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Think of Italian food, and you’ll likely drift off into a misty-eyed daydream, picturing perfectly charred pizza crusts, gooey burrata and forkfuls of delicate, fragrant tagliatelle. Unfortunately, when it actually comes down to it, la cucina italiana is one of the most bastardised cuisines out there, with sub-par chains slopping out overcooked pasta, overloaded pizza and plastic bread masquerading as bruschetta.
Thankfully, in Dublin at least, the shit stuff’s easily avoided – because this city’s home to a wide array of brilliant Italian restaurants, where the food that comes out of the kitchen looks just like it would at a proper Tuscan trattoria. Here you’ll find a plate of (surprisingly delicious) tripe alongside a decadently rich ragú, and a cosy neighbourhood kitchen where the owner’s mamma flies over to make the pasta right in front of your eyes.
So, if you are worn out after a day’s exploring this city’s marvellous attractions and things to do, dive straight into some of the best Italian food this side of Bologna. Dublin really can make your Italian food-themed dreams come true.
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