DiFontaine’s, quite simply, is the best pizza in Dublin.
Nestled on the outskirts of Temple Bar, right beside the quays, it’s a prime location to intercept hungry drunkards from all sides at 02:00, which is probably its peak time. A tiny spot with a few counter seats, it’s a place to grab a slice rather than a sit-down meal, but I guarantee you won’t want to sit anyway.
Making great pizza is the staff’s first priority, but blasting great tunes seems to be a close second. Several times I’ve encountered impromptu dance-parties breaking out here once the bars close, involving chefs and customers alike, and they’re always the best part of my night!
The pizza (granted I always see it through Guinness-tinted glasses) is the closest thing to a New York slice I’ve tasted here – and with good reason. Bizarrely, one of the original investors was Huey Morgan of New York band Fun Lovin’ Criminals, stating at the time: “the people need pizza here, like really badly.” Fair play. Legend has it he fell in love with us after the band’s first Irish gig, and soon got involved with local causes close to his heart – namely pubs and pizza. Gigantic slices, thick stone-baked dough, proper Italian San Marzano sauce and a huge array of drool-worthy varieties, each named after an NYC landmark, await you.
Always stuffed after a slice, it’s hard to fathom that they also do full 20″ pizzas. Order at your own risk, I say! And yes, that’s a challenge…