Pinocchios Restaurant

This was the official website for Pinocchios Restaurant in Norwich.
The content below is from the site's 2012 archived pages.

In 2015, two brothers from Italy Sardinia, Gonario and Andrea V., took over the Pinocchios Restaurant from the former owners. They now 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 antipasti platters and desserts. The restaurant under the new owners receives very positive reviews from customers.
The current website for Pinocchios is found at

Pinocchios Restaurant
11 St Benedicts St
Norwich NR2 4PE


Pinocchios Restaurant

Pinocchio’s is a stylish Mediterranean brasserie and a Norwich institution.

We serve a wide range of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine for every occasion including Stone Baked Pizzas, Authentic Pastas, Steaks & Grills, Classic Meat & Fish Dishes, Italian Speciality Dishes and a fantastic range of Antipasti Dishes.

SUMMERFEST begins on 13th August-12 September (Not available Sat pm)

Enjoy a two course Lunch or Dinner with 2 courses and a 125ml glass of wine  for £10.00

Christmas Menu 2012 Now Available

Do Not Forgot Live Music on Monday Evenings from 7.30pm.

Mediterranean’s believe that eating should be healthy and fun; we at Pinocchio’s strongly agree that sharing a meal with friends and family should be an enjoyable experience.

We also cater for Gluten Free Diets with our homemade Gluten free pizza dough and pasta



Pinocchio’s Menu

Our menu covers a fine range of pasta, pizza’s and interesting Mediterranean A la Carte dishes, as well as our weekly specials. We offer an extensive choice for vegetarians and are able to cater for any dietary requirements.

“A lovely Italian Restaurant with friendly staff, we were a large party and the service was prompt and the food was delicious. We would definitely recommend.”


Top Table 2009

News, Events & Offers

Pronto Lunch Offer

Pronto Lunch Set Menu: 1 course £6.95 2 course £8.95 3 course £10.95
The Pronto lunch offer is available midweek between 12pm - 2pm, 12pm - 3pm on Saturday

Giro de Italia Wine Evenings

View Pinocchio’s Wine Evenings for 2012 and begin to discover authentic Italy on the  Pinocchio’s Giro D Italia
Next Wine tasting 4th September… Book Now 01603 613318






“Very Good welcome, Helpful waiter, Amazing Puddings!!! loved it” May 2012


“Main Course Lamb was Brilliant, Service was Very Pleasant and Excellent Music. Wine was lovely. Will come back soon.” May 2012


“I loved your Marinated Peppers, Great Value for money.” May 2012


“Great staff, we’ll be back soon.” May 2012


“Extensive menu with great food, nice atmosphere and service.” May 2012

Top Table 2009

“A lovely Italian Restaurant with friendly staff, we were a large party and the service was prompt and the food was delicious. We would definitely recommend.”




2008 - 2012 Testimonials

***** Madges…
Bristol, United Kingdom
Pinocchio's Restaurant does really, really good food. The place is independent, and offers things like Ribeye steak, excellent mash potato, and great puddings and starters.
The quality and service were both very high, and the prices were ok for the quality.


**** Angela W.
Bel Air, Maryland
I was visiting my granny during my college winter break. For Norwich, this is a very nice dining establishment. I've been here twice with my grandparents and have never been disappointment.
The pasta was always fresh and well-prepared, perfectly al dente.  The flavors are great and atmosphere is casual. My type of restaurant. The staff was really thoughtful and patient which I appreciate. We took a long time before ordering because I was relating a story to my grandparents about the great professional NYC rug cleaning company who were able to save one of my parents' antique rugs (my grandparents had gifted them when my parents were married) from a terrible stain caused from an overturned bottle of wine. My grandmother was amazed that there was no lasting consequences. I was showing them the pictures of the rug before and after the cleaning when I heard our waitress clearing her throat. I looked up and she smiled asking if we were ready to order. Sorry about the delay, and thank you for being understanding.
BTW: the wine list is decent and we all enjoyed the desserts
Can't wait till the summer when I will be back in Norwich. It seems that coming to the Pinocchios Restaurant is becoming a tradition during my visits to England.

2021 Update: 2012 seems like a hundred years ago after surviving this past year, 2020 in Bel Air, Maryland. It's been such a fraught year with my mother in an assisted living faciklity in the next town of Forest Hilles. To protect the resisdents, the facility has to enforce stricted safety rules because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Fortunately, Hart Heritage Estates, where my mother was living is now Covid free. All the resisdents and staff have had their vaccinations. The caregivers at Hart Heritage Estates have been amazing. All the staff have worked hard to make the residents safe and well cared for. I am now able to visit. The last time I was there. I brought a photo album of pictures from my time in England. My mother remembered Pinocchio's Restaurant since when she would visit her parents (my English grandparents) they also would go there to eat. I was rather surprised because many days her Alzheimer’s totally messes with her memories.


***** Kevin J.
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
Blimey! How many times have I walked past this place? A drunken patron caught me looking at the menu and advised me that it's the best f)(;ing food around ere. So, attention piqued, I came in. An old boy playing guitar, happy faces, friendly staff and (unusual in Norwich) heating boded well. Then the food. Blimey again. He was right the best f()£ing food I've had in a long time. Visit this place. It's superb.


**** Hearha…
Norwich, United Kingdom
Good food. Friendly service. I went on a tuesday night with my family and it was quite busy. The only negative thing was the delay in bringing our food.


***** Rector…
Norwich, United Kingdom
5.0 star rating 10/3/2010
Reliable food, friendly service, and open early enough in the evening to be convenient for pre-theatre eating. A regular Norwich favourite.



**** Soaja…
Leek, United Kingdom
Went to Pinocchios with a group of 5 friends and had a fun evening. The food was very good quality and the service was reasonable, but there were some delays in bringing food. The strangest thing was that they ran out of both olives and ciabatta bread the evening we went, as well as not being able to offer a bottle of the house red! Bill was quite reasonable (about £25 per head) but would recommend asking for a table upstairs when booking, as we were in a direct line to the door and it was freezing every time someone went out.