Located on the Watermill Road in Raheny lies the small and charming Mulino Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Opened in December 2007, Mulino, which translates to Watermill, is sure to transport its customers to the heart of Italy. With authentic Italian cuisine, an impressive selection of wine and friendly staff on hand your experience is sure to be an enjoyable one.
If you’re in the mood for a three course meal the bruschetta golosa and calamari di crosta can’t be overlooked as starters. The bruschetta, which is simply bread topped with tomato, garlic, basil and cheese, is simple yet bursting with flavour.
The calamari is crispy on the outside with a soft, but not chewy, centre of squid and is a must-have for seafood lovers. It comes with a side of sweet and sour sauce but even a squirt of lemon is enough to bring the dish to life.
The mains are split between pasta, pizza, fish and meat dishes. All the popular dishes are present on the pasta menu including spaghetti bolognese, carbonara and lasagne, all available and all delicious. For vegetarian pasta lovers, there is a penne arrabiata with garlic, chilli, parsley and tomato sauce. However, if you are a meat eater, you can add chicken for just €2 extra.
For the pizzas, you might fancy either the pizza salisiccia e patate, topped with Italian sausage and roast potatoes or the calzone. The calzone is a folded pizza with all the goodness of a regular flat pizza inside. There’s no ham and pineapple pizza to be seen, which is probably a good sign considering the restaurant aims to be as authentic as possible.
The restaurant also offers the likes of steak, barbecue ribs and fish and chips, but if you want to get the most out of your meal choosing a more traditional Italian dish is the way to go!
The desserts are not to be overlooked either with a number of delectable treats available to send you home happy. If you’re feeling really cultured, the Italian cheeseboard which comes with cheeses, fruit, nuts and honey, could be the one for you. If you’re in the mood for something a bit sweeter the chocolate, brandy and coffee tart is sure to leave you satisfied.
The interior of the restaurant is mostly furnished with wood, giving the place a nice homely atmosphere. The staff are very welcoming and are happy to give advice on what wine goes best with what dish if your wine knowledge isn’t up to scratch.
The price is fairly reasonable with all pizza and pasta dishes costing €10.50, while the other main courses on the menu vary from €13 to €16. There is a two-course meal deal for €21 or a three-course meal deal for €25, which is available all day from Monday to Thursday and between 3 and 7pm on Friday and Saturday.
Overall, if you find yourself in Raheny, Mulino is definitely a spot you should try out. While it may not be as cheap as most spots frequented by college students, it won’t hit your wallet too hard and you will enjoy delicious and authentic Italian cuisine.
Value for money 7/10
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