat yourself to a special lunch at just £10 for 2 courses

What do you picture when you think of your perfect lunch? A wonderful setting, a great atmosphere, delicious food. At Al Bacio, we believe that you need just three ingredients – great food, great company and an unforgettable Italian dining experience!

Now you can enjoy 2 mouth-watering courses for just £10 at Al Bacio, made with love and dedication by by our team, all of whom hail from Italian shores.

We’re dedicated to creating special memories for you. Whether it’s your graduation, birthday, engagement or another special occasion coming up, we know that summer is the perfect time to celebrate it. Your special moments deserve an atmosphere that is nothing short of spectacular. So if you want to create unforgettable memories, Come to Al Bacio this summer and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine for just £10 for 2 courses!

Sourcing the very best ingredients that only true Italians would use, we bring passion, flavour and exuberance to Clifton, Bristol. We’ll deliver a truly Italian dining experience. Once you’ve experienced us, you’ll be back as friends of the family, as many of our customers have already found!

But don’t take our word for it – hear it from those who have tried our £10 lunch deal already. Some of them loved their dining experience so much that they came back… 6 times!

I only discovered Al Bacio this week … and have already visited 6 times. The food is excellent, cooked and presented beautifully. The £10 lunch is amazing value. The Calamari (proper squid, beautifully cooked) is the best I have ever had.” – cns259

Fantastic Italian restaurant in Clifton. Excellent food and service. Great offer at lunchtime 2 great courses for £10.00. Service was great in a good surroundings. Would recommend this restaurant for business lunches or a family meal.” – Anthony653

We’d like to thank all our customers for leaving such fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor – they really do make our day! Whether you’re a returning customer or you’re trying Al Bacio for the first time, we hope to see you at our restaurant soon!

Celebrate Graduation at Al Bacio!

Graduation. When friends and family gather together to celebrate your success. Like weddings and anniversaries, graduation is one of life’s most important milestones. And just like other major life events, your graduation deserves a grand celebration. It wouldn’t be complete without a hearty meal in a great setting, surrounded by your loved ones.

At Al Bacio, we know that life’s best moments deserve celebrating, and we’d love to make your day feel even more special. If you’re looking for a great atmosphere to match the excitement of your graduation day, then visit our restaurant in Clifton. We’ll bring you a truly authentic dining experience, inducing your day with passion and flavour from the sunny shores of Italy.

You take care of your graduation gown and we’ll take care of the rest. Our wonderful team will ensure that you have an amazing time, serving you mouth-watering dishes from our menu and helping you capture your special moments on camera. By the time you leave, you’ll feel part of our great Italian family, all of whom hail from Italian shores.

But don’t take our word for it – hear it from our customer Bristolian Pip C on Tripadvisor who chose to have her graduation meal at Al Bacio:

“I have come here twice now and could not recommend it enough! The most recent time I went was with my parents after my graduation and we sat outside in the sun, the atmosphere was lovely and the setting was all that we wanted!

The food here is always absolutely delicious, everything tastes so fresh and I couldn’t fault the menu, there is so much choice. ( I recommend the duck as a main!)

The man who I believe to be the owner is absolutely hilarious! He goes to every table and has a chat with them, making everyone feel so welcome. He was making jokes and had us all laughing so much, the service is second to none.

Thank you al Bacio for making my special day even more special, if you want a perfect Italian meal in Bristol, look no further!”

Have you been to Al Bacio before? How was your dining experience with us? Is there anything we could improve? We always want to hear from our diners – your feedback is invaluable in improving our service at Al Bacio. So if you’ve dined with us before, we’d love to hear from you too on TripAdvisor.

Authentic Italian Cuisine Every Monday

Great food, great company and a wonderful atmosphere – that’s the formula to make any memory unforgettable. At Al Bacio, we believe that life’s best moments deserve celebrating, and we’ll ensure that you experience the best Italian cuisine in the perfect setting for just £14.95 every Monday.

We love bringing a real flavour of Italy to Clifton, Bristol. Our head chef Stefano combines his many years of experience in catering with his passion for simple, yet flavoursome Italian cuisine to bring joy to our customers every day. Using the very best ingredients that only true Italians would use, he’ll whip up a mouth-watering dish that will excite your eyes and taste buds.

And Al Bacio wouldn’t be the same without our passionate team, all of whom hail from Italian shores. They’ll ensure that your needs are attended to throughout the night, for a truly spectacular dining experience.

