Dublin is overrun with faux Italian restaurants, some of which serve absolutely delicious but non-traditional versions of Italian classics. If you’re looking for truly home-style, home-cooked Italian food in Dublin – just like mama used to make – visit Terra Madre in the city centre.
The restaurant is located just off the main drag, along the Quays and just steps from O’Connell Street. It is well hidden (I walked by it twice while actively searching for it!) on Bachelor’s Walk and the interior is reminiscent of an old style Italian home. The two guys running it are experts at what they do and are happy to offer their advice and recommendations.
I ate with an Italian friend who assured me the cooking is as authentic as we’re likely to find in Dublin, right down to the olive oil used to garnish the delicious sourdough bread. I ordered a medley of bruschettas with various toppings, including a rarely seen chive sprout and mouth-watering prosciutto cheese. As a main, I went for the ravioli del plin, which was honestly the best I’ve ever had – and I’ve eaten it in Italy! The portion sizes were small, but by the end of the meal I was completely full and satisfied.
Terra Madre really is Dublin’s hidden Italian gem!