Dublin chipper offering wine service with takeaways this Valentine’s

by Rachel Darcy

One of Dublin’s favourite takeaways will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in an innovative way – by offering fine Italian wine with your chips!

Romayo’s Clonsilla branch will be offering the option of ordering a red or white wine with your chipper meal for Valentine’s Day. The are the first Romayo branch to secure a wine licence, and have done so to make it easier for customers to order a complete sit-down meal from one place.

“We realise that not many customers think to order chip shop food on Valentine’s Day, but with some Italian wine you may get away with it – especially as an accompaniment to our Italian pizza and ice-cream,” said Dominic Macari of Romayo’s.

“This meal is actually a recreation of a Valentine’s Day date I enjoyed with my girlfriend Patricia, now my wife, in an Italian restaurant back in the 80s. We’re making it possible to recreate this experience at home.”

The wine on offer includes a red Bove ‘Roggio Antico’ Montepulciano D’Abruzzo or white Bove ‘Roggio Antico’ Trebbiano D’Abruzzo, which costs a reasonable €8.95 with certain meals, and €14.95 per bottle with other meals.

Since launching in Clonsilla two weeks ago, Romayo’s – a recent winner of Ireland’s Best Chipper at the Just Eat National Takeaway Awards – says it has proven a popular addition to many of its orders, including its Big 5 deal.

“The Big 5 is one of our best sellers as it offers such a great value for €11.95. It consists of a Pizza, chicken goujons, chips, onion rings and dip. Add a bottle of wine and it costs just under €21. You can go all-out Italian by ordering our Morelli ice-cream for dessert,” said Dominic.

One of five Romayo’s in Dublin 15, the 50-seat diner in Clonsilla opened in 1992 and is one of its busiest. It was also one of the first takeaways to start home deliveries in 1995 but particularly in recent months as the swing towards delivery accelerated during the pandemic.

(In full compliance with alcohol licensing laws, wine must be purchased with food, and customers must show proof of age / identity on delivery or collection. Last orders for wine delivery is 9.45pm.)

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