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Where to Eat the Best Italian Pizza in Dublin in 2020

Where to eat the best Italian pizza in Dublin? Let’s find out together!
If you are visiting this page, it’s most likely you’re looking for information on the best Italian pizza place in Italy, possibly in the best places where Italians love to eat their pizza.

First of all, welcome. Second of all, in this article, you’ll find the answer to your question “where can I eat the best Italian pizza in Dublin according to Italians?“. Yes, we are Italians, we know a thing or two about pizza and we want to share with you what are the places we go when we don’t want to make our traditional Italian pizza at home.

We recommend you read this guide from top to bottom but if you’re in a rush, just use the Table of Contents to navigate through the different sections of this guide to the best real Italian pizza in Dublin.

Can you really have a proper Italian pizza in Dublin?

Yes, nowadays you can. There has been a boom in recent years, many new pizza places have opened, many claim they make the best Italian pizza ever but in reality, very few people really make pizza as we do in Italy, few use Italian ingredients and the Italian method of making pizza. So, at the risk of sounding annoying and also posh, make sure you really know the place you’re going to eat your pizza in Dublin and make sure it’s really Italian.

Of course, with so many pizza places your choice is (almost) infinite but you must know that you probably are not going to eat a real Italian pizza in Dublin if you don’t go to an Italian place where the pizzaiolo (aka the pizza maker) is also Italian.

Also, don’t trust the “Neapolitan-inspired” pizza places in Dublin because they don’t live up to their expectations. Again, you can go by understanding you’re not eating Italian pizza. Punto.

Can you tell me more about Italian pizza?

You may already know that there’s not just one way to make Italian pizza because every single region has its own recipe. There are a few things you need to remember: pizza is something peculiar of Southern Italy, specifically Rome and Naples, with Naples being officially the capital of pizza.

In fact, there are only two recognized types of Italian pizza: the one from Rome and the one from Naples, with the first being thin and crunchy and the second being soft and chewy.

Focaccia is focaccia, so it’s not pizza: it’s an amazing product but it’s not considered pizza in Italy, so it’s out the equation.

The Best Italian Pizza in Dublin Where to Eat Like an Italian

These are the best Italian pizza places in Dublin, according to an Italian from Rome and an Italian from Naples, both living in Dublin. We may know a thing or two about pizza, we have our personal taste and opinion on what style is the best but these places live up to our expectations, treat us well, make us feel like at home (despite the fact that we would never pay 15 euro for a Margherita pizza that in Italy costs us 5 euro, but this is another story).

1. Forno 500

So far, the best pizza place in Dublin. Forno 500, located in Dame Street, is the only pizzeria in Dublin officially certified by the AVPN – The True Neapolitan Pizza Association. The reason is simple: the pizza is amazing, the dough is the one you can find in Naples, the ingredients are Italian and come from Italy. Surely there’s a bit of contamination on the menu, but honestly, the pizza is what we expect when I’m in Naples. We don’t even miss home anymore when it comes to pizza ’cause the guys at Forno ‘500, so far, have really conquered us.

Address: Forno 500, 74 Dame St, Dublin

2. Cirillo’s

Cirillo’s is centrally located in Baggot Street and here you can eat a Neapolitan-style pizza. Despite the limited space, having a pizza at Cirillo’s is just a joy: the Salsiccia & Friarielli (Mozzarella, Italian sausage & friarielli, broccoli from Naples) is amazing. Side note: some of the pizzas are everything but Italian, those pizzas Italians won’t never era. But the list also includes traditional pizzas and here is where Cirillo shines.

Address: Cirillo’s 140 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin

3. Manifesto

Far from the city center, Il Manifesto is one of the most famous places in Dublin for eating Italian pizza and it’s also the first place that helped us feel at home a bit more. After a few years of mixed fortunes, now the pizza is really good again and also the staff is. The pizza is cooked in the wood-fired oven and one of the most hazardous and amazing pizza is the one with mortadella and pistachios.

Address: Manifesto, 208 Rathmines Rd Lower, Rathmines, Dublin

4. Wallace Taverna

Located in the heart of the Italian Quarter, Wallace is a great place if you’re looking for a real Italian pizza while in the city center. Ingredients are from the best companies from Italy (the use of the Petra flour is remarkable and it’s easily recognizable if you know what I mean). The pizza base is a little bit on the thin side if compared to the previous ones, but it’s very good and the toppings are just put off this world.

Address: Wallace Taverna, 24 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin

Why your list doesn’t include places that every other website include?

Because we are not “every other website”, we are Italians, and we know what an Italian pizza is. We’ve tested the “Italian” pizza at the other places almost everyone recommends. We know that there are other places you may expect in this list, but none of them is up to our personal Italian standards: whether is the dough or the condiments, or even the fact they offer side sauces for your pizza (Whaaaaattt?), at the moment there are no other places that we can honestly recommend where to eat a real Italian pizza in Dublin.

Are you fussy in judging Italian pizza?

A lot, and we don’t really deny or hide it. At the end of the day, it’s our responsibility to tell people what are the real Italian places where to eat, and to avoid sending them to places that are not Italian at all. Then, it’s up to you to follow or not follow our advice… at your risk, if you choose not to!

[This post is an “always in progress”. I’ll add new places if I try and I think they can be recommended. None of these places have paid or given me a free pizza for my review here]

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Veruska Anconitano
Veruska is a freelance content marketer and digital strategist. She's an accredited journalist, a member of the British Guild of Travel Writer, and a certified sommelier. She's the co-owner of TheFoodellers and a bunch of other websites.
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