Simple, rustic, tasty Italian food is the order of the day at this East Belfast eatery. The whole area is now something of a foodie hotspot and Il Pirata was one of the first places to open up in Ballyhackamore. All of the pasta, sourdough breads and desserts are made fresh daily at Portview Kitchen, their very own development kitchen, and home of the Coppi Truck.
It is inspired by the Italian restaurants on Manhattan’s Lower East side and named after veteran cyclist Marco Pantani (‘The Pirate’), Il Pirata menu ranges from Venetian style cichetti to share, to delicious plates of local Shellfish Linguini or local’s favourite Tagliatelli Carbonara to savour.
The homemade gnocchi is served with a deep, rich duck ragu, while the Prawn Puttanesca is a perfect fusion of Ireland and Italy. The Pastificio and an amazing ‘Porchette’ (pork) sharing roast on a Sunday, trust us, your tastebuds will thank you for visiting. They offer an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu, delicious daily specials, as well as a fantastic value 3-5-2 lunch menu, available Monday – Friday, noon – 4pm.
Opening times: Monday – Thursday 12-3pm, 5-10pm; Friday 12-3pm, 5-11pm; Saturday 12pm-11pm; Sunday 12pm-9pm.