Simple, rustic, tasty Italian food is the order of the day at this popular and casual East Belfast eatery, inspired by the Italian restaurants on Manhattan's Lower East side and named after veteran cyclist Marco Pantani (‘The Pirate').
Il Pirata is the sister restaurant of Coppi, located in the buzzing Cathedral Quarter. The restaurant is large, warm, bright and friendly. The space a stripped back and eclectic blend of mismatched furniture, white tiles, exposed beams and single hanging light bulbs. At night time, the lights are dimmed and candles lit, and the kitchen and bar area in full view of the diners adds to the buzzing atmosphere.
The kitchen at Il Pirata prides itself in offering guests simple, fresh, well cooked, rustic Italian food and, as one reviewer quoted, "the menu is a thing of beauty".
Dishes range from a mouth-watering variety of Venetian style cichetti to share, to local’s favourite, hearty duck ragu served with homemade gnocchi, spinach and parmesan. Or why not try the Portavogie prawn linguine, fennel, chilli & lemon, the perfect fusion of Ireland and Italy? All sour dough breads, fresh pastas and desserts are made daily in the restaurant’s production kitchen, @ThePastificio.
Alongside our daily menu we also offer a fantastic value lunch menu, served from 12-4pm, Monday to Friday, comprising of £3 starters, £5 main courses and £2 desserts. That’s right, only £10 for three delicious courses! As another reviewer claims, "Sunday lunches were made for sharing, and there's nowhere does sharing better than Il Pirata and its younger sibling Coppi. Rock up on a Sunday and try one of Il Pirata's sharing roasts like the roast stuffed porchetta, braised beef brisket or whole chicken that come with a range of sides like duck fat roast potatoes, spring vegetables and a smoky jus." We promise you won’t be disappointed.
For those who enjoy a cocktail to start, or finish, the night off, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The house speciality Il Pirata Basil Lemonade perhaps or maybe one from the list of prosecco cocktails, such as the Spiced Pear Bellini. Or if beer is more your tipple you can choose between our own Il Pirata lager, local brew Maggies Leap or Italian favourite Peroni on draft.
The service at Il Pirata reflects the restaurant’s ethos. It is relaxed, no fuss and inviting and we genuinely look forward to welcoming all visitors, regular and new, to our little piece of Italy in the east of the city.
Il Pirata gift vouchers are the perfect gift for any foodie in your life. They can be purchased and redeemed in both Il Pirata, and in our sister restaurant Coppi, located in the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast City Centre.
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Free parking nearby. Disabled access. Child-friendly. Gluten free. Cards accepted.