Donatello is a family-run Italian restaurant in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes.
The restaurant has been serving delicious, authentic Italian food to the people of Brighton and her visitors since 1991.
Donatello was founded by Pietro Addis, who had experienced great success after opening Pinocchio on New Road four years earlier in 1987.
When opening Donatello, Pietro stayed true to the principles that had made Pinocchio so successful – authentic Italian food made from the best ingredients, cooked freshly in-house, by our own talented chefs. However, it was Pietro’s special menus that really set Donatello apart from the crowd. It’s difficult to imagine a time when restaurants in Brighton didn’t offer 2-course and 3-course specials, but it was Pietro who launched them at Donatello in the early 90’s. They were, and still are, incredibly popular, offering really good quality food and outstanding value.
Donatello and Pinocchio are now run by Pietro’s three sons and other family members, who continue to operate the business in the same way Pietro did – with the emphasis on delicious food at affordable prices.
Of course, Donatello has changed in other ways since the early days – The Addis family purchased some of the buildings which adjoined Donatello, paving the way for the series of expansions and renovations that have made the restaurant what it is today. From 100 seats in 1991, Donatello now has almost 400 with a further 50 seats available outside when the weather is fine – (incidentally, it was Pietro who lobbied the council to allow al fresco eating and drinking in Brighton – imagine Brighton without that nowadays!)
There are more workers involved, too – the family business now employs around 100 people in Brighton – chefs, cleaners, waiters and waitresses – all the behind-the-scenes staff work incredibly hard to keep Donatello the Brighton favourite it is.
Come along and pay us a visit in Brighton Square and experience our warm welcome, amazing food and great value for yourself. Reservations are not always necessary, but can be made HERE or by calling us directly on (01273) 775477.