Sardinian born Pietro Addis opened Pinocchio in 1987 and it was a success from the beginning. Proving its policy of offering affordable meals using top quality ingredients and cooking everything in-house was right, so much so, this continues unchanged today.
He launched the “new concept” of 2-course and 3-course set menus in Brighton, which most restaurants now offer today and battled the council to allow outside eating and drinking, which has proven to be a major asset to the restaurants and the city as a whole, during the warmer days and months.
Donatello opened in 1991 and has grown from the original 100-seater restaurant to over 300 by acquiring several buildings around it. It is a 24 hour operation with cleaners and chefs working throughout the night to be ready for the next day!
Now his three sons run the business, employing around 100 staff, and having worked in the restaurants since teenagers continue the family-run tradition. They strongly believe that supporting the community is an integral part of the business and have sponsored Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. and the local Arts and Charities for many years. Over the years they have served many celebrities and Brightonians alike.
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Donatello are delighted to announce our reopening on the 4th July!
We are ready to take bookings and welcome you back to our restaurant!
Please make a booking for your table from the 4th July by calling our reservations team on 01273 775477.
We will be opening every day from the 4th from noon until 10.30pm and will have limited tables both inside and outside, plus a smaller menu to accommodate our kitchen staff safely. We are looking forward to seeing you all again.
For now, we are still operating as a TAKEAWAY from Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon until 9.30pm so just phone us with your order on 01273 775477 and park outside to collect. Or simply pop down to us and say "hi", as our takeaway menu is also displayed on the front wall of the restaurant.
For home delivery, you can order through @deliveroo.
Please rest assured that we are doing our utmost to keep our customers and staff safe and well.