But don’t take our word for it – here’s what our loyal customers say about Al Bacio on Tripadvisor.

“We came here for our son’s 25th birthday and we had pre-ordered a lobster and Dover sole – what a birthday treat! Great friendly service, food cooked to perfection, the grill Dover sole was to die for and the lobster was just divine. All washed down with fresh oyster to start. This restaurant has got to be the best Italian in town…” – hungrytime from Bracknell

“As we left the restaurant, a member of staff or maybe the owner shook our hands as we left, asked if we had enjoyed our meal and thanked us for visiting. This speaks a thousand words.” – Cath C from Manchester

“Al Bacio is unfailingly fabulous. Not only is the food across the menu second to none, the ambiance, service and whole happy experience is impeccable in a way that is natural and unfussy. Al Bacio is unique. It’s an experience that lifts the spirits.” – Screenplay059 from Bristol

Life is about making memories – let us share them together at Al Bacio. To make a reservation and enjoy 3 authentic Italian courses for just £14.95 every Monday, call us on 0117 973 9734 or email info@albaciobristol.co.uk

We look forward to making your evening unforgettable!

Italian music nights on Tuesdays at Al Bacio

Are you looking for a place in Bristol to celebrate a special occasion and create unforgettable memories? Then Al Bacio, Ristorante Italiano in Clifton, is the perfect place for you. Sourcing the very best ingredients that only true Italians would use, we bring passion, flavour and exuberance to your evening. And we’re now hosting authentic Italian music nights every Tuesday, so you can experience a true flavour of Italy in a fun and relaxed atmosphere for only £14.95 for 3 courses!

A true flavour of Italy in Clifton

Al Bacio is the love child of Giuseppe Guarini, who is better known as Pino. Born in Taranto, in the South region of Italy to a traditional Italian Family, Pino used his experience, business skills and passion for food to open Al Bacio in 2013. Every day since then, he brings a unique mix of food, fun and fellowship with the very best in Italian Cuisine to all his customers. Once you’ve experienced Al Bacio, you’ll be back as friends of Pino’s family!

Traditional Italian Cuisine with a contemporary twist

Our head chef Stefano Galbiati will ensure that you have the very best dining experience. Using his capacity to transform often overlooked, or even forgotten, traditional Italian ingredients and recipes with fascinating and modern techniques, he’ll present them with elegance and imagination to delight both the eye and the pallet. Stefano’s cuisine maintains authenticity of flavour and – above all – simplicity, but combined with a contemporary touch.

The perfect, authentic atmosphere

Great food needs great atmosphere, so it can be enjoyed and truly savoured. To compliment Stefano’s cooking, we’re introducing authentic Italian music nights every Tuesday at Al Bacio. Come and join us next Tuesday to see Michele Tota live at Al Bacio and enjoy an unforgettable evening, with the best Italian fine dining experience at only £14.95 for 3 courses!

So whether it be graduation, birthday, engagement or even the news of a new arrival – come and celebrate with us. Our friendly and dedicated staff, all of whom hail from Italian shores, will ensure that you have a truly Italian dining experience.

Book now on 0117 973 9734 or email info@albaciobristol.co.uk

 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

Desert: 

  • 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 http://www.ihbristol.com/languages/italian1 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: yaelle@ihbristol.com

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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Italian Style

Known as La Festa Degli Innamorati, Valentine’s Day in Italy is a true celebration between loved ones and sweethearts, and when it comes to romance, Italians don’t do anything by halves. With its romantic towns and backdrops for unforgettable cinematic love scenes, exquisite art and food, Italy can really put on a spectacular show for your special occasion. At Al Bacio, we want to make this 14th February one to remember. After all, if there’s a reason to celebrate, we want to share it with you.

For those of you who look forward to getting dressed up and going out for the most romantic meal of the year, look no further than Al Bacio where you won’t be disappointed. Welcomed with a delicious red fruits cocktail to set the romantic mood, you’ll have your choice from many aphrodisiac foods including smoked salmon stuffed with crab meat, prawns, and chives tartare, fresh lobster, risotto with champagne and smoked Scamorza cheese, and succulent steak. Finished off with a special mandarin and almond meringue gratin for dessert, or perhaps something a little more chocolatey, you’re sure to give your loved one a spectacular Italian treat.

