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Pinocchio's is an traditional Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Norwich.Owned by brothers Gonario and Andrea, who have been the trade for over 20 years and are very passionate about the industry. Comfortable seating and immaculately laid tables, and stripped wooden floors give the room a rustic warmth. They serve a wide range of traditional Italian cuisine for every occasion, including stone-baked pizzas; authentic pastas; steaks on stone; classic meat and fish dishes; as well as tempting antipasti platters and entrees. As always, with an Italian meal, there is nothing finer (or more indulgent!) than finishing with a sumptuous dessert like Tiramisu or Zabaglione, or even a rich glass of dessert
PRICE RANGE
£9 - £31
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
FEATURES
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday

Firstly... this is good honest food. Fresh and healthy - ish (depending on what you order). The decor is a satisfying faux Mediterranean, although quite dark if the sun isn't out. We ordered the mussels to start and although the portion wasn't huge the accompanying...sauce was outstanding. A rich tomato sauce with a very generous helping of heat. Respect to the chef for having the gall to add a decent amount chilli to a dish. This was the stand out part of the meal. The pizza was fine... tasty but a also little tough and hard to cut with a knife, so not as light or fluffy as I had hoped for. The cannelloni was fine, no complaints but also somewhat forgettable... I guess we expect a little more for a £16 pasta dish. Drinks are fairly priced and the staff were pleasant during a busy service. I'd go again but with several other authentic Italian restaurants nearby I'd hope to see Pinocchios really striving for perfection.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is literally no better place in Norwich to eat... forget all other restaurants. First class service and food. Friendly owner and staff make it a perfect visit every time.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Pinocchios last night after a recommendation from a friend. Had a lovely meal. It was the best risotto ever! Lovely atmosphere and fab staff!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like stepping into Italy, Pinocchios what a gem to find! This was our second visit and it certainly won't be our last! Beautiful settling, amazing food and fantastic service. I celebrated my 30th birthday with friends and family, we pre ordered our food but everything...was brought out in good time with enough gap in between courses, drinks flowing with lovely cocktails to enjoy and even got a birthday plate whilst the whole restaurant sang! Even after closing time there was no pushing us out the door, would highly recommend! Look forward to booking a table soon at the finest Italian in Norwich! Grazie ♡More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 March 2024

Booked us in at short notice. Lovely venue and atmosphere. Beautiful authentic Italian food and great staff. Glad we found this gem of a restaurant.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 17 February 2024

As always Pinocchio’s never fails to impress. The food is always amazing, the staff are always friendly. A little piece of Italy in Norwich

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 23 December 2023

This Restaurant is a long time favorite, never been let down by quality or service, just experienced another fantastic night out.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 15 December 2023

I booked this restaurant having wanted to try it for a couple of years and never getting around to it, and then after I booked it I read a couple of recent reviews and thought oops! But, hey ho I thought, I'll give it a...whirl! I am so glad we did, I wonder if the reviews on here went to a different restaurant as I found all the staff very friendly and they couldn't do enough for us. The interior is very different and you certainly don't feel like you are in Norwich! Starters: We had two helpings of mushrooms and one of garlic bread to start - piping hot and beautiful flavours, very nice mushrooms. Mains: Chef's special penne - the beef was tender and everything went together so well and nicely balanced. Spaghetti carbonara for the youngest member of the family, which she enjoyed and wants us to do something like it! Pollo alla crema done very nicely and whilst that youngest person liked their carbonara, I think next time she is having this. We didn't have room for a dessert, but I did enjoy the Ichnusa, a couple of them went down a treat. Once tried you'll be hooked. Anyway, I highly recommend this little gem in Norwich and I want to say a big thank you to all the staff for looking after us that night, we will be back for more and trying something different. I believe it was the owner in there as well who spoke to us as we left, but we were chuffed that we ignored any bad reviews about this place, as either they went somewhere else, or had another reason for putting a dodgy review,More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023 via mobile

Lovely food, so much to choose from! Cocktails were really good. We were served very quickly, even though the restaurant was full the friendly staff worked hard & were extremely attentive. We received excellent service.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023 via mobile

The menu promises so much, I was looking forward to my evening meal. What a disappointment. There is nothing worse than spinach that you can't chew. Starters ok but pricey for the amount we got. While the gnocchi was tasty, there was very little sauce....Maybe the extensive menu prevents fresh produce.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2023

Went for birthday meal with friends. Treated like an inconvenience from start and almost bordering on contempt towards us from proprietor who was unwilling to give us recommendations to his menu and wine when we asked politely for his advice which we found very strange....Wine we chose was nice that was best part of meal. Food arrived looked nice but was over salted. The icing on the cake was when our evening was topped off when the waitress accidently by unremorsefully knocked bottle of beer over one of my friends whilst simultaneously spilling remnants of fish soup down my other friends dress and onto her lap. Bordering on fawlty towers and with no genuine apology, ans to our bemusement still added 12% service charge on bill. We hop stepped it out as soon as we could to seek dessert and coffee elsewhere. Unless you like being treated poorly it is one to avoid, which is sad because setting is cosy but service is terrible and food over saltedMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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G Vilia, Owner at Pinocchios Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2023

Dear customer, we are sorry that you didn’t enjoy your experience last night. As you didn’t book and no table for 6 was available we offered you a table for 4 and one for 2 and you happily accepted.( So no inconvenience from our part)...More

Reviewed 19 September 2023 via mobile

Lovely food but the waitress who served us was incredibly rude never cracked a smile or said please or thank you. We and the table behind us couldn’t believe how rude she was. It put a bit of a damper on a nice evening so...much so that we all ended up discussing it outside. On top of that they had added a service charge of £12 which quiet honestly she did not earn. Tried to speak to the manager about it afterwards but he appeared in denial even when two tables told him they wouldn’t be back. Such a shame but there are many other decent restaurants in Norwich so don’t bother with this one,More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 4 September 2023 via mobile

The decor is lovely and Italian music could finally be heard, sadly overtaken by pizza express style pop music (stick to a good traditional identity and you will be local icons). The service is good and the restaurant is ideal for a romantic evening. I...chose seafood risotto, the quality of ingredients was excellent, however, the unnecessary overloading of chilli ruined this fine dish. I would come back, but I would choose a different traditional dish.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 August 2023

Love this restaurant, food and wine always delicious, staff and services spot on . You can sit inside or out !! Quirky cook your steak on a stone it's fun

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 21 August 2023

Love this place, food, ambience great 👍. Pizzas to die for., Staff lovely, fresh ingredients. What's not to like

Date of visit: July 2023
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Pinocchios Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5