Il Primo Restaurant – Dublin’s best kept secret

Il Primo Restaurant PastasticIl Primo Restaurant Vincenzo  Il Primo Restaurant Downstairs

Tucked away down Montague Street, sheltered from the bustle of Harcourt and Wexford Streets, you’ll find a cosy, candlelit haven.

Il Primo has been quietly and unassumingly delivering top class food in a lovely environment for the past 20 years but it still feels like well-kept secret.

The restaurant is split across 2 levels. Downstairs has more of a bistro feel while upstairs is a little more formal.

We like to sit downstairs by the big windows and people watch.

And they never put a foot wrong with the food. From their home-made pasta, to what is probably Dublin’s best risotto (smoked haddock and chive), it’s always flawless, flavoursome and filling.

J Mac has been obsessing over their starter of roasted quail on puy lentils while I’m a little less adventurous. The pasta dish I always go for isn’t even on the menu but they manage to conjure it up nonetheless.

And that’s what makes this place so special. It’s the glass of Prosecco they put in front of us without our even asking, it’s Vincenzo always making us feel welcome, it’s never having to look at the wine list as they invariably recommend an affordable gem, it’s the laid back charm that makes you feel like you’re visiting a friend’s house.

Just don’t tell too many people!

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