But as every year rolls around, you can wind up doing the same old thing for every Valentine’s Day. So this year, why not show your loved one just how much you care by doing something a little different? If you’ve booked a jam packed day with little room for a three course meal, come on by our restaurant early for a quieter, romantic setting where you can enjoy a delectable Italian dish before heading off to your surprise for the evening. Or perhaps after that late theatre show you’ve planned, swing by Al Bacio for a delicious dessert and glass of wine. And to make your day even more special, if you book a table from 5.00pm to 5.30pm and 10.00pm to 10.30pm we will treat you with a free bottle of wine.

So, this Valentine’s Day, do something that your loved one will remember in the years to come, and experience authentic Italian food with a celebratory glass of wine at Al Bacio. We want to help you make memories!

Experience Sunday lunch Italian style

To Italians, food is everything. And on Sunday in particular, food is the centrepiece of the day. As the week slows down, friends and families gather together for a leisurely Sunday lunch to enjoy delicious food and great company, much like how we at Al Bacio like to dine. We pride ourselves on creating that extraordinary moment with authentic Italian food and a welcoming atmosphere where you can celebrate life’s best moments.

Such a huge cultural tradition in Italy deserves recognition. Sunday lunch, or as Italians call it pranzo della domenica, is a chance to gather all relatives together under one roof and reflect on the week together around a great feast. It’s common to arrive for lunch at 12.30, allowing the meal to last for two to three hours, or even more. So, if you are planning on visiting a restaurant in Italy around Sunday lunch, reserve ahead of time and prepare for your afternoon to be swallowed up by a true Italian treat. However, on Sunday, the majority of Italians will escape the city and scatter to their mother’s or grandmother’s house, leaving piazzas, bars, and church doors closed for the day.

The first course will be antipasti, often comprising of bruschetta, cheeses and salami, and sometimes seafood. At Al Bacio, delight your taste buds with our very own Italian antipasto with salami, parma ham & Italian cheese served with mixed vegetables in wine vinegar. Pasta is a common theme served for the second course, so come and enjoy our fresh homemade pasta with bacon, egg yolk, asparagus, parmesan cheese & truffle (carbonara tartufata). And for the third, at home you may be served chicken, rabbit or duck, whereas at a restaurant, you’ll be served a selection of roasted meats. Vegetables or salad is usually served as the next course. Finally, after everyone’s devoured seconds, there will be dole (dessert) and coffee to finish.

This may sound a lot like the Christmas dinner you prepare once every year, but for Italians, this is a weekly event. To kick back this Sunday, join us at Al Bacio for an exquisite Italian experience of Sunday lunch.

A slice of Italian pizza history

If Italian cuisine is known for one such thing, it’s pizza or pasta. And until you’ve really tried the genuine article, the pizza most people know is far from what Italy intended it to be. At Al Bacio, you can taste the true delicacy of Italy’s most famous dish with our authentic Italian ingredients and dedicated team, all of whom hail from Italian shores.

It all started in the heat of the Mediterranean, where pizza was simply flatbread used as an edible plate when eating dishes, such as stews or broths. Very much like what focaccia is to us today. By the Middle Ages, olive oil and herbs were added, not to mention the very favourite topping, mozzarella cheese. At Al Bacio, we pride ourselves on sourcing the very best ingredients and top our classic Italian pizzas with fior de latte mozzarella and buffalo mozzarella.

It wasn’t until the peasants of Naples around the 18th and early 19th century began to introduce tomatoes to this dish that things really started to kick off. It took some time for the local aristocracy to deign to eat peasant food, but once the taste of ripe tomatoes combined with melted mozzarella and fresh basil entered their world, it was never the same again. The street of Naples was littered with the most delicious dish Italy had ever tasted, and everyone wanted a slice of the action. With the rising popularity, pizza was sold from shops instead of only street vendors, and many more toppings were introduced. According to pizzaprinces.com, the first true pizzeria, the Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, in Naples was established in 1830, and is still equipping Italy with divine masterpieces.

The Margherita Pizza, inspired by Queen Margherita, was to signify the Italian flag, using the red of the tomato, the white of the mozzarella, and green basil. Over the years, various regions have tweaked their pizzas. Bologna added meat, and the Neapolitan Pizza introduced garlic and Neapolitan cheeses.

So, come and join us at Al Bacio and rip into the hot, rustic crust, and experience the tantalisingly rich flavours as they dance on your taste buds. Book a table now and grab your slice!