Brighton Pizza guide, Franco Manca

A guide to Brighton’s best pizza

Nobody can resist the Italian charms of a perfect pizza. Weather it’s a night in or a night out it really is the most satisfying food, guaranteed to make everyone smile.

BN1 has put together a list of the top ten (in no particular order!) pizza joints in town.

Fatto A Mano, London Road.

Fatto A Mano now has three locations, Two in Brighton on London Road and Gloucester Road as well as one in Hove on Church Road. Take in the sights of pizza perfection happening right in front of you as pizza is cooked in a beautiful mosaic oven, making the whole event feel truly authentic. Fatto’s prides itself on how fresh the food is and how light and fluffy the pizzas are. The restaurant also boasts a five star food hygiene rating. One to visit for pizza lovers and hygiene fanatics alike.

Dodo Pizza, York Place.

Dodo Pizza offers sweetness and savory in delightful tasting bursts with its pizza. Vegan and vegetarian options are available but the mighty meats pizza with red onion, chicken, peperoni and bacon is a winner! Also on offer is ‘The Dodster’; tomatoes, mozzarella and garlic wrapped in a crispy parcel, chose either quorn chicken style pieces or chicken and you have the perfect lunch to go. Dodos also sell pizza by the slice which is ideal for a quick pizza fix. Deals and vouchers can be found on the website. Dodos has a food hygiene rating of four.

Purezza, St James’s Street.

Purezza is the UKs first plant based pizza restaurant. From pizzas to puddings this place is a vegan dream which claims to be dedicated to inclusive eating. Bases are made from hemp flour and sourdough with gluten free options available. Children under 10 can also get a free mini pizza per adult pizza ordered. Puerzza also have an ‘hour of power’, weekdays between 4pm and 5pm, any order from the main menu comes with free garlic bread, a free glass of beer, a free glass of wine or free meal upgrades. They also offer a generous 10% off to NHS and Amex staff and students. Purezza has a four star food hygiene rating as well as a second location in Camden.


Pizzaface, St Georges Road.

Pizzaface has three locations, St Georges Road in Brighton, Montague Street in Worthing and Coleridge Street in Hove. While vegan and vegetarian options are available, this place will certainly satisfy meat lovers with its wide variety of unique meats including wild boar and lamb prosciutto. Boasting a four star hygiene rating this place is a palace of pizza. Pizzaface are supporting the Allsorts Youth Project, which aims to help LGBTU people under 26, by donating £1 to the project for every pizza from the specials board sold this month. Pizza and a good cause, what’s not to love?


La Capannina, Madeira Place.

Rustic décor and classic dishes, La Capannina feels like home. More than pizza, this place offers up the Italian dream including vegan options. Rated 4.5 on Tripadvisor and a food hygiene rating of five, La Capannina should not disappoint with its no fuss, no frills, just good food vibes.

Pizza 500, Preston Road.

At Pizza 500, authenticity is their top priority. Keeping things traditional and Italian, enjoy homemade pizza, pasta and ‘gelato’ in the five star hygiene rated eatery. Customers can concoct their own unique pizza here but be warned, if the chef does not approve, the order could be refused so as to preserve the pizza. Customers can eat in or order from Uber eats. The Arancino from the starter menu is one to order, a delicious ball of fried rice, Bolognese sauce and peas.

Franco Manca, Regent Street.

Franco Manca offers sourdough thin and crispy pizzas at their best. Though it is part of a chain, it is certainly worth a visit for a traditional taste in a crisp and modern environment. The Brighton branch also has a five star food hygiene rating. There is a wide range of pizzas to choose from with gluten free bases and vegan cheese options also available. Happy hour also runs from 4pm to 6pm Mon to Fir, pizza and prossecco, the perfect combo for a decent price!

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VIPizza, Old Steine.

Originating in Naples in 1845, VIP is a family run business that boasts homegrown ingredients from their own farm, a five star food hygiene rating and fresh homemade sourdough. Setting them aside from other eateries is their Panuozzo; a wood fired pizza sandwich. VIP has a serious amount of choice with its pizza and its location makes for the ideal leisurely stroll along the seafront or pier for a perfect end to any pizza feast.

Nuposto, West Street.

Nuposto recently won the Brighton Restaurant Award 2019 for the most family friendly venue and has a five star food hygiene rating. Serving up cocktails alongside its pizza, Nuposto offers the chance to dine with kids while not compromising sophistication. Another restaurant near the seafront, Nuposto is the perfect pit stop for any family day out.

PizzaMe, The Kiosk Elm Grove.

PizzaMe was set up by three Italian friends hoping to show Brighton how pizza should be done. Offering a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian and standard options, they seem to have achieved their goal. PizzaMe is the only place on this guide with the option to opt for a ‘gigante’ 18-inch pizza, that alone makes it worth a visit. Pizza is sold by the slice and as a whole with a five star food hygiene rating.

Donatello, Brighton Place.

Donatello’s restaurant is perfect for a romantic Italian inspired evening. Offering a wide range of pizza and pasta it is no wonder this place is a firm favorite in the laines. Birra Moretti is on offer to wash down pizzas the Italian way. Originally opening in 1987 as Pinocchio and reopening as Donatello in 1991, the five star hygiene rated restaurant has gone from strength to strength. Donatello’s is family run and family friendly.

All images provided by Franco Manca and Pizzaface.

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