There was great news for Dublin’s Little Pyg earlier this month with word that it had secured No. 27 in the prestigious rankings of the 50 Top Pizza online guide to the best Italian and European Pizzerias. The hotly contested awards, based on an anonymous judging visit, saw restaurants from thirty-three countries make it to the final shakedown, with Little Pyg being the sole Irish representative in the final roll call this year.
Accepting the award at a ceremony in Barcelona, proud owner Paul McGlade Jr. said he was delighted with the success of the team, led by head pizza chef Federico Rapali, who originally learned his craft in Naples under the expert tutelage of the legendary ‘Godfather of Pizza’ Enzo Coccia. “The key to our pizza success is simple: we import the best produce from Italy and are very passionate about what we do.”
McGlade added that their pizza is particularly popular amongst Italians living in Dublin, something he attributes to the quality of their unique dough which takes 48 hours to produce and has already earned Little Pyg a spot in the Michelin guide.
As a result of the award, the Dublin restaurant now finds itself in the company of some very distinguished European pizzerias, including Barcelona-based Sartoria Panatieri which bagged the coveted number one spot, and Copenhagen’s Baest which was the runner up. Third place was awarded to London’s 50 Kalò, Vienna’s Via Toledo Enopizzeria took fourth position, with Pizza Zulù in the German city of Fürth rounding out the top five. Check them out on your travels around the continent this summer.