16 Montague Street, Dublin 2
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Chilling out, People watching, Relaxation, Romance, Trendiness
Expert review of Il Primo
This is a favourite of mine, tucked away on a cobbled alley off Wexford (and Harcourt) Street, far from city centre crowds. There is superb service. Prosecco on arrival always brings a smile to my face, as do the fresh, creamy pasta dishes. Yum.
These are simple Italian dishes using fresh ingredients and no messing around with traditional recipes, for those days when all you want is an honest cannelloni or risotto. Ask for advice when it comes to the excellent wine list, mostly from Tuscany – staff members are only too happy to help and you’ll be glad you asked.
Why is good cannelloni so hard to find?! You'll find it here, along with tasty pizzas.
It's romantic and intimate, yes because space is limited, but minute attention to detail and attentive service means you feel spoiled and that’s the best part. Downstairs is a little more interactive as it’s closer to the kitchen, and the darker lighting down here adds to the romance.
It's attentive and genuine and many Dublin regulars are fiercely loyal for that reason.
Squirreled away on a narrow cobbled lane, you need to know where you’re going, but it's close to Grafton Street.
The lunch specials are the best value, three courses for 19 euros or pre-theatre (Monday-Thursday 5.30-7.30pm), it's three courses for 26 euros.
Downstairs by the window, the high tables are cute and fun.
More information on Il Primo :
- Price guide:
- Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian
- 16 Montague Street, Dublin 2
- 01 478 3373
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Wed noon-3pm, 6-10pm, Thu-Fri noon-3pm, 6-11pm, Sat 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Pasta, Tuscany wine