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Hello, I am Paola Bassanese, founder and chief editor of Athlone Diaries. I am a freelance food, drink and lifestyle writer with several years of experience. I have contributed to the Huffington Post and write for Hubpages. I have also founded Energya and Digital Nomad Europe.

My favourite food is pizza (I am a self-appointed pizza nerd) but I am also partial to Thai food, fusion cuisine and a good barbecue.

Athlone has an exciting food and drink scene and has some of the most amazing restaurants I have dined at. It is my mission to share my dining experiences in Athlone with a wide audience and put Athlone firmly on Ireland’s food map.

Do you have a recommendation for a good restaurant in Athlone? Are you a restaurateur who has some amazing news to share? Please contact me at paola@energya.co.uk.