The Tide Full Inn

Main Street, Kin­vara Co Gal­way the­tide­ ¤¤

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | EATING OUT -

As you walk into the front door, di­rectly ahead is a small dry-goods pantry, where the team at The Tide Full Inn – run by Mar­i­anne Krause and Joseph Hay­den – sell a well- cho­sen se­lec­tion of good­ies. There is DeCecco pasta, Or­tiz an­chovies and Periquin smoked pa­prika among the ex­tra vir­gin olive oils and Mo­dena bal­samic vine­gars.

The wine list is short and pre­dom­i­nantly Ital­ian, though a few French, Span­ish and New Zealand bot­tles get a look-in. There is also a house white and a house red on tap, at ¤6 for a quar­ter litre. Ir­ish craft beer is rep­re­sented by bot­tles of Stonewell Cider (¤5.20), and the full 8 De­grees Brew­ing range (¤4.90 per bot­tle). Non-drinkers are well looked af­ter thanks to the Lus­combe range of lemon­ades, made in Devon, Eng­land.

There is good-qual­ity bread and olives to start (¤3.50), and the piz­zas are daz­zlingly enor­mous. The La Mamma pizza (¤12) on the Pizza Bianco (a pizza with a moz­zarella base in­stead of tomato sauce) calls out to me. I’m rewarded with a mon­ster per­sonal pizza topped with melted gor­gonzola, dot­ted with chunks of Ital­ian sausage and slices of mush­room. The Dolomiti (¤13.50) fea­tures a tomato sauce with moz­zarella, porcini mush­rooms, and speck, topped with large hand­fuls of crispy rocket. Also on the menu are crowd-pleas­ing pasta dishes such as lasagna (¤9) and the lo­ca­vore-friendly lin­guine with Clar­in­bridge clams (¤12). The lo­cals who rec­om­mended The Tide Full Inn were right; this pizza is re­ally good. They’re open ev­ery day, ex­cept Tues­days, from noon to 10pm. Keep them in mind for your next ad­ven­ture out West.

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