The Tide Full Inn
Main Street, Kinvara Co Galway thetidefullinn.com ¤¤
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.