Eileen Dunne met Stefano Crescenzi in Rome in the early 90's. They married and moved to Dublin in 1995, where they started their first little business- a shop in Sutton. Selling fine Italian wines, salumi and cheeses, they soon realised that customers were enjoying their taste of Italy, and interested in learning more.
In 1999, Dunne & Crescenzi in South Frederick street opened. Serving simple Italian food with the best quality ingredients, authentically Italian hospitality, and excellent Italian wines, Eileen and Stefano, in Tom Doorley's words "changed the way the Irish eat".
The past 15 years have seen the birth of 4 more restaurants, 2 La Corte cafés and an alimentari adjacent to the original restaurant on South Frederick street.
In October 2011, Eileen celebrated the launch of her book: 'Dunne and Crescenzi: The Menu'. comprising her favourite recipes from the flagship location in South Frederick Street and beautifully accompanied by photographs by Federica Crescenzi, the youngest of her 4 children. The other children are all involved in the company in some shape or form.
Now in 2015, we have five restaurants in total- another Dunne & Crescenzi in Sandymount, Dublin 4, Bar Italia in Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, as well as two L'Officina restaurants- one in Dundrum Town Centre and the other in Kildare Village. The restaurants, each similar but with its own unique elements, are related to each other, rather than a chain. Rather than striving for the exact same dish in each restaurant, you can see each Italian head chef's personality and flair in their own restaurant's dishes.
With this kind of attention to detail in place, there is little doubt that Dunne and Crescenzi will continue to flourish. A welcoming Italian atmosphere that breeds conversation and good times; dishes of the highest quality that support Irish producers as well as spreading the message of simple, traditional cooking using fresh ingredients; a wine list that boasts over 180 different labels from all over Italy; waiting staff, baristas and chefs that hail from Italy themselves, having grown up with the philosophy and ethos of Italian cuisine culture; like a fine red wine, Dunne and Crescenzi just keeps getting better and better.
It is Italy...on your doorstep.