I consider traveling a food quest. Yep, travel, walk, eat, repeat! While In Dublin, Ireland, and all its surrounding areas, I did a lot of walking and food-seeking.
Since Italy is super close to Ireland (about a 3-hour flight), well, I sniffed out a Temple bar area authentic Italian pizza place, you must know about!
Temple Bar Area Authentic Italian Pizza
So, you get the concept of walking and stirring up a pang of hunger right?
I mean we walked miles in Ireland by day and by night because I wanted to see everything I could and suck up as much of this amazing country as I could.
And the Temple Bar Area authentic Italian pizza place I am about to share with you is truly an insider’s secret unless you Google and seek it out, but it shouldn’t be because it’s a foodie’s paradise.
Temple Bar Area
As a refresher or an introduction to the Temple Bar area of Dublin, you’ll find yourself south of what they call the River Liffey (unlike the way we would say it in the US: Liffey River, lol!)
Here, you will find what I will call the heart of the party, the best of bars and pub hopping one could ever hope for and maybe the friendliest Irish you’ll want to hang with (IMO, not to say that I forgot how much I love my bar-hopping with the locals in Killarney too!)
We toured, took breaks in pubs, and then toured more.
But, I wanted pizza and we found a restaurant, in the Temple Bar area to meet this craving.
So do make note, while in the Temple Bar Area pizza does exist, not just Boxty pancakes, and brown bread, so seek this out!
Temple Bar Area Restaurants ~ Pubs + Eateries
So here’s the thing, you can pub hop and have a great party, and many of the pubs offer great eats, but we had done a lot of that in Dublin City Center and I wanted something more.
To answer your question, there are a lot of Temple Bar Area restaurants and we ate at a lot of them, from the Hard Rock (well that’s out of tradition) to the Norseman Pub, etc.
However, there’s nothing I craved more than a pizza while we were in Ireland.
Consider, this, we were pretty much a stone’s throw away from Italy so a good pizzeria should not be too hard to find right?
So we moved street to street and looked at so many different Temple Bar area restaurants until we struck gold!
Temple Bar Area Authentic Italian Pizza Found
As an American in Dublin which is rich in Guinness, it is likely that you too will succumb to the craving for a pizza.
After all, pizza and drinks go together perfectly.
Sano Pizza is where you are going to dine on the #1 Temple Bar area authentic pizza because they brought the equipment and knowledge with them right from Italy!
This Temple Bar Area authentic pizza eatery is on a side street and you might walk right on by but should not!
Our Story: Temple Bar Area Authentic Pizza
The rain was pouring this day but we did not care.
Michael and I pub hopped and visited all the ‘hot spots’ all the way through the alleys, and streets of Temple Bar district.
Truly one of the most cultural areas in Dublin.
Temple Bar Area Sano Pizza – Fun Facts!
And, as an added bonus to visiting this Temple Bar area, an authentic pizza restaurant is this cool floor. Yes, that’s a floor view of what’s below my feet!
Truth be told, I had heard a lot about this Pizza Restaurant.
What was most appealing was the equipment that the pizzas were cooked in.
The owner took a trip to Italy (see I told you Italy was close) to bring back an authentic set of ovens from Naples.
When you enter you will smell garlic (or I hope you do) as that is what was wafting in the air when we entered!
Do You Think We Will Find Seating at the Temple Bar Area Pizza Restaurant SANO?
Oh yes, we will because SANO Pizza is bigger than most Temple Bar Area restaurants we had been to in the area!
Plus, as it is a hidden gem, but not to the locals, you will find a very busy Temple Bar area of Dublin eatery!
Now, I do want to mention, I was not very fond of where we got seated and would have preferred a booth or a table, but it was a seat and I was starving.
We got stuck at a table with others, and while it was a big table, we were kind of right on one another and that is the ONLY downside to this story, FYI.
