The Dough Bros in Galway City have made been named in the 50 Top Pizza (Europe) for 2020 list, one of just two Irish restaurants to make it and the first from the west of Ireland.
Eugene and Ronan Greaney who run The Dough Bros were named at number 21 by the judging panel at a ceremony held in Milan earlier this Month.
The awards highlight talent and the dedication of pizza which go beyond the city of Naples. The ceremony was live streamed around Europe to over 75,000 people and history was made by this Irish family for the very first time.
“The ‘50 Top Pizza Guide’ to the Best Pizzerias in the World’ is like the Pizza worlds Michelin Guide. We were visited unannounced at our restaurant on Middle Street, upon that visit we were unknowingly judged on the pizza, the ingredients, the execution of the cooking etc but also the standard of service, experience, beer and wine list,“ explained Eugene. “The awards are based on pure merit and are judged by the best, from Naples Italy, who travelled the length and breadth of Europe to find the Top 50.”
Since beginning in 2013, The Dough Bros Pizza was inspired by Naples but in this they have married the best of Irish produce and their own personalities to create what is now a household brand and style of pizza.
The secret is in the making and dedication to quality every time as they prove their dough for between 48-72 hours then pair it with seasonal local produce and finally cooking it in a 500-degree Stefano Ferrara wood fired oven.
Working with Toons Bridge Dairy, Sliabh Aughty Honey, Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen and more, The Dough Bros bring the best of Irish cheese & charcuterie meats and pair them with ‘00’ flour and San Marzano tomato sourced from Naples.
Adding elements like Galway honey for a sweetness and a flavour punch found on one of their best sellers The Peter Stinger that celebrates Irish produce at its best. The recipe features Toons Bridge fresh fior di latte (Co Cork), parmesan, fresh basil, Gubbeen Chorizo (Co. Cork) fresh chilli, finished with hot honey (Co. Galway).
In February, Eugene and Ronan heard from Top 50 Pizza that they had been visited and would learn in a number of weeks if they made the top 50, which would mean a trip to Milan would have been on the cards in September to pick up the award. Fast forward into the middle of lockdown and the bros received the news that they had in fact made the Top 50.
“This was surreal. We were all in different houses and away from each other so even though we were over the moon about our Top 50 news, we really didn’t feel it as we were apart and in the midst of this pandemic, it was almost like it didn’t seem real.”
The awards in Milan of course could not go ahead but the organisers were not going to let a year’s work not be celebrated and they live streamed the event instead.
“We were all naturally devastated not to be travelling to Milan, to meet our peers and to experience this brilliant moment for us, our families and our business. But we decided we would not let the big night pass us by. We were adamant to mark this massive international award with those that have been there from the start.”
The Dough Bros went all out, and created their very own black tie, formal event. The location of course was their own family home and with their tuxes on from Galway Institution for formal wear Martin Feeney, the lads were ready to tune in online and find out just where they were ranked in the Top 50 Pizzerias in Europe.
“We rented tuxes, borrowed a projector from mates, had a slap-up meal with plenty of wine and watched the countdown live with family and loved ones on the big screen. To be in the Top 50 was a lifetime achievement in itself but to be named at no 21 was something we are incredibly proud of. It’s a huge win for The Dough Bros but also for pizza in Ireland and Irish food in general. These awards rarely pass Dublin so it’s a huge win for the west too. Our goal was to revolutionise pizza in Ireland and put Irish pizza on the International map, and it feels like we have done that.
“In the end it worked out the exact way it was supposed to. Instead of being in Milan, we were at our home house, where it all began with the food truck, with family and loved ones who all helped us make it in the early days. Just 7 years ago we were in a food truck at farmers markets so to see our name called at no 21 in Europe was a feeling and a night we will never forget,” said Eugene and Ronan Greaney.