Dunne & Crescenzi is a bit of an institution in Dublin these days. It started out as a restaurant in South Frederick Street, where it still has its main base, and has expanded throughout the city since. Founded by an Irish/Italian pair, it sells the kind of traditional Italian food you actually get in Italy with an emphasis on Tuscan and Roman dishes. I still remember the look of horror on my friend’s face in college when he realised I’d brought him to an Italian place with no pizza.
There is a selection of antipasti, salads, pastas and risotto on offer for between € 5 – € 20, along with lots of nice Italian wine. On a sunny day, it’s a great place to sit outside and watch the world go by. I know it’s a bit of an obvious choice, but the lasagna here is my absolute favourite. They also have a small alimentari (deli) on site selling fresh cured meats, cheeses, pastas and olive oil.