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 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 and rustic Italian food.
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.
Alongside the daily menu, Il Pirata also offers a fantastic value lunch menu, served from 12-4pm, Monday to Friday, comprising of £3 starters, £5 main courses and £2 desserts; and a Sunday sharing roast with a range of sides that has received exceptional reviews.
For those who enjoy a cocktail to start, you’ll be spoiled for choice, from the house speciality Il Pirata Basil Lemonade to the Spiced Pear Bellini. Or if beer is more your tipple you can choose between 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 they genuinely look forward to welcoming all visitors, regular and new, to a 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 their sister restaurant Coppi, located in the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast City Centre.
Need to know
- Free parking nearby
- Disabled access
- Gluten-free options
- Cards accepted.