Tony McMahon’s restaurant has a stylish room, with a NY Loft vibe; a beautiful balcony where you can sip cocktails when the sun shines and smart, Med-influenced cooking based on the rock-steady foundation of superb local produce – Ballybeg Greens; Dunmore East fish and shellfish; superb vegetables from local hero Tom Cleary; Duncannon smoked fish; ball-of-flour potatoes from Eoghan Dunphy in Dunhill – to name just a few of the people who are amongst the vital players of this busy restaurant. Whilst the menu celebrates Italian cooking’s greatest hits – bruschetta with pesto and mozzarella; arrabiatta con pollo; celebrazione pizza; salted carmel pannacotta – there are also real solid senders from closer to home: chicken liver parfait with brioche; rump of Waterford lamb with pommes Anna; sirloin with mushroom duxelle; banoffee pie. It's this ability to create menus that that play to the kitchen’s strengths, whilst also offering dishes that suit those who are adventrous and those who are cautious, that explains why Bellissimo has thrived ever since they opened in 2004. Add in a fine menu for children, and a really strong take-away menu that lets you bring the restaurant's signature dishes home with you, and you can see why Bellissimo is a Waterford hero.
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