If someone put us on a pizza and pasta diet for the rest of our lives, we probably wouldn’t say no. Want to give it a go too? Have a look at the 10 best Italian restaurants in Dublin.
The Irish have always had a weak spot for everything Italian. And while we are not exclusively talking about food, it’s certainly one of the main reasons why we just can’t get enough of the Southern vibe.
Luckily for us, some of the best Italian chefs in the world decided to make Ireland their second home. And you could literally spend weeks trying a different pizza or pasta place every single day. Are you up for the challenge? Use our list of the best Italian restaurants in Dublin for a start.
10. Al Vesuvio – a true Italian gem in the heart of Temple Bar
Right on Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, this place makes a great starting point for a night out. Al Vesuvio is a cosy spot serving top-notch Italian food seven days a week. We especially love the huge selection of pizzas with (rosse) and without (bianche) cheese.
Looking for an early dinner option (or a late lunch) before you go see that new show in town? Try their special pre-theatre dinner and get two courses and a glass of wine for just €21.90.
Address: Meeting House Square, Dublin 2
9. Da Mimmo – affordable Italian cuisine in a cosy atmosphere
If you are by the North Strand, consider yourself lucky because Da Mimmo is one of the best Italian restaurants in Dublin. Opened in 2010, it quickly outgrew its original place, with half the neighbourhood queuing to try one (or more!) items on their extensive pizza and pasta list.
With high-quality food and prices considerably lower than many restaurants in the very centre, we really can’t think of a reason why this shouldn’t become your new regular spot on the Northside. Their daily two-course lunch special for €8.50 is a great start.
Address: 148 N Strand Road, Dublin 3
8. Pinocchio – a cute restaurant that also runs regular cooking classes
Ok, we admit it: The logo of this place was so cute we popped in just because we got curious. We can happily report we were not disappointed though. Pinocchio in Temple Bar has everything we expect from an Italian place: mouth-watering pizza and pasta, excellent wines and even an early dinner special for under €20.
Fancy becoming an Italian chef yourself? They also run regular hands-on cooking classes. We especially recommend the Valentine’s special for an unforgettable and fun night out in one of the best Italian restaurants in Dublin.
Address: 1 Pudding Row, Dublin 2
7. Bottega Toffoli – for yummy Italian food in a family-style setting
Tucked away behind Dublin Castle, this little restaurant serves pizza, pasta, fresh fish and seriously mouth-watering Italian desserts in an especially cosy atmosphere. A tiny place accommodating less than 20 people at the same time, it almost feels like having dinner (or lunch) at your Italian friends’ home.
The extremely welcoming owners (Carlo cooks, Elaine takes care of the guests) will take you through the menu, recommend wines to go with your chosen plate and give you tips for your next Italian holiday on top.
Address: 34 Castle Street, Dublin 2
6. Manifesto – an award-winning pizza place with many vegan options
Compared to the city centre restaurants, Manifesto in Rathmines might seem a bit out of the way at first glance – but it’s well worth taking the short trip. Owner and chef Lucio Paduano was born and bred in Southern Italy and has won several gold medals at the annual “Best Pizza in the World” awards.
No wonder, his pizzas are legendary. The menu includes a couple of options with plant-based mozzarella, too, so you are not missing out on the fun if you are vegan. What’s more, they have a wine list that is literally the size of a whole book!
Address: 208 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
5. Enoteca Delle Langhe – the perfect Italian restaurant for a date night
You can’t really go wrong with any place in Dublin’s Italian Quarter, but Enoteca Delle Langhe stands out from the crowd. The perfect mix of restaurant and rusty North Italian vinoteca, this place is beloved for its authentic Italian menu as well as its extensive wine list (over 100 different ones!).
We absolutely adore their pasta, but we equally love the homey and romantic atmosphere. Enoteca Delle Langhe is one of the best Italian restaurants in Dublin, and a great spot for a date night, too!
Address: Bloom Lane, Dublin 1
4. Forno 500 – one of the best pizza places in Dublin
Together with Rosa Madre, Terra Madre and Pinocchio, Forno 500 made it in the Top 100 list of the best Italian restaurants in Europe. And we can certainly see why; the chefs mastered the art of pizza making right where it was invented: Naples. And they even convinced the local fourth-generation oven manufacturing Ferarra family, to build the very first fixed oven in Ireland.
Needless to say, this is a seriously great place for pizza – our favourite is the simple (but yummy!) Margherita.
Address: 74 Dame Street, Dublin 2
3. I Monelli – the best authentic Italian restaurant in Dublin in 2019
I Monelli in the Portobello district won the award as “Best Authentic Italian Restaurant in Dublin 2019” – and we totally get the hype. Their chefs Gianni De Santis and Ivano Addabbo have worked at restaurants around the world and, fortunately for Dubliners, decided to make Ireland their permanent home.
They do all sorts of pasta and fish dishes plus great desserts, so definitely leave some room for their signature tiramisu.
Address: 1 Portobello Road, Dublin 8
2. Rosa Madre – the place to be for seafood
Located in the heart of Temple Bar, Rosa Madre is both one of the most central and one of the best Italian restaurants in Dublin. The focus of the place is seafood, so expect everything from risotto with prawns to Octopus salad and even a full lobster.
The owner, Luca De Marzio, is originally from Rome and has legendary status in the foodie scene. He won the “Best Authentic Italian Restaurant in Dublin 2018” award in 2018 and regularly welcomes locals, visitors and celebrities from all over Ireland and beyond.
Address: 7 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
1. Terra Madre – a tiny Italian gem hidden from the crowds
Terra Madre is another place to know if you love everything Italian as much as we do. Right on the North Quay of the Liffey, between Ha-Penny and O’Connell Bridge and only accessible by a small staircase, this tiny place is beloved for its traditional Italian cuisine with many recipes going back hundreds of years.
If you have just returned from your vacation in Italy (or planning a trip to the South), Terra Madre will take you back to your best foodie memories in the twinkling of an eye. The menu frequently changes, which makes the perfect excuse to pop in more than once.
Address: 13A Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1