Fans who were disappointed by the closure of the former Capri Bay, in Youghal, are now delighted to find Gerald Esposito and the crew (including the famous singing waiter) just a little to the west, where they are running a bigger restaurant at The Green Barn retail complex (garden centre and kitchen shop). If anything, the move has given them a lift and the food is better than ever.
It's spacious, with large windows on two sides and outside seating for fine weather and - with timber flooring, white walls, exposed beams and solid wooden tables and chairs - it has a simple, down to earth ambience that suits the style of food well.
The focal point is a big brick pizza oven, and there's an extensive range of pizza - including half a dozen 'super pizza' proudly attributed to students at a local school - and their excellent pasta dishes (check out the brilliant Ravioli Granceola, with crab meat in a fresh peccadillo tomato sauce).
But there is much more to The Green Barn than pasta and pizza. The day begins early, with a breakfast menu that offers not only the full/mini /vegetarian Irish, but also some less predictable omelettes and scrambled egg dishes with Italian touches, such as fresh tomato concassé, Italian cooked ham, and Parmesan or Pecorino cheese.
Later in the day, the menu expands. There's a great choice of starters: wild mushroom risotto with saffron is a regular well worth trying, or perhaps fried calamari with lemon & lime may or the excellent goats cheese bruschetta with caramelised onions and roasted red peppers.
For mains, there are all those pastas and pizzas - try a classic carbonara, perhaps or a Granchio pizza (with crab and basil) - but also some very tempting dishes such as Saltimbocca; a combination of veal medallions, Parma ham and sage, cooked in a butter white wine sauce finished with fresh parsley, the sauce is irresistible and it is full of great flavours, textures and aromas.
And regulars will be glad to know that the lovely specials, often local fish, are still available. There are usually three or four specials, typically including salmon with sun dried tomatoes, fish pie with salad, cottage pie and a chicken, all reasonably priced.
Tempting desserts, include all the Italian stapes (tiramisu, panna cotta, etc) and also some 'Irish' ones like carrot cake.
Good coffee to finish and, while there isn't a wine list as such, there are a couple of very acceptable house wines.
They also have a Italian/Irish Kids Menu and food quality across the board is excellent, well cooked and presented; even the side dishes are pleasing to the eye. Everything is cooked from scratch and they do their best to cater for dietary requirements, including making coeliac friendly dishes.
Service is excellent - staff are very friendly and do the job efficiently.
There's also a little shop selling sauces and oils etc, if you'd like a taste of Italy to take home. Gerald, Honorata and their staff certainly hit the ground running when they moved to Killeagh and it looks set to be a longterm success.