Rathmines restaurant grabs a pizza glory for Ireland on top EU list

by Gary Ibbotson

Manifesto Restaurant, in Rathmines, has been named one of the best pizzerias in Europe by the prestigious 50TopPizza online guide.

The restaurant, which was ranked at number 35, is owned by Lucio Paduano and is the only Irish restaurant on the list.

Taking the top three places were eateries in London, Paris and Copenhagen, respectively.

An anonymous team of 150 inspectors visit many restaurants across Europe to compile the list, which is updated every year.

Curators of the awards include gastro scientists, culinary masters and food journalists, and the list is highly respected within the pizza community.

Manifesto has a history of winning awards, with its ‘Sofia Loren’ pizza being voted the best in the world in 2010, while it’s ‘Don Corleone’ pizza was voted best in Ireland in 2011.

One of its eye-catching and renowned offerings is the ‘U2 … The Irish Flag’, which features gold organic cherry tomato, mozzarella, gorgonzola and friarielli or broccoli rabe – all organised to represent the tri-colour.

Paduano, who comes from Southern Italy, is a proud third-generation pizza chef and his family has been making delicious pizzas since 1929.

Opened since 2009, Manifesto has been a staple for south Dublin pizza-eaters for just over a decade and its interior matches the quality of its pizzas.

Furnished with wooden beams and exposed brick walls, the establishment is stylish yet rustic, knowing what it is while also not making too much of a fuss about what essentially is a simple food.

Speaking about the announcement, Paduano said: “To be listed among the top 50 pizzerias in Europe is a huge honour for us.

“At Manifesto, we work so hard, using premium ingredients in all our pizzas, and being Italian, authenticity is at the heart of everything we do.

“This listing recognises our hard work and effort, and myself and the whole team are extremely grateful.”

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