Truly it might be me being hangry but I wanted a regular seat, so, whatever, the authentic Italian eats we experienced more than made up for the seating constraints.
Bring On Italy – Temple Bar Area Authentic Italian Pizza
When you eat Authentic Italian in the heart of Ireland, you want it to be really traditional right?
Well, our server was from Italy, so Michael and I were happy we could speak Italian because she was learning English and struggling, so, could this adventure get any better?
Temple Bar Area of Dublin ~ Pricing at SANO
Several days into our trip at this point, we had already eaten out a lot.
There was a tremendous range of pricing especially for the options all over Dublin.
I want to address pricing at Sano Pizza with one word: FAIR!
Just to give you an idea of what we ate: 2 alcoholic beverages, a generous veggie appetizer, 2 pizzas, and dessert with a total of $50 American Dollars and just about the same in Euros.
Yeah, not bad at all!
Let’s Order – Appetizers First at Temple Bar Area Pizza Restaurant SANO
To see is to believe. Our Veg Platter.
The presentation and color were outstanding! Wouldn’t you agree?
Let me be very clear, as it was set upon our table, I personally wanted to hoard it myself as this is the golden standard of color, with all the things ‘DANA’ (me) likes to enjoy.
And, somewhere in the midst of this, my husband, Michael decided he was going to get in on the action, except he does not like artichoke or burrata!
Our Veg Antipasto was esculent.
Every bit of the artichoke to each forkful of the burrata would please even the most finicky gourmet! ‘
Michael is NOT a veggie person, however, tonight he sure was. He plunged his fork right into the artichokes. What is up with that?
Simply put, the artichokes were rich in flavor.
But, I guess with a plate-like this, who could resist the look and what we were about to taste?
Beer + Wine Make Dining Fine
We ordered both wine and beer. Naturally, Michael ordered Peroni (not Guinness, lol) what else do you order with authentic Italian eats?
After all, when in Rome…. or Temple Bar Are of Dublin (lol!).
Cheese Please At the Temple Bar Authentic Italian Pizza Place SANO!
May I please say, ‘ thank you SANO for the delectable burrata.’
Trust me, as a burrata aficionado, this is the Real Deal!
You can see the texture, and there were no hard pieces of artichoke, just all the meaty pieces.
Truly these will please the pickiest of tastebuds. Bite after bite I sadly watched them disappear from the plate as I was starved!
Pizza & Lower Sodium, Really vs. Other Temple Bar Area Restaurants
A winning pairing of chewy crusts and delicious combination toppings at fair prices that honestly set Sano Pizza apart from all the rest of the Temple Bar area restaurants we dined at.
Perhaps it is the ovens direct from Italy or maybe they triumph since they use only the finest, traditional and simple ingredients to create their pizza?
What I know is that we are not far from Italy, but the pizza takes us miles closer with its taste.
Sano Pizza definitely takes your carb intake to the next level as they transform every day into a work of art.
The Key To The Pizza
Vivid flavor with soft, yielding crusts is what you will find at Sano Pizza.
I know you are not going to find a better pizza pie anywhere in Dublin.
Of course, that statement is possible because we tasted our way around the area for several days.
The winning point for me, as a foodie and also a person who always monitors what she eats, is as follows.
IF you know Naples, Italy, you already know their pizza pies are just the best you will consume.
What Sano Pizza has done is create the same pizza but with a much lower salt content!
By using a sourdough Neoplitan base for the crust it eliminates sodium and you won’t know the difference.
Yeah, you can eat it without swelling up and bloating.
Now, remember, the toppings have sodium too, so weigh that all into your decision before ordering.
Temple Bar and Sano Pizza are a perfect cultural experience.
Here you will find beautifully executed and presented pizzas, with high-end, housemade starters. It is right off the main street on a side road.
My thanks to Sano Pizza for hosting us. All images and content are MY own based on my time spent in Sano Pizza/Temple Bar Area- Dublin.