Dunne & Crescenzi Casa
When Eileen Dunne and Stefano Crescenzi began their culinary journey in Ireland back in the 1990's, it all started with a little shop, out in Sutton, in north County Dublin. We went out there to write a little story for The Irish Times, and met these larger-than-life characters for the first time. It was also the first time we saw their discernment, their good taste, exhibited in all the lovely things to eat and drink that they had curated and offered for sale.
Today, in the gleaming interior of the Dunne & Crescenzi Casa, just beside the flagship restaurant of their food empire, that beginning as a little alimentari is echoed again, but this time in a grander room, and on a grander scale. It is a seductive place, and a magnificent room, quietly but sumptuously designed and styled in that lush but understated Italian fashion, packed with beautiful things to eat and drink, and manned by charming staff. You step in the door, and you step into a Roman space, a Milanese space, a Venetian space, and immediately you want to enjoy the calm clubbability, by sitting down and having a bowl of soup or a panini, or maybe just an excellent cup of coffee. And then the hard work of making up your mind about which pastas, which salamis, which wines you want to take home to enjoy once again the calm comfort of this beautfiul room and its delicious discoveries. Dunne & Crescenzi make life in Dublin better for everyone.
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