Pizzette, foccatia, fresh pasta, Italian wines, homemade gelato, traditional Italian pastries, and dolci to take home. Got your mouth watering yet? Twin Italian eateries Steps of Rome and Sweet Nosh brought their best and most delicious fare to Dublin Yelpers on Wednesday when they were treated a special Yelp elite party.
If you're looking for the 'real Italian deal', look no further! The Stops of Rome was opened by the Santoro family nearly 20 years ago when they decided to leave Rome and bring Italian cuisine to Dublin. Then in 2012, they went that little step further and opened Sweet Nosh as a replica of the cafes in Italy, bringing traditional patisserie products and scrumptious homemade gelato to Dublin.
'It brought memories of my time in Italy, particularly, in Rome.' Abeagail D even felt like she 'was back in Boston's North End or Little Italy in NYC.' She said 'there are a row of little cafe tables that look upon the tempting range of treats in the cafe's display case, and it's hard to miss a slight sugary aroma.' She did manage to choose a favorite out of the array of savoury treats though; 'it was the mini-flatbreads, which were a perfect size for an appetizer, and had just the right amount of toppings to add flavor and interest, but not dominate the bread.'
In case guests got bored of the ever-flowing food and drink (as if!),'then came opera! Definitely the highlight of the evening' for Melanie W. 'We were entertained with some Italian classics beautifully sung by a very saucy lady. We were even treated with a rendition of the "Cornetto Song". Thanks to Liz Ryan from the Drawing Room Opera Company for the surprise additon to the night!
For anyone who hasn't been to Sweet Nosh before, this is the place to go if you wanna pretend to be bona-fida Italian for the day. Think amazing coffee, wine and aperitifs. Think sweeeeet dolci (deserts) and homemade truffles and gelato. Even Reuben G admitted; 'I'm not one for profiteroles usually, I find them a little dull but the ones made there are unbelievable. They were beautiful to look at and eat.'
Cristiana Conti, Sweet Nosh's best pastry chef also demonstrated how to make a typical Italian dessert using simple ingredients like ricotta cheese, pear & amaretti biscuits, which guests were able to take home with them to demolish later on.
'Wine, tasty and savory little treats, Opera, more sweet cakes and the o-meter was brought into the red when they topped it off with coffee and ice-cream.' We couldn't have said it better oursleves Christian P!
Whether you're looking to experience a typical Italian five course meal, you want to try the coffee that has taxi drivers from the other side of the city for, or you want some handmade, extra sweet extra delicous cakes or deserts for a celebration, we would definitely recommend going no further than The Steps of Rome and Sweet Nosh.
Melanie A 'will definitely be more likely to visit both restaurants more often now having seen first hand the genuine customer service this Italian family serves with every bite you eat. They made a wonderful presentation and it truly only complimented the fine foods and wine :)'
Thanks to both restaurants for the amazing spread they put on, and for the wonderful reception by all of the family for our fabulous Yelpers.
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Your Yelp Dublin Community Manager, Emily C x
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