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re­al­i­tal­ian­food­ / face­ When­ever I take a trip to Din­gle, which is usu­ally once a year for the Other Voices fes­ti­val in De­cem­ber, I make a pit­stop half­way to a lit­tle Ital­ian café off the mo­tor­way in Castletroy, Lim­er­ick. I first be­came aware of La Cucina through the blog and tweets of its owner Lor­raine Fan­neran. “@ital­ian­foodie will you have space for two hun­gry pizza lovers at around 2.30 this af­ter­noon?” I’d tweet, some­where around Ro­screa. “@aoife­fork­ful of course!” would come the re­ply. “We’ll get the dough ready for you.”

Lor­raine and her part­ner Bruno (the Pizza Boss and son of Ital­ian im­mi­grants ) opened La Cucina in a busi­ness es­tate in Castletroy in 2003, and have been dish­ing out freshly made piz­zas, great cia­batta sand­wiches and Ital­ian sal­ads ever since. It’s a ca­sual spot. In fact, it’s won Best Ca­sual Dining a cou­ple of times at the Ir­ish Restau­rant Awards. On a good day, the Lim­er­ick sun spills in through its win­dows into this small, buzzing space.

Their piz­zas range in price from just over €10 to €13.50 and all the clas­sics are there, from the margherita to the fiorentina. You can get a bowl of pasta am­a­tri­ciana (€10.50) or a plate of br­uschetta parma (€6.50). They also launched their own range of Real Ital­ian Food­ies pasta sauces, which you can pick up at the shop or on their on­line store. This is a fam­ily busi­ness worth sup­port­ing. Go visit.

And make sure you send them a tweet when you’re nearby.

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