Authentic Italian food is notoriously difficult to find outside of Italy. With most classic Italian dishes made up of relatively few parts, the quality of the ingredients and the skill of the chef can make or break the dish.
Fortunately, there are several excellent authentic Italian restaurants in Dublin that are guaranteed to transport your tastebuds to the rolling hills of the Italian countryside.
In this post we share the best Italian restaurants in Dublin.
Map of Restaurants
The following map shows the location of every restaurant highlighted in this post:
Hidden away in a basement in the city centre facing the river Liffey is Terra Madre. The small, plain, and unassuming interior reflects the food on offer at the restaurant – simple, authentic, and delicious Italian cooking.
Terra Madre specialise in sourcing the finest Italian ingredients, including parmigiano reggiano vacche rosse, olive oil from Terena Ascolana olive trees, and fresh, handmade pasta. The menu is short and ever-changing to reflect the availability of ingredients.
For pasta in Dublin, Terra Madre is a must-visit.
Location: 13A Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin
Located on the banks of the Grand Canal in the Portobello neighbourhood of Dublin, I Monelli serve up rich, authentic Italian flavours in a warm and comfortable setting. The menu boasts Italian classics such as beef cannelloni, veal, and tagliatelle. The dessert menu is also full of indulgent Italian treats such as affogato, tiramisu, and panna cotta.
Location: 1-2, Portobello Road, Dublin
Rosa Madre in Dublin’s Temple Bar neighbourhood specialises in Italian seafood dishes, including such delicacies as lobster, oysters, and prawns. While the seafood is locally sourced Irish produce, all of the recipes have an authentic Italian influence.
Location: 7 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
The humble pizza is the ubiquitous Italian dish, and you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in Dublin that does better Italian pizza than Forno 500. The restaurant is home to the first authentic Neapolitan wood-fire oven in Dublin, which produces the outstanding pizzas for which Forno 500 is rightly famous.
Alongside their delicious pizzas, Forno 500 serve up a range of classic Italian dishes, including pasta and antipasti.
Location: 74 Dame Street, Dublin
Located in the East Wall neighbourhood of North Dublin, Da Mimmo serve up quality pizza, pasta, and other Italian staples in a friendly and casual cafe-style dining area. Their wood-fired pizza is excellent and a contender for the best pizza in the capital.
For a cosy, hearty, and tasty Italian lunch, it is hard to look past Da Mimmo.
Location: 146 North Strand, Dublin
Pinocchio in Temple Bar is an Italian restaurant and wine bar known for their excellent wine list and fine Italian cooking. Focusing on using the freshest local ingredients in their dishes, they serve up a range of sumptuous past dishes, as well as fish and meat courses.
Pinocchio also have a second location in the South Dublin neighbourhood of Ranelagh.
Location: 1 Pudding Row, Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin