In search of the best Italian restaurants Dublin has to offer? This guide will make your belly happy!
If you’ve read our guide to the best restaurants in Dublin, you’ll know that Dublin City and the wider county is home to its fair share of fine eats.
I’ve always had a weak spot for Italian food (and Asian, as you’ll know if you read my guide to the best Indian restaurants in Dublin!).
Thankfully, there’s an almost endless number of incredible Italian restaurants in Dublin, from from family-owned trattorias to upscale restaurants where you can try everything from a rich ragu and tagliatelle to Osso buco alla Milanese and pizza.
The best Italian restaurants Dublin has to offer
- Pomodorino Swords
- Da Mimmo
- Il Vicoletto
- Il Corvo
- Aprile Italian Restaurant Stillorgan
- Nero XVII
- That’s Amore – Monkstown
- Botega Toffoli
- Rosa Madre
1. Pomodorino Swords
Located in the heart of Swords, Pomodirino is a fabulous Italian restaurant in Dublin that offers everything from pasta dishes and wood-fired pizza to a wide range of appetizers and some of the finest Italian wines.
For those who don’t know, pomodorino means cherry tomato, an important ingredient in Italian cuisine.
As a starter, order Tagliere Misto that includes imported Italian cured meats, dried tomatoes, cheese, and olives.
If you opt for a pizza dish, make sure to go for the one with buffalo mozzarella on top. As for the wine list, De Falco Negro from the Italian region of Puglia is an excellent choice.
2. Da Mimmo (one of the most popular, off the beaten path Italian restaurants in Dublin)
I’ve never been a fan of touristy Italian restaurants in Dublin (or anywhere else, for that matter). Which is why I try to opt for family-run restaurants located outside of tourist/office hotspots.
This is why I’ve been returning to North Strand’s Da Mimmo time and time again (the food’s great too, of course!).
Those that visit Da Mimmo will be treated to a fix of high-quality Italian food. Their wood-fired pizza with classic options like basil and mozzarella is delicious.
The Sicilian pasta alla Norma with ricotta cheese is also a big crowd-pleaser. With a daily two-course lunch menu special for €8.50 (check in advance), the food at Da Mimmo not only delicious, but it’s also reasonably priced.
3. Il Vicoletto
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there is no shortage of fabulous Italian restaurants in Dublin and Il Vicoletto is up there with the best of them.
This boutique Italian dining establishment offers a traditional Italian food menu with homemade pasta dishes and authentic foods from the Romagna and Tuscan regions.
Try the ravioli with ricotta cheese, sausage, and mozzarella or order a portion of scaloppine alla romano (veal with sage, prosciutto, and potatoes).
Did I mention their extensive wine list with imported favourites like Barbera, Dolcetto, Barolo, Brunello, Chianti, and Supertuscan? It’s spectacular!
4. Il Corvo
Il Corvo is another heavy-hitter in the Italian food scene in Dublin. You will find them in the Dublin suburb of Drumcondra where they’ve been creating tasty dishes since 1992.
This Italian pizzeria and restaurant sources high-quality ingredients from local suppliers, which means that everything you order here is fresh and made to order.
The head chef Alberto Cantonati and his talented team are in charge of preparing everything from gluten-free pizza to a wide range of authentic pasta dishes.
It is worth mentioning that Il Corvo attracts many families with children because of the excellent kid’s menus. The little ones can even make their own pizza on Sundays here at Il Corvo.
5. Aprile Stillorgan
Located just a stone’s throw from Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Aprile is a tastefully decorated Italian restaurant with a beautiful marble bar.
The extensive set menus will set you back about €20 and include a variety of tasty Italian dishes.
From starters like garlic bread with melted mozzarella to mains that include pasta dishes like ravioli with spinach and ricotta cheese, everything you order at the Aprile Restaurant is stunningly delicious.
Fancy a bit of desert? We’ve heard good things about their tiramisu and chocolate cake.
Dublin is not short on beautiful Italian restaurants and Gigi is without a doubt one of the most inviting dining establishments in Ireland’s capital.
Aside from an extensive collection of imported Italian wines, this neighbourhood restaurant in heart of Ranelagh Village is famous for its antipasti bar and handmade pasta dishes.
Tagliatelle alle cozze is a popular order, as well as the ravioli special with mascarpone and potatoes. Don’t leave this place before trying their chocolate mousse with cranberry crisp and orange sorbet.
7. Nero XVII
One of the newer Italian restaurants in Dublin, Nero XVII in Carba is all about classic Italian food.
Pizza is topped with imported salami from Italy, while the bistecca con gorgonzola (dry-aged sirloin steak) is a real treat for all you meat lovers.
Venison ragu, meatballs, and pasta carbonara are some of the signature dishes here at this lovely Italian restaurant with leather booths and wooden walls.
Starters range from €4-10, while mains will set you back somewhere between €10-30.
8. That’s Amore – Monkstown
Although I’m yet to visit That’s Amore in Monkstown, I have it on good authority that this place is well worth travelling to!
The owners Silvia Leo and Marco Valeri run this casual Italian deli and import most of the ingredients from Italy.
So, what’s so special about this restaurant? The pizza here is hand-stretched, the signature specials change daily, and the food is mind-blowing and reasonably priced.
Order the antipasti misto or go for the homemade gnocchi and you won’t be disappointed.
9. Botega Toffoli (one of the best Italian restaurants in Dublin City Centre)
If you are visiting Dublin Castle, make sure to stop by for lunch at Botega Toffoli. It’s a cosy Italian restaurant run by Elaine and Carlo.
Ideal for casual dining, the restaurant is well-known for its tasty pizzas that cost between €16 – €18.
The great thing about this place is that it feels like you’re eating at someone’s home. It sits 15 and it’s consistently one of the best reviewed Italian restaurants in Dublin on Google.
10. Rosa Madre
I am a big fan of seafood pasta and Rosa Madre in Dublin is always there to take care of my craving for this exceptional dish.
They also specialise in fresh fish with options like gamberi in spicy spinach, calamari, and the mighty lobster tonnarelli.
Back in 2018, Rosa Madre won an award for the ‘Best Authentic Italian Restaurant in Dublin’. Well worth dropping into!
Last but not the least is Pinocchio Restaurant in Temple Bar. Now, you may remember earlier that I said that I try and avoid eating in tourist hotspots?!
Well, Pinocchio is my one exception. This place is special. Early dinner specials cost about €20 and include everything from tasty pizza to pasta dishes.
Expect everything from old-school favourites to more traditional dishes in this lively little spot. Have you ever dreamed of becoming a real Italian chef? You’ll be happy to hear they host regular cooking classes.
Italian restaurants Dublin: What ones have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some great Italian restaurants Dublin has to offer from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let us know in the comments section below and we’ll check it out.