What should we know about Slice of Naples?
The second pizza truck to grace the grounds of The Quarry House pub in Ballygall, (which is in Finglas or Glasnevin, no one seems to know - let’s call it Fin-glasnevin) and boy are we happy they rolled in. The former spot of Murphy’s Pizza Shack, Slice of Naples is fronted by Sicilian Head chef Barbaro, who's killing it in what’s essentially a car park between a doctor’s office and a local boozer.
As the name suggests, they're cooking Neapolitan-style pizzas from Wednesday to Sunday, using ingredients like Gubbeen chorizo, Toonsbridge Fior di latte, Levoni pancetta, and Guastalla pepperoni. Their dough is made on-site daily using mother yeast (think back to the Panny D when we were all making our sourdough starters) and ‘00’ flour all the way from Naples. It’s proofed for over 48 hours and cooked at over 400°C in their wood-fired oven.
Is there seating?
There’s outdoor seating in front which would be bliss on a sunny day, or you can take the pizza into the pub. As local pubs go, it’s pretty grim, but if needs must we’d probably avoid the lounge part. It’s very bright inside and the music is unnecessarily loud. Not our ideal setting to chow down in.
What did you have?
Ranging from €10 - €14, their pizza menu plays it pretty safe, with a strong focus on meat. Of the 10 options, the 'Nduja Corn' looked the most interesting, and it ended up being a fan fave. The sweet and salty combo of the Nduja and creamed corn was a flavour bomb, and the dough was light and fluffy, with that perfect chewy resistance.
The straight up “Nduja” was a deliciously salty meat feast, topped with fresh basil, chilli honey, scamorza, nduja, parmigiano reggiano & pancetta, with a nice kick from the chilli honey/nduja combo.
The Chorizo pizza felt a bit lack lustre in comparison. From the list of many toppings (fresh basil, Gubbeen chorizo, roasted red peppers, fresh chilli, Toonsbridge fior di latte, parmigiano reggiano), it just felt like a standard chorizo and red pepper pizza.
Back to better stuff with the 'Veggie', which was very generous with the roasted mushrooms, roasted red peppers, courgette, olives and red onion, and all the smoky flavours. Dips are interesting enough, with garlic pretty standard, and the Nduja mayo not having quite the kick it should. The pesto mayo was our fave. bringing a bright but creamy zing for our crust dipping needs.
What is there to drink?
Nothing to write home about. They offer the usual Coke/7UP/Club Orange, as well as flavoured San Pellegrino, because, you know, Italy. If you dine in the pub you can order wine, but don't expect anything other than a hangover.
Why should I go?
The staff are great craic and it's a super addition to the area. The pizza is a step above the likes of The Back Page and Knead at the Cat and Cage, and we think it’s the best slice around until you hit Bonobo. It’s just a shame The Quarry House isn't a nicer setting to enjoy it indoors.
Slice of Naples
68 Ballygall Road East, Glasnevin, Dublin 11