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Benoli Italian restaurant in Norwich is situated in the city centre, tucked away at the bottom of Timber Hill. We have been open since 2019, and have become well known for our homemade fresh pasta and Italian inspired dishes. We are open 7 days a week, so whenever you fancy a night at Benoli, we’re ready for you! We pride ourselves on using fresh, seasonal produce. Because of this our menus change frequently – there’s always something new to try!

We focus on great service and our friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand to explain the menu and recommend dishes for you. Combined with a lovely, modern décor and great atmosphere, we offer an experience that motivates customers to return again and again.

We hope to provide a real culinary experience at Benoli, focusing on bold, delicious flavours. It is our intention to give you authentic Italian recipes with a modern twist that will delight the senses.  Follow our social media channels (links below) to see what recipes we’re currently working on! 

Why Benoli is probably the best Italian restaurant in Norwich 

Chef/owner Oliver Boon and his talented kitchen team bring all their experience together to bring simple, but creative Italian inspired cuisine to Norwich. They have worked in, and headed up, some of the country’s top restaurants and have been heavily influenced by Italian cuisine whilst travelling.

Oliver has loved Italian food since childhood from his travels around Italy and has been cooking since the age of 16. He started work at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze, before moving to Bryn Williams’ Odettes in London. After reaching the final of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2012, he was asked to work for Michel Roux Jr and went on to be appointed Head Chef of Roux at the Landau in Regent Street, London.

Despite cooking a great deal of French food during his career, it was always Oliver’s dream to return to Italian cuisine and open his own restaurant. In 2019 Benoli was born.

Our pasta is freshly made everyday by hand, rather than by machine. This means that we can adjust the dough accordingly. Some days the eggs are larger or smaller, and other days the weather is more humid or dry, which affects the flour. Hand mixing guarantees that we achieve the perfect texture every time. Our dedicated pasta chefs also experiment with different types of flour, seasonings and pasta fillings. 

It’s no wonder we are included in The Good Food Guide and the Michelin Guide.

A wide choice of Italian-inspired dishes

Fancy a three course meal, or a light lunch, or maybe a digestive and dessert at the bar? At Benoli we cater for all occasions.

Italian cuisine is surprisingly diverse, and each of the twenty Italian regions have their own distinctive flavours, ingredients and recipes. Over the years we have curated some guest favourite dishes, which have stayed on our menus, for example our carbonara and our famous parmesan croquettes. 

Many dishes have only two to four ingredients, with the emphasis being on quality of ingredients rather than complexity or elaborate preparation. Our chefs and kitchen team are consistently researching new Italian recipes that not only preserve traditional values, but also deliver something new.

If you’d like to see what we’re currently working on, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

Some of our ingredients come from Italy to achieve the most authentic flavours. We use Carnevale to import our Italian goods, which dates back to 1966 when two brothers, Carmine and Giovanni Carnevale, from the village of Capracotta in Molise, established the company and began manufacturing and selling mozzarella and ricotta for the first time in central London. We love their story, and their products!

We also source our ingredients locally and are passionate about supporting other local businesses.

Please visit our about us page to find out more.

We love to make customers happy

“Firstly, I really enjoy running Benoli and we’re very excited to be cooking the food I believe people love to eat. I wanted to create a new Italian restaurant that serves the kind of food that I was brought up on as a child whilst travelling around Sicily and Italy,” says Oliver.

“Secondly, judging by the fantastic reviews we’ve had from customers (see below), they adore our food. Many say the restaurant is the best Italian they have been to outside of Italy. We love to make them happy!

It’s great to be part of, and contributing to, such a creative city as Norwich that has such an exciting food and art scene.

What’s better in the world than being surrounded by good people eating fresh pasta, amazing cheese, great wine and strong coffee? That’s what Benoli is about.”

Click here to make a reservation or call us on 01603 633056.

Some highlights …

  • Open 7 days a week
  • Check out our menu which changes regularly, featuring seasonal produce
  • 3 floors of dining space
  • Relax in our vibrant Italian style trattoria bar with eating counter, serving Italian inspired cocktails, beers and wines.
  • Looking for a unique gift? Why not buy a gift voucher for friends, family and colleagues. 
  • For an intimate dining experience, our private dining room is suitable for exclusive parties of up to 8 people.
  • Love to cook Italian food? Check out some of our favourite recipes and let us know how you get on!
* Please note that we have tables on our ground floor which are accessible but unfortunately due to the age of the building our ground floor toilets are up two steep steps.