With colder evenings comes dinner season, where the city's revellers eschew rooftop drinks for cosier restaurant evenings.
Hoping to appeal to the food-appreciating and trendy masses is that of Sprezzatura; Dublin's newest Italian now open at 5/6 Camden Market.
Their features a seriously impressive list of Irish producers including Achill Lamb, Kilkenny Rose Veal, Lough Neagh smoked eel, Mooncoin beetroot, Ballymakenny broccoli and potatoes, Durrus cheeses and Velvet Cloud sheep’s milk yoghurt.
However, what's most impressive is that their menu is rife with options for vegetarians – no mean feat.
Sprezzatura owners say that they're focusing on Italian ideas using the best Irish ingredients with nothing on the menu costing more than €10.
The new haunt is also going all-in for sustainability.
They’ve decided to use Wicklow rapeseed oil instead of importing olive oil, opt for all drinks on tap, no paper or plastic on-site (meaning no paper receipts or kitchen dockets), and “trash pasta” available at lunchtime made from offcuts and food that might have been thrown out otherwise.
Led by Head Chef Conor Roban fresh from his sojourn at the critically acclaimed Noma the new Italian influenced eatery will be virtually paperless other than compostable napkins and toilet paper, and will run using renewable energy only where possible.
Containers from their regular suppliers will be repurposed and refilled to reduce plastic usage and too.
Aperitivos can be enjoyed in the bar area and include Tomato Carpaccio, Pig’s Cheek Fritti, Panisse, Anchovy with Lemon and Stracciatella with Rapeseed Oil all priced between €3 and €6.
Main dishes include the Rigatoni with Basil and Tomato, Spinach Fettuccine with Dry Chilli, Pangrattato and Wicklow Rapeseed Oil as well as Ravioli with Pork, Cabbage and Big Bone Broth all of which are priced between €6.50 and €9.50.
Drinks include their own Dundalk-brewed, Sprezzatura lager, wines from Wine Lab (some of which are sulphur-free and therefore hangover-free) and King of Kefir soft drinks, while mixed cocktails include Italian classics the Americano, Aperol Spritz and Espresso Martinis.
The restaurant itself is rustic without being pretentious and cosy without being small. With individual tables and bountiful share plates on offer – we think this is will a date spot for the ages.
Sprezzatura is located in Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 8 (formerly home to Granthams) is open from 12pm - 10pm each day.
For more information or to book a table, visit their Instagram here.
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