L’Officina is Italian for ‘the workshop’; like it’s twin in Dundrum, this is a place where tradition meets the modern age and meld the two to form something that transcends both. L’Officina Kildare offers the tastes and flavours of historical Italy with a fresh twist in a location where urban metropolis juxtaposes pastoral Ireland in the rolling landscape of Co. Kildare – akin to the L’Officina cooking style, the line between new and old blur.
Kildare Town itself is a veritable treasure trove of historical locations so explore the history of this great isle before dining on a delicious Italian meal that, like most of Kildare, has foundations that predate modern history.
Fresh tomatoes on moreish bread drizzled in extra virgin olive oil, the classic Italian bruschetta makes a wonderful snack while lounging outside on our sun-kissed frontage – when the sun shines, L’Officina would not look out of place on the streets of Rome or Florence.Kildare Town, and therefore L’Officina, is best reached by car or train if coming from Dublin.
From the City Centre, take the N81 (Dame Street), until Jury’s Inn. At his point leave the N81 for High Street (do not turn left after Jury’s) and continue on this road until you come to a T-junction at the end of Emmet Road. Turn left onto Tyrconnell Road (at the Black Lion pub) and continue straight. Maintain this course – the road will change to the Naas Road. Follow the signs for Limerick/Cork (N8)/Waterford (N7). continue along the N7, joining the M7, until Junction 13 – Kildare/Nurney. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit, continuing through the ensuing roundabout. At the third and final roundabout, take the 3rd exit into Kildare Village.
Kildare lies on the route between Dublin and the majority of urban areas in the South and Southwest: Cork, Limerick , Tralee, Waterford and Galway. As such, the trains run quite frequently – every 25-30 mins on average.*
From the train station, turn right onto Station Road and follow the signs for the N7 and Kildare Village.