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Galway Brothers make history as they are named in Top 50 Best Pizzerias in Europe

October 9, 2020

The Dough Bros in Galway City have made history by being named in the prestigious 50 Top Pizza (Europe) for 2020. Eugene and Ronan Greaney who run The Dough Bros were named at number 21 by the judging panel at a ceremony held in Milan earlier this Month. Just two pizzerias in Ireland featured on the list and for the first time the west of Ireland was not only featured but ranked at 21 in Europe.

These awards highlight talent and the dedication of pizza which go beyond the city of Naples.  The ceremony was live streamed around Europe to over 75,000 people and history was made by this Irish family for the very first time.

Since beginning in 2013, The Dough Bros Pizza was inspired by Naples but in this they have beautifully married the best of Irish produce and their own personalities to create what is now a household brand and style of pizza.  The secret is in the making and dedication to quality every time as they prove their dough for between 48-72 hours then pair it with seasonal local produce and finally cooking it in a 500-degree Stefano Ferrara wood fired oven

Working with Toons Bridge Dairy, Sliabh Aughty Honey, Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen and more, The Dough Bros bring the best of Irish Cheese & Charcuterie meats and pair them with ‘00’ flour and San Marzano Tomato sourced from Naples. Adding elements like Galway honey for a sweetness and a flavour punch found on one of their best sellers The Peter Stinger that celebrates Irish produce at its best. The line up here features Toons Bridge fresh fior di latte (Co Cork), parmesan, fresh basil, Gubbeen Chorizo (Co. Cork) fresh chilli, finished with lashings of Hot Honey (Co. Galway).

“The average level of quality found and verified by our inspectors in the pizzerias in the Old Continent,” conclude the three curators, “is rising steadily with peaks of excellence such as those present in our 50 Top Europe ranking.  We could say that if the Champions League of pizza continues to be held in Italy, progress is being made every year in the other European leagues.  Furthermore, it is no longer only Italian pizza chefs and entrepreneurs that have emigrated abroad (or their descendants) who contribute to the growth of the European pizza culture, but also professionals of diverse nationalities.”

“The ’50 Top Pizza Guide’ to the Best Pizzerias in the World’ is like the Pizza worlds Michelin Guide. We were visited unannounced at our restaurant on Middle Street, upon that visit we were unknowingly judged on the pizza, the ingredients, the execution of the cooking etc but also the standard of service, experience, beer and wine list, “explained Eugene. The awards are based on pure merit and are judged by the best, from Naples Italy, who travelled the length and breadth of Europe to find the Top 50.”

In February, Eugene and Ronan heard from Top 50 Pizza that they had been visited and would learn in a number of weeks if they made the top 50, which would mean a trip to Milan would have been on the cards in September to pick up the coveted award. Fast forward into the middle of lockdown here and the bros received the news that they had in fact made the Top 50.

“This was surreal. We were all in different houses and away from each other so even though we were over the moon about our Top 50 news, we really didn’t feel it as we were apart and in the midst of this pandemic, it was almost like it didn’t seem real.”

The awards in Milan of course could not go ahead but the organisers were not going to let a year’s work not be celebrated and the live streamed the prestigious event instead.

“We were all naturally devastated not to be travelling to Milan, to meet our peers and to experience this brilliant moment for us, our families and our business. But we decided we would not let the big night pass us by. We were adamant to mark this massive international award with those that have been there from the start.”

The Dough Bros went all out, and created their very own black tie, formal event. The location of course was their own family home and with their Tux’s on from Galway Institution for formal wear Martin Feeney, the lads were ready to tune in online and find out just where they were ranked in the Top 50 Pizzerias in Europe.

“We rented tuxes, borrowed a projector from mates, had a slap-up meal with plenty of wine and watched the countdown live with family and loved ones on the big screen. To be in the TOP 50 was a lifetime achievement in itself but to be named at no 21 was something we are incredibly proud of. It’s a huge win for The Dough Bros but also for pizza in Ireland and Irish food in general. These awards rarely pass Dublin so it’s a huge win for the west too. Our goal was to revolutionise pizza in Ireland and put Irish Pizza on the International map, and it feels like we have done that.

