Attico, Monkstown - Review

Attico, Monkstown - Review
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With Christmas around the corner and the promise of a well-earned break, my partner and I leapt at the opportunity to visit Monkstown on “Date Night” for a meal in the newly-established Italian restaurant - Attico

Perfectly located in the heart of this quaint seaside suburb, Attico is the new kid on the block, perched on the first floor overlooking Monkstown Crescent.

We are greeted warmly as we step in from the icey December evening and shown to a window table in the the tastefully decorated main dining area overlooking the beautiful parish church. The elegant charm of the decor extends to the the smooth, jazzy playlist floating through the air and my partner and I are immediately at ease and eager to review the fayre on offer.

The a la carte menu includes an impressive selection of pasta, risotto & gnocchi dishes as well as a wide range of “Secondi” including Lamb, Pork and of course, Beef. More than a humble Pizzeria, Attico is more Trattoria / Ristorante in concept and offering. With the help of a couple of crisp glasses of Sicilian House White Wine, and a couple of complimentary Crudités (or perhaps more accurately Pinzimonio) we eventually settle on a first course: Cestino di Funghi (potato basket with Mushrooms) and an Insalata dello Chef or Chefs Salad.


Both starters are beautifully presented and equally tasty. The salad is fresh and fruity, and full of surprises like cranberries, pecan nuts, fennel and radish. The Mushroom dish is a generous bouquet of 9 varieties, smothered in a rich cream sauce, served in a delightfully crunchy potato base, further enhanced with gooey melted cheese - really very tasty and one of the highlight of the evening.


The attentive floor staff could really not be more helpful, pausing for a brief chat while replacing our drinks before returning with the main courses and a cheerful smile. The 12oz Ribeye Steak is cooked to a perfect medium rare, well seasoned, tender and juicy. Served with Caramelised Onion, Artichoke Crisps, Charred Spring Onion, Heirloom Carrots and sweet Roasted Tomato. Delicious. The second main course we selected was a Black Truffle Pasta (or Tagliolini al Tartufo) Tagliolini Pasta is somewhere between Spaghetti and Tagliatelle, and the perfect vessel to carry to the deep, robust Truffle flavour. The buttery, garlic infused sauce is not too heavy, with a generous helping which would satisfy most appetites, I was in fact surprised to see my partner practically licking the bowl clean!

Unfortunately we were unable to sample any more of the well stocked wine list on this particular occasion, we did however succumb to the allure of creamy Tiramisu which was the perfect end to our thoroughly enjoyable meal.

The team behind Attico have obviously invested a lot of time and effort in their restaurant, and their passion is evident from the moment you enter the doors. The menu is well thought out and executed, the service is excellent, the atmosphere is well suited to any occasion while the surrounds are somehow contemporary yet traditional. The offering is upmarket yet welcoming and accessible, with great value to be found across the various menus. I look forward to visiting Attico again soon and will certainly be recommending a big bowl of Truffle Tagliolini to any friends and family for the foreseeable future!


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