Established in 2008 as La Fantasia and rebranded Tullio's in 2016, Davide Tullio’s deservedly popular restaurant is a cross-cultural culinary gem: the best of Irish enhanced by an engaging Italian who offers authentic cooking in an appealing setting.
You can't miss it - with its colourful façade and the tricolore Italiano of red, white and green, Tullio's stands out on a street of grey. Inside too, all is colour and warmth, like the owner himself.
A classic Italian menu offers tasty versions of all the usual favourites. Expect starters like calamari, prawns,bruschetta and baked goat’s cheese wrapped in parma ham, with prices starting at around €5. Mains - from around €12-13.50 for vegetarian dishes - include classic meat pastas such as carbonara and spaghetti con polpette, chicken dishes such as pollo romano, and there will be daily meat specials (veal saltimbocca, perhaps) and daily seafood specials based on availability - lobster, monkfish, turbot are all possible, depending on supply.
There are terrific pizzas too, of course, and everything id based on a mixture of speciality Italian ingredients and fresh locally sourced food - meats come from McCarron’s butchers down the road in Raphoe, for example, and all seafood is local.
Bottled beers are offered along with a good and reasonably priced wine list that includes some bottles for special occasions, as well as good everyday value.
Genuine tasty food and great service make this warmly inviting and very family-friendly place a must visit if you are in Letterkenny.
The menu is extensive. There are over a dozen starters, many of which can also be ordered as a main course. There are plenty of meat-based pasta dishes, but also no shortage of fish pastas, including a tempting fettuccine pescatora (with squid, monkfish, swordfish, mussels, clams and skipper scallops), and vegetarian pastas too.
The pizza menu ranges from the classic Margherita to a calzone, all in three different sizes. Chicken dishes, fish dishes and steak are also on offer, as well as a number of specials, including a wine of the month.
The staff, who are from Ireland and Italy, are friendly, chatty, efficient and attentive, helping you to enjoy the food and the lovely ambience in a comfortable and inviting space in the heart of Letterkenny.