This small Italian run restaurant situated on lower Oliver Plunkett street, is a real treat for anyone who wants an authentic taste of Italy.
The restaurant is small with only a few tables on the ground floor and about 8 on the first.
As far as I can make out, all of the staff are native Italian. (Well at least, they all speak excellent Italian) Our waitress was very attentive, knowledable and friendly without being intrusive.
We shared a plate of traditional antipasto and it was plenty for two. It consisted of cured meats, olives, mushrooms, artichoke heart, cheese (I think mozzarella), grilled vegetables, and was lightly dressed in a very flavoursome olive oil. Very nice bread accompanied this dish.
I then had a plate of Orecchiette with smoked pancetta (€9.50) and it was delicious, my guest had the Pasta in tomato sauce (€7.50) and the sauce was freshly made and bursting with flavour.
Note to Italee: A little piece of bread to mop up the main course sauce would have been the 'icing on the cake' - so to speak.
We had a bottle of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, which is priced at a meagre €15 and it was a delicious accompaniment to our meal.
Coffee was offered, but we declined this time, however judging by the huge and very elaborate italian coffee machine on the ground floor, I guess that Italee do great coffees too.
The upstairs dining room is very comfortable, but could do with some softening especially during the evening meal serving; I could see a large Murano glass chandelier hanging very nicely there. No doubt, it won't be long before Italee proprieters will be able to afford to add such an extravagant piece to the decor ;-))
If you like Italian food - Italee must go on your 'to do' list.
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