Tucked away in bustling Paceville, this busy Italian restaurant takes pride in offering traditional fare, and excels with some of the best meat dishes available. With a street-facing terrace and the walls of its rooms lined with black and white prints of pasta-eating caricatures, this eatery is distinctively unique. The welcome is friendly and reassuring. Tables are set with select oils and balsamic vinegar, indicating the desire to get it right from the start.
The menu reveals a lovely selection of starters including a Caprese salad, fresh mussels sauteed in herbs, garlic, olive oil and white wine, and marinated fresh octopus tossed in a mixture of cherry tomatoes, soft herbs and olives. There are pasta and risotto dishes both as starters or main courses, and a fabulous selection of fresh pizzas with an array of traditional toppings as well as some Il Pirata specials. The true joys of this restaurant lie with their meat dishes. Fine cuts of black angus Irish beef are hand selected for flavour and quality, while the milk-fed veal chop served in jus, and the herb crusted chicken breast served on a bed of fresh vegetables, come in tasty generous portions. Fresh fish is presented tableside, and cooked to your preference. You may also ask your waiter for the specials. A great value restaurant in a prime location, Il Pirata also offers a varied range of wines.