Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Il Fico Italiano

That’s Amore: 1. Michael Leonard & Inge Burnis; 2. Pippa O’Connor, Georgia Salpa & Rosanna Davison; 3. Tara Reynolds & Andrea Roche. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

Already a big success in Naas and a firm favourite with leading lights in Kildare Il Fico restaurant has just opened a new branch in Kilcullen. The success story continues for hotelier Michael Leonard and Sicilian chef Matheo Patti as they celebrated the launch of the latest addition, taking over the old Riverside Restaurant and bringing 25 new jobs to the area.

This smart restaurant with its opulent interior is a treasure trove of style and elegance in a beautiful settling on the river Liffey and brings and a whole new dining and entertainment offering to the area.

The owners and new management were joined for dinner by some of Ireland’s top models such as Georgia Salpa, Tiffany Stanley and Andrea Roche. Also among the guests were Pippa O’Connor and Brian Ormond, Andy and Tara Reynolds, new mum Elaine Roddy and Berni Cafolla, whose sister Patricia Roe wowed everyone with her great voice (she’s there every Sat and Sun).

Il Fico embraces authentic Italian cooking using only the finest freshest ingredients and homemade pastas. Pizza’s are cooked in a traditional clay oven and with their thin base and rich toppings are mouth-wateringly seductive. Like all good Italian eateries, the over-riding feeling is benvenuti.