These are the Absolute Best Italian Restaurants in Dublin
If you’re looking for the Best Italian Restaurants in Dublin, Ireland, keep reading, because this is a very sentimental article on where to eat the best Italian food in Dublin according to two Italians living in the city for a decade. If you don’t trust us, who else can you trust?
Irish people have a long love affair with Italian food, and it’s not surprising that in Dublin, you can find a pretty decent amount of Italian places serving Italian food… well, pretending to serve Italian food.
We all know that Italian food is very well known everywhere. However, we all also know that, unfortunately, even if it has infiltrated a lot of countries, it remains among the most mislead kitchens in the World.
Before moving to the list of the Best Italian Restaurants in Dublin, we have the most incredible advice for you.
How can you determine if a restaurant is Italian?
Easy peasy: you can always judge an Italian restaurant by the number of Italians who eat there. If they’re not ordering lasagne and chips, you can almost be sure the place is Italian.
To be even surer, check the menu: if it does include pasta carbonara with mushrooms or other weird ingredients, garlic bread, and pasta with chicken… run away! Seriously, run as fast as you can!
Trust us; these are the leading indicators when it comes to judging an Italian restaurant: we Italians love to eat in an Italian restaurant only if the expectations are kept and even exceeded.
What are the best Italian Restaurants in Dublin?
Being Dublin quite a big city, or at least an international town, the number of so-called Italian places has quadrupled during the past few years.
Despite this, choosing the best ones from an Italian perspective, it’s not difficult at all: very few deliver to Italian standards, very few are genuinely Italians, very few give a desire to travel to Italy right now!
The restaurants we recommend are the ones where we eat, the ones where we go when we feel nostalgic, the ones that make us smile: you’ll notice that the list is everything but long… for obvious reasons!
We will never recommend places where you don’t get traditional Italian food or Italian food.
Some of the following places also serve pizza but this article is not about pizza (it deserves a different list you can find here!) but about proper food. Don’t get disappointed if you don’t see your favorite pizza place on this list!
We haven’t considered prices in the making of this list: when you eat well, the ingredients are prime, and the service is spot on, prices don’t matter (at least for us).
So, relax and enjoy our list of the best places where to eat Italian in Dublin. Spoiler: there’s a winner in this very very short list, easy to spot!
Grano has opened at the end of 2018, and it’s now one of the most loved Italian restaurants in Dublin. It’s authentic, genuine. For us, Italians, it has the same feeling of any traditional restaurant in Italy: the food is 100% Italian, with the majority of the ingredients and the recipes coming from the Calabria region, and so is the wine.
For us, Grano is THE best Italian place in Dublin, the one we recommend with our eyes closed. If you want to taste what Italian food and hospitality is, Roberto and his team will provide you the best experience ever. Every time we go, we keep smiling and smiling for hours!
Grano restaurant – Unit 5, Norseman Court, Manor St, Stoneybatter
Here’s a selection of pictures: you can salivate if you want. Booking is necessary.
Dunne & Crescenzi
If you’re looking for good Italian food mostly from Tuscany, a wine selection to die for, and a great location, Dunne, and Crescenzi has everything. Prices are a bit high, but the quality is always guaranteed, and there are lots of options for people on a gluten-free or low carb diet. Booking not necessary.
Dunne & Crescenzi – 16 Frederick St S
Il Manifesto also appears on our list of the best Italian pizza places in Dublin: this is a real Italian place, far from the tourist areas and full of locals, and Italians.
The owner is from the South. The food is influenced by the products and the flavor of Southern Italy. The wine list is impressive. Booking necessary.
Il Manifesto – 208 Rathmines Rd Lower, Rathmines
Can you recommend to us more Italian places in Dublin?
Sorry, we can’t! We can genuinely only recommend three places in Dublin if you’re looking for authentic Italian food.
Wait, we have a bonus for you… keep reading!
Bonus – Dolce Sicily
Dolce Sicily started its adventure in Dublin a few years ago as a “pasticceria”, a place where to have just cakes and traditional Italian desserts, with Italian espresso.
Today, it has expanded, and it also includes a restaurant right in the city centre. Here you have the chance to eat something for lunch, dinner, or even having a proper aperitivo.
Their melanzane alla parmigiana are divine. For us, the piece of resistance is the traditional cannolo siciliano.
Dolce Sicily – 20 Anne St S
[Disclaimer: This post is the result of personal experience and none of the places mentioned above have paid to appear on this list].