It may be one of four eateries owned by the same group but this is no chain restaurant. Each of the premises specialises in doing one particular type of food and doing it well. Skinflint’s focus is on pizza. Tucked away down a quiet alley off Dublin’s busy Dame Street this is one of the places I head to almost on a weekly basis as both the pizza and the atmosphere are guaranteed to be excellent.
Tables are fashioned from reclaimed doors covered with glass, with bags of flour and tinned tomatoes stacked against the walls. It’s a relaxed space playing pretty decent music and serving beer in cans. While the main menu is strictly pizza they also serve some really good small bites to start and a decent selection of meatballs as sides. Some of my favourites include the serrano ham cups filled with mac ‘n’ cheese or the French lentil balls with pink béchamel.
But on to the pizza. There are a handful on offer here with specials every week all topped with some of the best Irish cheeses, meat and veg. I usually opt for Viv: griddled spring onions, feta, chilli/garlic, tomato and capers. Or try Breda: spicy sausage, oregano, sautéed onions and smoked Irish cheese. Whatever you decide to go for if you’re going to eat pizza in Dublin then Skinflint is the place.