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3 Coins in a Fountain

Iveagh Mall,

Carrickmines Retail Park,

Dublin 18

Tel: (01) 294-5111

thevanillapodeatery.ie

Style

Part of the excellent Vanilla Pod Eatery, VPK, with its brick walls and big pizza oven, has a real vibe. Pizzas, pastas, 'superfood' salads, antipasti and takeout are all available, plus gluten-free pasta and desserts.

Price

€4.90-€13.90

Try

Linguini with shrimps, chilli, garlic and tomato sauce, Parmesan shavings, €12.90

Wine

From €19

Il Vicolo

The Bridge Mills,

O'Brien's Bridge,

Galway.

Tel: (091) 530-515

ilvicolo.ie

Style

A restaurant and bacaro (wine bar) in a cool, stone-clad setting with the River Corrib running underneath. With a rustic Northern Italian feel, the menu serves cicchetti and spunciotti (tapas-style dishes) as well as pasta, risotto, steak and seafood

Price

€5-€32

Try

Hand-made roasted turnip gnocchi with green lentils, squash puree and parsnip crisps, €14.50

Wine

From €22

Bel Cibo

The Plaza,

Parkwest,

Dublin 12.

Tel: (01) 898-3101

belcibo.ie

Style

Already in Smithfield, the Egan Hospitality Group has opened a second Bel Cibo pizzeria cafe. From breakfast right through to dinner, they do antipasti, pizza, pasta, and burgers.

Price

€5.50-€17.95

Try

Risotto with asparagus and pecorino cheese, €14.50

Wine

From €19.50

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