Nothing succeeds like success. So popular is this classy little Italian joint just off Nassau Street that they've expanded into the premises two doors down. Pity the poor little coffee shop in between trying to compete with the unpretentious brilliance of this brother-and-sister restaurant and deli. The menu is extensive but simple: panini (sandwiches), a horde of antipasti choices, a few choice pasta specials, and some evening meat dishes and desserts. The all-Italian kitchen staff work wonders with high-quality imported ingredients. The gnochi with a slow cooked ragú of Gilligan's hereford Irish beef makes a great lunch. A couple of long tables make it perfect for a group, and the hundreds of bottles of wine on shelves cover every inch of the walls. They have opened a second café in nearby Sandymount.
Nov 16, 2013
I have visited Dunne and Crescenzi twice now in the past two years, both visits being a party of two, and all I can say is...well there really are no words for the excellence of this establishment!!! The selections of starters are almost too tempting to read past and are ideal for ordering one or two to share! The first visit I made I ordered once of the salads and couldn't believe the unique flavours which blended so perfectly together!! The salad
leaves were fresh, the meat perfectly cooked and there was no drowning of the salad in dressing (which I find to be a major problem in many restaurants in Dublin). On my second visit, which was only last week, I ordered one of the main course specials which consisted of Ravioli stuffed with mushroom and covered in grated truffles in one of the most rich and divine sauces I have ever tasted!!!! The ambiance in the restaurant is one of content and satisfaction. The individual rooms of the restaurant are crammed with small tables, which are quite close together, but somehow no one seems to care because of the outstanding food and intense Italian vibes! The only issue which one might find is the detailed menu. I am personally a huge food person and would eat out regularly, I have worked in different restaurants for years and thoroughly enjoy finding new and exciting hot spots to dine in, but even I found the authenticity of the Italian menu to be a bit difficult to interpret. Not everyone knows of Gnocchi or Calamarata Gragnano pasta and whether or not it is their cup of tea but at the same time, it is authentic and I would hate for the menu to change! Absolutely dying to go back and have been telling everyone to go ever since my first visit!! Just remember, it isn't the easiest to get a seat in one of the best restaurants in Ireland so try make a booking first and if you can't, don't be afraid to stand around waiting for 10-15 minutes, you will not regret it!!!!!!
Apr 25, 2008
Its rustic the feel inside like something from Italy. The shelves are lined with some nice bottles of wine and the recently expanded the space. i ate here 3 days ago and go some evenings. They always have 2 daily specials, Great pasta (dente!) and nice antipasti plates with Pannini only served at lunch. Great value and nice little side street with tables outside in good weather.