Wednesday, October 25, 2023

SANO serves up a slice of Naples in Cork

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SANO serves up a slice of Naples in Cork

The authentic taste of Naples has arrived in Cork with the opening of the highly affordable Neapolitan pizzeria SANO Pizza.

SANO has ventured to Cork after successes seen in Dublin and Glasgow and promises to bring the same quality and service speed to their new home at Parnell Place.

Pizzas are made Neapolitan style with a softer and lighter base and chewy crusts using a sourdough, which has lower salt content than other styles. All dough is made on-site daily, using only four ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast. The dough is fermented for a minimum of 48 hours, which breaks down the gluten and starch, creating the lighter style. Each pizza is hand stretched before being topped with ingredients sourced from Italy, including spicy salami from Calabria, mozzarella di
bufala, La Rosina tomatoes and the finest, softest ‘00’ flour considered the gold standard for Neapolitan pizza. 

The restaurant has two Valoriani Italian ovens which cook pizzas at 450 degrees in 90 seconds. The menu is straightforward and unfussy. Pizzas include the ‘SANO Marinara simple’ with tomato sugo, garlic, basil and oregano, as well as the ‘Sapori Del Sud’ - Italian fennel sausage, nduja (a spicy pork sausage), Italian broccoli and options for mozzarella de bufala. For anchovy fans, the Maradona comes with the salty umami flavoured fish, capers, oregano, olives, basil, garlic, fresh mozzarella & tomato sugo. And vegans can enjoy a drool-worthy pizza topped with crema porcini, roast potato, black olives and fresh baby spinach.

All pizzas are priced between €6.90 and €13.50. Sides include Meat or Veg Antipasto, Caprese salad and Burrata with cherry tomatoes & extra virgin olive oil. For those with a sweet tooth, there are milkshakes and a selection of desserts, including soft vanilla ice cream served in a bowl or cone from €3.50 or cheat day favourite Nutella Pizza, which comes with strawberries or banana.

The restaurant has seating for 140 guests. The open plan design extends to the kitchen, allowing diners to see the talented ‘pizzaiolos’ at work. The highly Instagrammable design-led interior includes reclaimed wood panels, geometric tile flooring, industrial lighting and walls covered in sassy photography and graffiti murals inspired by those on buildings in Naples.

Co-owner Raymond MacHugh said: “We’re passionate about giving people in Cork the finest Neapolitan Pizzas at an affordable cost. In other traditional Italian outlets, a family of four could expect to pay in excess of €100, whereas in SANO Cork Centre, a family of 4 could have 4 x 12 inch Margherita’s, a glass of wine, pint of beer, 1 litre of cloudy lemonade and a pizza Nuttela enough to share for 4 for only €59.”

SANO Cork Centre is the first in Cork and follows two successful SANO restaurants in Dublin and one in Glasgow for restauranteur twins Raymond and Tony MacHugh, who have owned restaurants in Ireland for more than three decades.

The substantial €½ million renovation of the previous Sliced Pizza location was carried out by Opus Construction & Developments, with consultancy from DL Group Consulting Engineers, both Cork-based firms. SANO expect to employ up to 60 staff.

Opening hours are Sunday-Wednesday 12 noon-10 p.m., Thursday 12 noon-10:30 p.m. and 12 noon–11 pm Friday and Saturday. Home delivery is available via Deliveroo.

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