We recently had an hour to spend en route from Dublin to Mount Mellick , and decided to stop in Emo for Lunch. This Italian Restaurant is a really hidden gem in Emo. It’s directly opposite the entrance to Emo Court. Jordan and I had visited there a number of years ago for a schools orienteering event, but had never spotted Batoni’s.
Although it looked closed driving by, once in the car park there’s a lovely entrance into the restaurant. We were seated immediately, and just to note, if I ever own a restaurant, I want those chairs. SO comfortable.
The menu was really nicely presented and the specials clear- too clear- and delicious. Nigel went for the Pate dello Chef (duck pate), and I the Bruschetta Contadina. As a teeny aside, I’ve been learning Italian using the cool little Duolingo App, and really thought my language skills in this area were improving greatly. Alas when I proudly ordered my starter in my BESTEST Italian accent, our server corrected my pronunciation without a second glance. Total MORTO. I really enjoyed the starter, despite my inability to pronuonce it! Both were unusually plated, but gave it uniqueness.
Main courses were as good, I went for Lasagna, and was not disappointed at all. Nigel had the special Linguine con Coniglio (rabbit pasta).
I’m not sure who got the better deal.
And although I’m a BIG Dessert fan, I really couldn’t fit in anything else. The only downside for me was the cheesecake special -Nutella and Strawberry Cheesecake.
a) Not a fan of Nutella AT ALL
b) Nutella and Strawberry WHA?
I had managed to have a really nice glass of Pinot Grigio with my meal, and would have quite happily sat having another glass, but we had to move on. After a very strong coffee (too strong for me- so himself had to have the equivalant of three espressos!), we paid and left. Very satisfied.
Sometimes I fear, I am guilty of thinking that restaurants outside of major towns are not as busy or offer the same quality of food. I was put firmly in my place here. It was a real diamond.
Easily Accessible: Yes
Price: Mid Range but definitely value for money
Food: Very Good Authentic Italian with their own stamp.