“In the end it worked out the exact way it was supposed to. Instead of being in Milan, we were at our home house, where it all began with the food truck, with family and loved ones who all helped us make it in the early days. Just 7 years ago we were in a food truck at Farmers markets so to see our name called at no 21 in Europe was a feeling and a night we will never forget,” said Eugene and Ronan Greaney.

For the latest on The Dough Bros check them out across all social platforms or in house on Middle Street in Galway, in O’Connell’s Bar in Eyre Square Galway or order The Dough Bros at Home Pizza Kits from TheDoughBros.ie.

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A Handsome Expansion

October 9, 2020

Named as Ireland’s best burger in 2019, Handsome Burger have been adapting their business since they started as a pop up over three years ago.  2020 was the same for the burger boys business as every other hospitality owner in the country, they had to close, then reimagine how their business would reopen and would now work for where the world is at now.

Throughout the lockdown, the company which employs 22 people was now back to the founders only, from 22 to 3, this in itself was hard to comprehend when all the plans for 2020 and beyond were of expansion. Handsome Burger reimagined was all about the do it yourself at home burger box, creating Handsome at Home kept the business afloat, it allowed them to bring back staff and it ensured that the brand they had worked on was still relevant.

Bit by bit the Handsome operation expanded, the HQ on Dominick Street which they opened in 2019, was now a collection point and take away only. As restrictions lifted, “We felt we could safely open again. We had the lads in that helped us kit out the restaurant back to fit it out to all the requirements and then had to change this again once we were ready to open for sit in customers. It’s a big expense back on the business but we wanted our customers back in those doors and not to forget what we do best. We expanded our covered outdoor eating area as well, so as to have more space and more options to eat with us,” explained Rory McCormack Owner of Handsome Burger.

Handsome Burger Popped up in Athlone earlier this year at Maisies and it was a very successful bringing the burgers and their buzz to the Midlands. From here other locations were sought and now Handsome Burger is popping up in Limerick at Flannerys and in Westport at Henehans Bar. The collaboration with pubs has allowed Handsome to expand their customer base whilst their ethos and overall food style remains absolutely true to their providence as a market stall on day one. Local meat, freshly baked buns, Irish cheese, spuds and all the signature sauces and cooking methods go everywhere they set up.

Now the Handsome Burger business has taken back on their 22 staff and are operational across three counties, the Handsome at Home burger DIY kits have been shipped to every county in Ireland and they are now launching their own cocktail bar at the HQ. Oh and not to mention they have just launched their own beer brew, the Handsome which is a Helles Style lager available in house in Galways westend.

Talking on Handsome Burger as of now Rory remarked, “Its been an absolutely roller-coaster year. It has been so challenging just trying to get your head around a pandemic, one that affects every aspect of your life. Our business is personal, it’s our absolute life and letting go our staff was one of the hardest days we have had. But perseverance, hard work as well as staying positive and adapting has meant we now have the Handsome team back and we are growing. Each day we take at a time and we are grateful that we have such incredible customers and our Galway home and base has been one of the best things for us to realise out of all this.”

Enjoy the Handsome classic the BOB, The Roost, Loaded fries and of course those traditional triple cooked rosemary fries in Galway, Limerick and Mayo or enjoy a Handsome at home. For more check out Handsome Burger across social channels and at https://handsomeburger.com/.

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THE ROW

October 9, 2020

New York May 2022, Damian Browne & Fergus Farrell will push a 7m Ocean Rowing boat away from the dock and row out into The Hudson River. The next time their feet touch land will be 4937kms away, when they arrive in their hometown, Galway, Ireland. In the process and unsupported, they will endure and cross by manpower alone, one of the most unforgiving and ferocious pieces of water on the planet, The North Atlantic Ocean.


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