Cirillo’s on Dublin’s Baggot Street has been announced as No. 16 in the ranking of Best European Pizzerias by the 50 Top Pizza online guide to the best Italian and European Pizzerias.
The results are based on a survey followed by an anonymous judging visit, and were announced online from Milan.
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, saying: “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 authentic Italian food for lunch and dinner from concise, modern but authentic menus of antipasti, pasta dishes and wood fired pizzas. Pasta, breads, pizza dough and ice creams are all made fresh in house every day. The pizza oven was imported from Naples and burns a blend of Irish oak and ash. The pizza dough is slow proved for 30 hours using a recipe from the Head Pizzaiolo Daniele Accardo. A choice of regional Italian wines from boutique producers and craft beers accompanies the menus, with a choice of five takes on the Italian Spritz as an aperitif.
Lunch is served Monday to Thursday, 12 midday to 3pm, and dinner from 5pm until late. Open all day and evening on Friday and Saturday from 1pm, and Sunday from 5pm.