Officially called Quartier Bloom in tribute to Joyce's most famous character, this charming little (very little) Italian quarter just off Ormond Quay is a hit with Dubliners long starved of quality, down-to-earth Italian food. It consists of a communal plaza area, a fabulous mural that's a modern take on Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, and a couple of places to eat, including Enoteca delle Langhe. Italian-owned and -operated, Langhe serves up the full enoteca
experience: quality, affordable Italian wines (more than 75% are sourced from the Langhe district); a limited but enticing selection of appetizers—try the perfect bruschetta with scrumptious toppings like sundried-tomato pesto and sautéed zucchini—warm, friendly, family-style service; and a constant buzz in the air. In summer, tango dancers perform outside.