Terra Madre is possibly the tiniest restaurant in Dublin, and one of the most authentic. In a basement beside the Liffey, it can accommodate approximately 20 people for authentic Italian cooking. The menu is short and sweet, with three or four starters, and the same amount of pasta dishes as mains with one vegetarian option.
The atmosphere is a little chaotic, with one Italian waiter serving in quite a cramped space, and specials appearing and disappearing at a rate of knots. What’s on the printed menu may not reflect exactly what’s on offer that day, a pretty common phenomenon in Italy, if not in Ireland.
The Tuscan Lardo di Colonnata bruschetta seems to be a regular fixture and one of my favourite things on the menu, just don’t read the description until after you’ve tried it. All of the pasta is brought over homemade from Italy and you can definitely taste the difference. Dessert changes on the day, but there is always the option of a glass of vin santo wine with some biscuits for dunking.