Cotto is a welcome addition to the Stoneybatter food scene, and is something of a triple threat. Excellent weekend brunch (the Mexican baked eggs pictured here are even better than they look) can be washed down with delicious coffee from Dublin’s first micro-roastery Cloud Picker. They have just started to serve the same weekday lunch menu as their sister-cafe Oxmantown (try the pastrami and sauerkraut sandwich called The Ruby, it’s divine); and they do genuinely incredible pizzas by night from Wednesday to Saturday (try the mouthwatering Salami Piccante with some Harissa dip, it’s my favourite weekend treat). It could be argued, therefore, that Cotto caters to most needs in life!
The vibe here is understated, with an emphasis on simple, fresh ingredients. The evening menu is split into three sections: ‘Pizza’, ‘Before/With Pizza’ and ‘After Pizza’ (…and ‘Salads’, but that’s not as fun!). All pizzas arrive on very thin, tasty crusts, allowing the fresh, flavourful toppings to dominate and ensuring that you don’t leave in a food coma. A small selection of well-paired wines and beers (Sierra Nevadas are my favourite) is also available.
There are all but seven options on the brunch menu, but the same care and attention that goes into the evening menu is maintained. For something very different from any other Dublin brunch that I’ve tasted, opt for the Lebanese breakfast plate: Flatbread, tabbouleh, boiled egg, artichoke hummus, tomato, cucumber and olives. It’s a sure-fire way to get your weekend off to a fresh start.