As I walk into Doppio Zero, the first thing I notice is the staff speaking Italian. We’re off to a good start. I’m sure Gearóid from Glasnevin can make a decent coffee, but give me the choice and I’ll take Gina from Genoa or Giuseppe from Gorgonzola to salvage my synapses with a rejuvenating ristretto.
“In this matrix, it’s plain to see…it’s either you or me”.
The words drift from the speakers, the café dwellers seem not to notice. But I’m in my element, it’s been a long time since I’ve heard Placebo’s brilliant debut album. I recall seeing them in the SFX many moons ago, despite the stagediving and slamdancing, I emerged unscathed (my eardrums begged to differ).
I sit down to check out the menu, still smiling like a Chesire Cat and nodding my head enthusiastically to the music. “Harder, faster…forever after” I sing with eyes closed, the waitress gives me a strange look. “I’ll have the Rustic Veg Minestrone”
Five minutes later, it arrives, a hearty concoction, filled with proper big chunks of carrot, celery, beans, onions and tomatoes. Quality.
“Come home” pleads Brian, awakening me from my 80s daydream. And he’s right, time has caught up on me. I finish my espresso, “Grazie, alla prossima”. Gina & Giuseppe give me a smile as I step out the door. I knew all those hours spent with Monica & Ennio would pay off.
Doppio Zero | Coffee & tea, Restaurants (Italian) | Daily soup + Italian bread € 6.50
4-4a Abbey Street Upper | +35318785444
Mon – Wed 07:00 – 17:30, Thu – Fri 07:00 – 22:00, Sat 10:00 – 22:00, Sun 12:00 – 22:00