At the start of the year, in February 2016, Prezzo opened its first restaurant in Ireland, in Liffey Valley in Dublin. Prezzo is a popular UK based Italian restaurant chain but don’t let the ‘chain’ word put you off. They describe what they are as “Italian casual dining with a touch of class” but does it live up to this claim…?
A modern interior, clean lines, simple decor, with a huge wood-burning oven at the centre of the kitchen gives Prezzo a casual and easy vibe. Located in the new part of Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, next to the Vue cinema and a variety of other casual restaurants and cafes. On the menu, a wide and varied selection featuring the typical highlights of Italian food including pizzas, pastas, salads, meat. There’s three different styles of pizza – Classic, Light and V.I. Pizza. A nice feature with the pasta dishes also that you can make them ‘light’. This means a smaller portion of pasta, served with a side salad and Italian dressing.
We were in the car so no wine on this occasion, but I was really pleased to see my favourite flavoured San Pellegrino drinks on the menu. We happily ordered the lemon which was so refreshing and zingy (€3.49 ea.). As we had eaten popcorn in the cinema we went straight for main courses. Pizza for him. Prosciutto e Funghi ( Prosciutto, mushrooms, olives, rosemary, mozzarella and tomato) – €12.59. Thin crispy base, not too much tomato or cheese, generous on the toppings, all made for a great pizza.
I chose the Pappardelle with Wild Mushrooms (shiitake, chestnut, oyster and button mushrooms, garlic, peas, spinach, asparagus, truffle infused oil and bella lodi cheese, in a mushroom sauce) – €16.19. I made my order ‘light’ so it came with the salad. I often find pasta dishes in restaurants too heavy so this size was perfect for me. Served on a board with the individual dishes on top. I loved the pasta; creamy but not at all heavy, crisp green peas, asparagus and spinach intermingled with the mushrooms and a light handed pouring of truffle oil meant it was not overpowering. The salad was a little trickier as the bowl was small so it was hard to eat without it spilling out. Serving design flaw aside it tasted good with the sharp vinaigrette dressing.
Located right next to the Vue Cinema in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Prezzo is perfect for a pre or post cinema bite to eat. If you lived locally, it would be a great spot for a girls night out too. I’d love if Prezzo opened other branches in Dublin (I think it’s in the works). Especially if they are more conveniently located for us. Liffey Valley is just a little far normally but if you’re in the area do pop in for the delicious food. Our total bill (not including service) came to €35.76. Well worth that for the food we enjoyed, the ambiance and service. And back to it’s claim of “Italian casual dining with a touch of class”, I think it meets that head on, great food, casual and easy, wine list looked nice though we didn’t get to sample.
Prezzo | Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 | 01 620 3176