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“Good local Italian” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Italian Connection

Italian Connection
Ranked #31 of 216 Restaurants in Kilkenny
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $32
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Italian Connection is a contemporary Italian restaurant serving simple, freshly prepared dishes using the finest and freshest ingredients for over 15 years. Located in the heart of Kilkenny, the friendliest city in Europe, this family run restaurant serves affordable Italian cuisine at its finest. There's an Italian dish for everyone - from Italian favourites to authentic Italian dishes - just like Mama use to make them! Or taste the lighter side of Italian food along with Italian Connection special gluten free dishes. "Savour the tastes and the moments at the Italian Connection with family and friends. That's what memories are made of."
Dublin, Ireland
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112 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Good local Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

This is a consistently good local restaurant. The pizzas and pastas are well executed and at a reasonable price. The Chicken a la Diavola is fab! It is a good venue for families given the wide and varied menu and their is a very reasonable priced kids menu.
The decor and ambience is very good some of the staff are excellent.
Overall, this is a place we return to again and again with the kids, and I recommend it!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“On Fire - consistent, tasty with a bit of class”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Back in the good old days my family and I visited the Italian connection at least once a month but since our fortunes have gone south, regrettably our visits are less frequent. Once, when I took my staff there for a leaving party, they gave us all flaming Zamboukas on the house at the end of our meal. One of the girls tipped hers over and the paper napkin caught fire. Along with the staff, we put the fire out and there was no burns or other damage. Fire safety laws prevent restaurant owners from having real wood-fired pizza ovens here in Ireland, but for all that, the pizzas at Kilkenny's Italian Connection taste great. There's been a very low turnover in table staff in the years I've been going there (the last 10 +)so they must be doing something right, both sides of the counter. My favorite is the Margarita pizza with crushed chillies, anchovies and capers. Hot stuff!!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 280558
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Kilkenny
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85 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A consistent performer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

I have eaten here many times and have never been anything but delighted with the quality of the food and service. A great benchmark for any restaurant is seeing an unchanged floor staff year in year out. Do call in if you are near.

Visited September 2012
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Thank kk62
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Prague, Czech Republic
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere and average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

The atmosphere of the restaurant is very nice, dimmed lights, soft music and cosy feel.
The food was quite OK , however I had much more tastier Italian in my life. Pizzas are big and filling but lack in flavours and desserts are average. Wine selection is good and the waitress was attentive.
The prices are on the higher side both for food and drinks, but eating out in Ireland to me seems much more expensive than in the UK.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Cork, Ireland
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4 reviews
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“Fantastic girls night out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

We dined Italian Connection last night and had a fantastic time.We were a group of 14 dressed up as Wheres Wally for my best friends hen party and as we were dining in fancy dress-I found some restaurants in Kilkenny would not accommodate us but Italian Connection were fantastic.
The staff were so friendly and could not do enough for us, Our waitress was a very kind woman who was completely unphased by the large booking on a busy Saturday night and took the time to chat to us about our evening etc.
The food was beautiful and the large portions made us really feel we had gotten a lot for our money. The hostess was fantastic and again very helpful and the price was perfect!

I cannot say enough about this restaurant as in these times it is rare to feel that we got so much for our money in both service and food- especially with a large group!

Our experience at Italian connection was fantastic and set us up well for a great night in Kilkenny!
Thanks so much!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sarah T
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