Ever since we first came across Via Veneto, it never ceases to surprise and delight. Undoubtadly one of the finest and most authentic Italian restaurants in the country, this family run spot is worth a detour on any trip in the South East.
This restaurant looks authentic. Rustic chairs and tables, roughly pastered white walls and lots of wood combine to produce a very warm and friendly impression. The kitchen is open to the room, with the fresh fish on display to it's front.
Owner paolo Fresilli and his wife Diane are always on hand to make sure everything is perfect. They constantly try new menus and the wine list is second to none. The menu is long, with about eight antipastas and a selection of soups. The main courses are divided in pastas, fish, meat dishes and specialities and run over four or so pages. .
This is Paolo's favourite Italian restaurant and here is what he recently wrote,
Perhaps my biggest surprise, as well as my most pleasurable visit, was finding a real Italian restaurant in Enniscorthy. By ‘real’ I mean one that doesn’t make compromises with the cooking to pander to an Irish palate. You won’t find cream in the carbonara in Via Veneto, you’ll get it exactly as you would in Italy with no cream. Every dish I’ve had there is precise, exact, honest and true to the original recipe. I’ve waited thirty years to say that, and I’m delighted that finally Ireland has an Italian restaurant that truly lives up to its name. Better still, the new Gorey bypass means Enniscorthy isn’t far away any more.
Via Veneto is a find. Great food unlooked for is always more special. You won't find garlic butter anywhere, or butter for that matter. What you will get is authentic Italian food prepared with love and care, and really you couldn't ask for more.