Torrino’s Restaurant, tucked up a lane way off Westport’s main street is one of the best places for Pizza in Mayo. Voted “Ireland’s best place to Live” in 2013, Westport is a busy seaside town, bustling with tourists who like a nice pint of Guinness while visiting the stunning beaches on Ireland’s West Coast.
Torrino’s is a great example of an Italian restaurant marketed and adapted to a western audience. Big pieces of Chicken or Beef smothered in pasta that in Italy would most likely be without meat. Thin, crispy oven cooked pizzas with inventive toppings from Smokey Bacon and Cream Cheese to Potato and Red Onion are some of the best I’ve tasted in Europe.
If like me, you are a fan of thin based, crispy pizzas, Torrinos is Heaven. On a warm summer’s day, the avocado and prawn pizza with a nice glass of Rose is just what summer-time is made for.
I always make a point to visit when I’m in Westport and last week I ventured in to sample one of the pizza’s I had been craving for the last 8 months whilst in London.
To start I had the Chilli Prawns. So simple, but so so tasty! Drop of Brandy, bit of garlic and lots of fresh chilli—delish! My partners in crime both sampled the Connemara Smoked Salmon and the Salumi Platter. A mixture of Italian cheese and cured meats with mixed olives, perfect for sharing. Before we had our starters we were served some crusty bread with basil pesto and sun-dried tomato. We ordered a bottle of the House Red, a young Montepulciano, light but not too light and very, very moreish.
For mains, I went for the classic Smokey Bacon and Cream Cheese Pizza. If I have a starter (and I always do), I never finish the whole pizza. The 12” pizza is light, thin based and very crispy. Topped with spinach, onion, peppers, bacon, mozzarella and cream cheese, it also has an essential sprinkle of black pepper which gives it some added bite. Also ordered for main course was the Pollo Romano. Tagliatelle with white wine, cream, garlic, chicken breast, blue cheese and spinach. Finished with a sprinkling of chopped almonds. Absolutely delicious. Not for those counting calories, but when in Rome…who cares? We also ordered the fillet of Cod with cracked wheat salad. The fish, like the salad was incredibly fresh and bursting with flavour.
We didn’t have a dessert, because frankly, we couldn’t move. My favourite part of the meal came with the waitress bringing us some complimentary shots of Limoncello. The perfect aperitif to wake us up again. From the Venice themed paintings to the Italian music playing in the background, Torrino’s gives just the right amount of Italy in the West of Ireland.
10 Market Lane,
Co. Mayo, Ireland
T. +353 98 28338