Source: Tiger Wood Fire Pizza & Bake via Facebook
Pizza, the ultimate comfort food, the archetypal fast-food delivery item, the delectably versatile meal loved the world over, has gone through many different iterations in its long history. Of course, it all began in Naples, Italy in the late 18th to early 19th century with Jeyoun, which was an early version of the now hugely popular Neapolitan variety of the circular delight. Since then it has evolved in different cultures, with American offerings considered miles apart from their thin-based, subtler European ancestors. Other major cities across the world are also getting in on the act, and now Dublin is beginning to make a name for itself on the pizza map.
Although Naples and New York are the two main locations that come to mind when people think about pizza, other places are trying to compete with these giants by doing things slightly differently. For instance, the Maze restaurant in London is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most expensive pizza in the world. It costs $250 (€295) and is a thin crust topped with onion puree, white truffle paste, fontina cheese, baby mozzarella, pancetta, and shavings of rare Italian white truffle. There are other pizzas that can beat this one for lavishness, such as the Pizza Royale 007 at Haggis restaurant in Glasgow. It costs a whopping $4,200 (€3,534) and is covered with caviar, lobster, and 24-carat gold dust. This hasn’t been recognised by the Guinness World Records, however.
Despite one pizza lover in Cork nearly getting charged an astonishing amount for a pizza by accident, Ireland-based pizza restaurants tend to stick to pizza’s humble origins. Instead of trying to get discovered due to extravagance and expensive ingredients, a pizzeria in Dublin is making waves with its dedication to providing the tastiest experience possible. The brand new Tiger Wood Fire Pizza has carved a niche for itself as one of Dublin’s best pizza places in a short space of time, according to delivery site www.deliveroo.ie foodscene blog. In fact, the restaurant owned by Tadhg Leonard was nominated for Dublin’s Best Takeaway at the 98FM public-voted Best of Dublin awards this summer. The restaurant prides itself on putting taste first, and making sure that the quality is of the utmost standard every single time.
It is clear that the Dublin pizza scene is improving at a rapid rate, and Tiger Wood Fire Pizza isn’t the only place worthy of mentioning here. Since 2016, the already flourishing scene got a whole lot better with the addition of a number of new places which have helped to raise the overall standard in the city. Some of the best places around include The Yarn, Gaillot and Gray, The Dublin Pizza Company, and Pallet Pizza.
It may be a long time before Dublin reaches the dizzying heights of world-famous pizza cities like New York, Chicago, and Naples, but with these excellent pizza places cropping up about town more regularly, the scene is clearly going to keep improving.
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