Forno 500: A true Neapolitan-style pizza
Dublin is certainly not deprived of great places to get a proper pizza; yet only one got the honour of boasting the Neapolitan stamp of approval; it is Forno 500. Their oven was specifically built by artisans from Naples and have made the Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana (AVPN) list. To join this prestigious list, pizza makers must follow some strict rules, including the size, the shape and of course the ingredients used to make the pizza.
Being absolute suckers for great Neapolitan pizza, we were quite excited to try Forno 500. Located on the busy Dame Street, the small eatery attracts tourists and locals alike and seems to only employ Italians in the kitchen and for the service.
On a Saturday, at lunch time, we sat down at the very back of the restaurant, which is quite dark but offers a great view of the woodfire oven. The decor is simple and elegant, a well-done casual bistro-style. We ordered the Margarita (as I said before, I believe nothing beats a Margarita and this simple pizza should always be tested when trying a new pizza place) and the Piccante, garnished with spicy sausage and rocket salad.
As per usual, the Margarita was the winner (why do I even bother?). It looked beautiful, but also boasted some good flavours, from the tomato sauce particularly. The dough was good, but I didn’t find it as tasty as I expected. The texture wasn’t chewy enough for my liking and overall lacked flavour. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but it didn’t give me the shiver of excitement I can get from the best pizzas - yes, Pi, I am looking at you… The Piccante did exactly what it said, with its generous amount of sausage and rocket.
The pizza were respectively €10 and €15, prices that you would expect on average for a good pizza. I am not going to lie, I wasn’t mind blown away by my lunch, but maybe it’s because I’ve been so spoilt with great pizza lately and my expectations have skyrocketed? I would definitely recommend to try Forno, but as for me, I think I’ll just have to get the loyalty card in Pi Pizza.