Eileen Dunne and Stefano Crescenzi are a dynamic duo on the Dublin Restaurant scene. The pair met when they were both working for the UN in Italy, she on the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and he as an economist specialising in International Co-Operation and Development.
A love affair which began in the 90’s has resulted in a fine marriage. Not just between the two people who fell in love – but in the harmonious relationship of homegrown food and fine wines served in an Italian atmosphere.
Back in the day, Italian restaurants in Ireland offered a basic menu of pizza and pasta. Most of them were little better than the so-called 'red sauce joints' so abhorred in the U.S., but then, something changed.
When Eileen Dunne And her husband, Stefano Crescenzi opened their unassuming wine shop on Dublin's Frederick Street, in 1999, they weren't to know how quickly it was to become a well-loved institution.