Let's go for an Italian you say. The choice was easy; garlicky goodness, comforting, carb loaded, usually topped with stringy mozzarella cheese - what more could you want? It isn't until you're sat down, gripping a menu that you suddenly stop to panic.
Pizza or pasta? Pasta or pizza? Suddenly, the easy choice of going for an Italian is seemingly tough, and you're going to have to make a decision. Fear not, we're on hand to help, and we've got some serious advice for you Dubliners craving Italian food. Bellissimo!
1. Casareccia Pollo Piccante - Zizzi
There are so many great Italian restaurants in Dublin, and the choice between pizza and pasta at Zizzi couldn't be harder. The flavours are incredible, and the crispy bases on the pizza look perfect. However, the Casareccia Pollo Piccante is a sure fire way to get yourself out of a Margherita rut, and back into flavour city. Small spirals of pasta are coated in a delicious tomato and chilli sauce and tossed with chicken, before being tossed with cream and spinach, creating a fiery dish which will leave you feeling warm and satisfied. If you love spice, the Pollo Piccante at Zizzi is your dream come true.
2. Catherina McKiernon Pizza - The Back Page Pizzeria
Much like Tiger Wood Fire Pizza, Dublin's professed home of sourdough, there is inspiration taken from sporting legends at The Back Page Pizzeria. Back Page are all about representing the greats through their menu. They mean this in two senses of the word. They represent quality ingredients by including them in their recipes, and they also represent great people by naming every item on their menu after "great people in history". For instance, the Billie Jean King represents the tennis player with ingredients such as wild mushrooms and free range egg. Or you can honour Irish talent by ordering a Catherina McKiernon pizza, which features walnuts, jalapeños, gorgonzola and chilli jam. We're not too sure what the ingredients have to do with long-distance running, but it sounds incredible.
3. Guinness Stew Ravioli - Pinocchio
Pinocchio weren't lying when they said that local produce is important to them. The Guinness Stew Ravioli was created for international pasta day and celebrates the fusion of Irish and Italian cuisine. Fresh ravioli is packed with Guinness stew and served in a Guinness gravy sauce. It's only available for a limited time, as Pinocchio change their specials regularly and often have an interesting pasta dish at the helm.
4. Vegan Pizza - Milano
Milano's dream was to bring pizza perfection to the streets of Ireland. They opened in 1995 and with the addition of seasonal specials, the pizza menu has remained the same ever since. Vegans often get left out of the pizza and pasta debate, and going to an Italian with your vegan friend can often be time-consuming and frustrating as they try and pick something which doesn't contain cheese, egg or milk…Good luck. Thankfully Milano has a vegan pizza which is made with vegan mozzarella, artichoke, mushroom, red onion, black olives, tomato, and drizzled with garlic oil. And trust us, it's delicious!
Reckon you're ready to make a choice? Head on over to Deliveroo for more inspiration!