Inspired by the arrival of the Giro d’Italia to our shores, we are getting into the Giro spirit and going all Italian this week with these fantastic Northern Ireland dining experiences with an Italian twist…
The Chubby Cherub : Upper Arthur Street
Voted the No.1 Italian restaurant in Belfast by TripAdvisor : “Irresistible Italian Food, Beautifully executed by Masters in a flirtatiously Intoxicating Ambience”. Delicious pasta dishes and woodstone oven makes heaven sent pizzas. The cupid’s corner is legendary and you have to try their Tiramisu!
Coppi – St Annes Square, Belfast
Opened in 2012, in the heart of Belfast’s Cultural hub this ultra cool venue is named for Fausto Coppi, cycling legend of the 40s and 50s’. On offer is a great selection of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, a range of cicetti (Italian style tapas), small plates, think feta fritters, and pork and fennel sausages, main courses, pizzettas and pasta made freshly in the restaurant daily. They are winners of a prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand for GB and Ireland 2014
Deane and Decano : Lisburn Road
Deane and Decano is a smart, stylish and buzzing Restaurant / Cafe / Bar with a distinctly Italian flavour. It is located on the ever fashionable Lisburn Road in South Belfast and opens for lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner 5 days a week. Deane and Decano also serves Sunday Lunch.
Il Pirata Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast
Named after veteran cyclist Marco Panani, (‘the pirate’) and inspired by the Italian restaurants on Manhattan’s lower East side, Simple rustic, tasty Italian food is the order of the day! The menu ranges from Venetian style cichette to share, to hearty plates of Parma ham and braised beef brisket, while their Portavogie prawn pizzette is a perfect fusion of Ireland and Italy.
Coast Pizza and Pasta Restaurant, Portrush
This Italian style food bar, offers authentic Italian and modern fresh stone-baked pizza and modern pasta dishes. With great food, including a must try chilli chicken penne pasta, a lovely view of the harbour, and great service, no wonder this venue is so popular!
Morelli’s Ice Cream, Portstewart
A trip to Portstewart should always include a trip to Morelli’s!. One of the oldest, and most famous ice cream parlours in Ireland, this Italian family run business was first opened in 1911. With over 40 fabulous flavours of ice-cream, not counting frozen yoghurts and sorbets, made by combining Northern Ireland dairy products with flavourings from some of Italy’s most prestigious flavour houses we believe that this ice cream just may be some of the finest that you’ll ever taste.
Where is your favourite Italian restaurant?