Baggot Street pizzeria revealed as one of top 50 in Europe

by Rachel Darcy

A Dublin pizzeria has been revealed as one of the Best European Pizzerias by a prestigious online guide.

Cirillo’s Pizzeria on Baggot Street placed at number 16 in the ranking of Best European Pizzerias by the prestigious 50 Top Pizza online guide to the best Italian and European Pizzerias.

The results are based on a survey following by an anonymous judging visit and were announced online from Milan last Tuesday.

The judges said: “The establishment, which is also a restaurant, was opened in 2016 by James Cirillo.  He is of Italian origin; his mother is Irish, and his father is from Caserta. The atmosphere is more like that of a Pub than a Pizzeria, but there is no doubt about the product.

“The pizza is remarkably like the traditional Neapolitan pizza, well risen and, more importantly, well baked. There is an obsessive research into Italian products, from the tomatoes to the extra virgin olive oil. A real surprise was finding some excellent friarielli!

“The service is very attentive, the Italian spirit is all in the food and not flaunted in a folkloristic way. Obviously, a good selection of beers. The best in Dublin.”

James Cirillo welcomed the news. He said: “This is a huge achievement for Cirillo’s and particularly welcome right now. We take great pride in the quality of our ingredients and to have that acknowledged is wonderful!”  

Cirillo’s offers Italian food for lunch and dinner from concise, modern but authentic menus, with pizza and pasta on offer. The pasta, breads, pizza dough and ice creams in-store are all made fresh in house every day.  

A choice of regional Italian wines from boutique producers and craft beers accompanies the menus.

Lunch is served Monday to Thursday, 12 midday to 3pm, and dinner from 5pm ‘til late. Open all day and evening on Friday and Saturday from 1pm. Sunday from 5pm.

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