Taste of Ireland Review

“New Italian restaurant Il Folletto on Quay Street really is little Italy in the heart of Galway. The traditional rustic appearance and precise attention to detail creates a warm, inviting, homely Italian welcome. From freshly imported Italian cured meats, cheese and pasta’s to full bodied or lightly fruity Italian wines from the extensive wine menu, everything is the real deal, including the Italian staff.

Il Folletto has been 10 yrs in the planning and came to fruition through the passion and vision of co-owners Roberto Basso and Vetina Tobin. Roberto is also the head chef in Il Folletto and Vetina owns successful catering company Pollaci catering. Their joint goal was to bring the traditional regional Italian food they grew up with to Ireland. Roberto trained in culinary college in Milan Italy and worked with many different world cuisines and travelled extensively perfecting his skills. Vetina also an accomplished chef gained her love and passion for Italian cuisine from her Sicilian mother who taught her traditional recipes from the region throughout her childhood.

The menu brings together a range of dishes from some of the 20 regions of Italy including favourite dishes from Lombardia, Tuscany, Sicily and Puglia regions. Some of these include the crisp and tasty Fritto Misto di Mare – Galway Bay prawns and local fresh cod with succulent calamari coated in Italian seasoning and deep fried to the perfect crunch served with a homemade spicy tomato sauce. Also on the menu is the traditional Sicilian starter Arancini Alla Siciliana or try the Orecchiette Alla Pugliese or Pappardelle Al Ragu D’Anatra and prepare yourself for a taste of Italy you will not forget.

For dessert try one of the many traditional homemade Italian desserts. Roberto’s tiramisu is unrivalled with Paulo once calling it “The best tiramisu I have ever had”. The prices have been kept very competitive, the Lunch menu manages to serve homemade pasta’s, traditional Italian Panini’s and main courses for under €10 served with tea or coffee. Try the new Recession Special, 2 courses and a choice of a soft drink, tea or coffee all for €9.95. This includes the homemade soup of the day and your choice of a traditional Italian Panini or Main Course for less than a tenner!

The extensive wine menu again runs through all the Italian regions and is well priced, try the Frascati Superiore from the Lazio region or the Fiano Di Avellino from the Campania region. For lovers of richer red winesthe Morellino Di Scansano “La Doga” from the Tuscany region is good value.

Il Folletto means the pixie and it really does seem that there is something quite magical about the place. If you love Italian food come to Il Folletto Quay Street and experience the real Italy.”