We are open

Mon – Thurs 4.30 – 9.30pm

Fri & Sat 4.30 – 10pm

Sun – Closed

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01765 602034 to book

A Passion for Food

Pietro loved cooking from an early age and this led him to have his first experience at age 15, working in a professional kitchen in his hometown of Canosa di Puglia in Southern Italy. Since then, it’s been his passion. But his greatest food memory is of his mother’s Ragu cooking on the stove, the aromas of that rich sauce filled the whole house.

In 2015 Pietro came to Ripon to work at Prima Pizzeria, where he developed his skills and fired his ambition. He started at the bottom and worked his way up very quickly going from Commis to Head Chef in just 3 years. However, in November 2021, an opportunity to fulfil his dream presented itself. After 37 years, the Fantoni family were ready to hand over the reins. Now Pietro and his team are carrying on the tradition of delivering an authentic Italian dining experience in Ripon.

Pietro says “Being a Chef and Restaurateur is the ultimate job for someone who loves food. No two days are the same, trying out new dishes, listening to what your customers say, tweaking recipes and constantly looking to improve. But above all, it’s immensely rewarding and great fun”.

He loves to travel, experiencing new food and all types of restaurants. It’s this along with his Italian heritage which inspires every dish. That passion for food which saw Pietro make the move from Puglia to Yorkshire which is at the heart of what a customer can expect from the kitchen. That’s why he makes a point of meeting all his local suppliers personally to ensure the quality of their produce. From locally reared meat and poultry to his favourite Brymor Ice Cream, Pietro ensures standards are maintained. Even the wine needs the seal of approval before it goes on the list…!

Put simply, Prima Pizzeria serves great food, in a cosy atmosphere, with the buzz of a busy restaurant which makes booking highly recommended – especially at weekends. The house “Blackboard Menu” is updated on a regular basis to accommodate for fresh seafood and seasonal game. We have an Early Bird Menu from 4.30pm until 6.30pm and a Children’s Menu is available. Prima Pizzeria also has an extensive Take Away Menu if you want the Prima Experience at home.

Located, only a two-minute walk from either Ripon Market Place or Ripon Cathedral, Prima Pizzeria, is at 33 Kirkgate which is a characterful cobbled street packed with small shops.

Pietro and the team are looking forward to welcoming you to Prima Pizzeria 


If you would like to make a reservation…

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01765 602034

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Opening Times


We’re open every day except Sunday

Monday – Thursday 4.30pm until 9.30pm

Friday & Saturday 4.30pm until 10pm  


We offer an Early Bird Menu from 4.30pm until 6.30pm Monday – Thursday, and until 6pm Friday – Saturday (Not available on Bank Holiday Weekends)


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What our customers say about us…

Simon Hill
Simon Hill
12. June, 2022.
Great atmosphere, tasty food and friendly staff. Highly recommend
Richard Major
Richard Major
8. May, 2022.
Great food
Jayne Portrey-Young
Jayne Portrey-Young
21. April, 2022.
Gorgeous food, friendly staff. Will definitely be back.
Robert Fearnley
Robert Fearnley
14. April, 2022.
Lovely pizzas, great friendly service. Regular stop off for tea when in Ripon. Great early bird menu.
George Flaherty
George Flaherty
21. March, 2022.
Not been to Prima for ages, still good food and service, well worth a visit!
  • star rating  Looking for somewhere to eat on a bank holiday weekend in Ripon, noticed the reviews about this place were very good so we called in on the off chance of... read more

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    August 28, 2021

    star rating  ‘Tis rare for me to comment on cafés and restaurants for Tripadvisor when I am not actually on a trip but near home. However, for once, I make an exception... read more

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    August 17, 2021

    star rating  I was down in Ripon with my husband, and we went here for our evening meal, as we saw online they did Gluten Free food too. It was absolutely brilliant... read more

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    April 3, 2022
  • star rating  What a delightful cosy authentic Italian restaurant. Fabulous staff, service and food was delicious and very well priced. Although we could have ordered from the Early Bird menu we opted... read more

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    June 12, 2021

    star rating  I was booked in with a group of friends, some of whom I had not seen for a while in person because of covid.

    I ordered from the early... read more

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    August 22, 2021

    star rating  The food, service and atmosphere was Italian at its best. My Lobster Ravioli with a side salad of rocket and tomato was nothing short of fabulous. Thank you for a... read more

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    June 7, 2021
  • star rating  We always visit on Christmas Eve and as usual had a fabulous time. Food was exceptional and all of the staff were excellent - thank you Prima.

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    December 24, 2021

    star rating  A second evening out in Ripon found us at Prima Italian restaurant on Monday.
    A warm welcome and excellent service made us relax and enjoy our visit.
    We had booked... read more

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    June 30, 2021

    star rating  This restaurant is our ‘go to’ spot when in Ripon. Not only is the food great and reasonably priced but the service is excellent. It is always full of lively,... read more

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    March 23, 2022
  • star rating  One of my families favourite places to eat, we’ve been going back for years and yet to have a bad meal! Very generous menu and everything we’ve tried has been... read more

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    April 9, 2022

    star rating  A genuine authentic Italian restaurant, the place was buzzing and we were so glad we had booked in advance. The two course special, which also included a side with the... read more

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    June 7, 2021

    star rating  Amazing staff, fabulous food and a great wine selection fabulous. We have been here a few time and everything is always tasty and fresh. Super!

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    November 10, 2021
  • star rating  I went up to Ripon with my parents to celebrate the end of my university exams and booked here as the early bird menu looked good, i had deep fried... read more

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    May 12, 2022

    star rating  Stayed in Ripon 4 days over BH weekend and decided to book this Italian restaurant after reading reviews and glad we did. We had a wonderful meal that was cooked... read more

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    August 29, 2021

    star rating  We’d prebooked due to the excellent reviews on here. We had eaten lunch on the way to Ripon so we weren’t starving. I had an excellent pizza and husband had... read more

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    September 3, 2021
  • star rating  After our visit to Fountains Abbey we booked to eat at Prima, really good choice. The food and service where excellent, food cooked to perfection. Really worth a visit.

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    June 27, 2021

    star rating  Treated ourselves to a Thursday early evening treat. Great atmosphere, good food and house wine. All very reasonable and as it should be for an authentic Italian meal. Would go... read more

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    October 29, 2021