January 7, 2002
I stopped by here New Year's Eve, after one of the restaurants down the street had turned me away (silly me, no reservation for dinner on New Year's Eve!) Luckily, Ciao Bella Roma made room for me at a cozy table in a corner.
The menu features mainly pasta and pizzas; about 20 or so different kinds of pizza were offered, and they all looked tempting. However, wanting something a bit lighter, I chose Rigatoni all Amatriciana, which is rigatoni pasta in a tomato sauce with herbs, cheese, and ground meat. I tried an Italian beer, Nastro Azzurro, which was quite nice. I'd thought a salad came with my pasta, but either it didn't or the server forgot it. Since it was New Year's Eve, I decided to splurge and ordered Cassatta for dessert, which was fabulous! There are layers of ice cream, whipped cream and tutti frutti.....worth every calorie, I assure you! A cappuccino topped of my meal nicely.
I thought the service was decent, especially for New Year's Eve, and I was especially impressed that they were able to make room for me at the last minute. The owner seems to keep watch over his staff to assure that things ran smoothly.
From journal Dublin: Baile A’tha Cliath