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70 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2AJ

 

TOP TIP: So many Italian restaurants just focus on pizza and pasta, but the Albatross has a much more varied menu and gives you the chance to try a wide range of classic Italian meat and fish dishes. Try the scampi, for example - but don’t expect it to come in breadcrumbs...

LOVED BECAUSE: HIDDEN GEM - PASSIONATE COOKING - DELICIOUS FLAVOURS - FINE ITALIAN CUISINE

Gapton Hall Road, Great Yarmouth, NR31 0NL

 

TOP TIP:  If you’re feeling hungry, then the All You Can Eat meal deal at Pizza Hut allows you to keep on taking endless slices of pizza and making endless trips to the salad bar all for one fixed price.

I’m sure you all know what to expect from a trip to a branch of Pizza Hut - and I’m pretty sure you’ll get it if you visit the Great Yarmouth branch of this national chain of restaurants. It’s situated slightly out of town - just off a large roundabout near the Gapton Hall Retail Park - and has its own private car park, a clean interior and a family-friendly menu aimed at families with kids. It gets very busy at lunchtimes, when there’s always lots of traffic and shoppers in the area, but serves till late and is a reliable option if you’re driving past.

 

Pizza Hut also has a smaller takeaway in town - at 14b Bridge Road - for those who prefer to eat their pizzas on the sofa at home. Telly on! Feet up! Stuff your face!

 

 

 

 

LOVED BECAUSE: FAMILY-FRIENDLY - CLEAN INTERIOR - ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET - PRIVATE PARKING

Takeaway pizzas can be very hit and miss, but I’ve never once been let down by MFC. The quality of the toppings and bases are unusually high for a takeaway place, which also has a number of tables for those who would like to dine on the premises. This isn’t a venue for a big night out, of course, but if you fancy a freshly baked Hawaiian or American Hot, then you’ll get really good value-for-money here.

 

Delivery is available throughout Great Yarmouth, and as well as the excellent pizzas, you can order fried chicken and chips that can rival KFC for taste, as well as doner kebabs and a range of side dishes. Just give them a call on 01493 852631 to place your order.

 

1 Nelson Road North, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2AS

 

TOP TIP: Take a look at the family-friendly set meal offers advertised in the window. You can get enough pizza and chicken to feed an army for ridiculously low prices - and most of them have a bottle of something fizzy thrown in.

LOVED BECAUSE: GREAT VALUE–FOR-MONEY - EAT IN OR TAKEAWAY - YUMMY PIZZA - FAST DELIVERY

1 Mitchell Drive, Great Yarmouth, NR31 0DW

 

TOP TIP: The folded Calzone pizza is excellent here, as are the meatballs with pasta, but do try to save room for the luscious ice cream sundaes. They’re very fattening but totally worth it!

If you’re heading out to the Gapton Hall Retail Park to shop at places like Next and TK Maxx, then you might spot the Great Yarmouth branch of Frankie & Benny’s along the way. Situated near our enormous Tesco, this is a typical, family-friendly example of the Frankie & Benny’s New York-style Italian diner chain. Of course, you don’t go to these places for their individuality or charm, but for a reliable pizza and pasta dining experience that won’t break the bank. And one that is always likely to keep the kids happy.

 

The restaurant has its own private car park; and offers a value-for-money dining experience right from breakfast through to dinner.

LOVED BECAUSE: FAMILY-FRIENDLY MENU - WARM WELCOME - PRIVATE CAR PARK - VALUE-FOR-MONEY

LONDON BEST KEBAB

 

 Family-run takeaway  

 

As well as great kebabs, this local takeaway does a nice range of pizzas for home delivery. Call 01493 858440.

 

2 Nelson Road North, NR30 2JA

PAPA JOHN’S

 

 Cheap pizza lunches  

 

Town centre chain restaurant offering pizzas for collection or delivery. Very cheap lunchtime offers.

 

16 Market Place, NR30 1LY

 

DOMINO’S PIZZA

 

 Bog-standard stuff  

 

The Great Yarmouth branch of Domino’s Pizza does the same as all the rest of them. A reliable option.

 

149-150 King Street, NR30 2PA

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It’s just a doorway next to a bookies, so you could walk past this place a hundred times and never really notice it. But it’s well worth seeking the Albatross out, as through that doorway is a basement restaurant where you can eat some of the freshest and tastiest Italian food Great Yarmouth has to offer. Now it’s not the cheapest place in town, but you can taste the quality of the ingredients, whether having a pizza dish, a pasta dash or Italian classics like veal saltimbocca, scampi pizzaiola or filetto al pepe. And just like Restaurant Baleal, this is another one of those dining places that feels like stepping out of Great Yarmouth for a while. Because it really does have its own unique ambience and Italian sense of style.

24 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EN

 

TOP TIP: Follow Piccolo Mondo on Facebook where they often post special offers and details of special nights, including Quiz Nights and Pasta & Pizza Eating Contests.

LOVED BECAUSE: TASTY FRESH PIZZA & PASTA - SEAFRONT LOCATION - FAMILY-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE

A relative newcomer to Great Yarmouth seafront, Piccolo Mondo serves an extensive menu of freshly cooked pizza, pasta and grilled meat and fish dishes. The new owners have done the place out really nicely; and have an obvious love of Italian cuisinesin all its many forms. I normally plump for a pasta dash here, despite being a pizza addict, as the sauces tend to be very rich and flavoursome. The place is very family-friendly, too, with kid-sized portions available at value-for-money prices. In a nutshell, this is a lovely little local Italian that’s always worth a visit.

 

 

The Portuguese have brought lots of great things to Yarmouth in recent years and this charming, little restaurant, hidden just off the seafront, serves the best homemade pizzas for miles around. The chef honed his skills during a stint in a London branch of Pizza Express - and his thin, supple bases are lovingly enhanced with carefully selected toppings. The hot and spicy Etina, for example, combines delicious Nduja sausage with Roquito peppers and salty speck, and each option on the pizza menu has the same exciting mix of flavour combinations.

 

They’re big, too - the 15-incher is plenty enough for a couple to share -  and goes well with a litre of the house red wine! Service is friendly and the place has a warm Mediterranean feel. It’s like stepping out of Yarmouth for an hour or two - and boy, am I’m always grateful for that!

41 Lancaster Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2NQ

 

TOP TIP: As well as pizza and pasta, Restaurant Baleal serves a wide selection of Portuguese dishes. The sharing plate, Beef  Picanha, is particularly popular with the local Portuguese who all flock to the place for a true, authentic taste of home.

LOVED BECAUSE: DELICIOUS, FRESHLY COOKED PIZZAS - MEDITERRANEAN VIBE - PORTUGUESE DISHES

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If, like me, you are addicted to pizza and lasagne, then you’re likely to be on the look-out for a good Italian restaurant while on holiday here in Great Yarmouth. And while two of the most popular local Italian restaurants - the much-missed Lazzarella’s and the excitingly named Italian Restaurant on King Street - are no more, there are still a number of places you can visit to eat good Italian cuisine.

 

My personal favourite place for pizzas just happens to be run by a Portuguese family, rather than an Italian one, and I’d heartily recommend you seek out Pizza Baleal for a 15-inch American Picante or maybe their large and very tasty lasagne or one of their other excellent pasta dishes. And of course, there are plenty of chain Italian options in town, such as Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and Frankie & Benny’s; and don’t forget the long-standing Albatross on Regent Road, which is easy to miss but well worth a look.

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