During a recent stay in Kinvara, Co. Galway I found myself getting that all too familiar feeling where nothing would satisfy my hunger like a good old-fashioned pizza. Once the idea of a decent pie gets in my head, the only thing that can stop it is getting a taste of that cheesy goodness in my gob.
It was a Tuesday evening when I found myself wandering around the sleepy village in a bid to satisfy my cravings. A stroll to the harbour took me to an interesting-looking stone building and a quick glance at the menu outside was all I needed to know that this was the place where I'd get my fix.
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I took my seat in Enoteca Il Molo, facing a window which looked out onto the sea. With the late evening sun bouncing off the ripples, I was almost too distracted to look at the menu. Having caught myself, I was met by a more than adequate selection of pizzas to fill my belly.
The mere sight of the words 'parma ham' meant I plumped for the Della Casa without much hesitation. Wherever I am, I always like to go with a local beer to wash things down and I wasn't disappointed in Il Molo.
In the time it took for my pizza to arrive I was able to take in the amazing view outside as well as enjoy the peaceful ambience of the restaurant. This was probably helped by the fact that my phone was back in the hotel charging but, you know, whatever.
It wasn't long before I could concentrate on the the culinary aspects of Kinvara and it was just in time too as I so starving I probably could have eaten my own arm. Luckily, I didn't and all my limbs remained intact so I could enjoy my meal without making too much of a mess.
I knew I had come to the right place as the pizza immediately hit the spot. Quite often with pizza, I find it all takes a bit samey but you could tell that Il Molo put a special effort into making theirs stand out.
Most of the time, when I have a whole pizza to myself, I leave on average one and a half slices on the plate as I can't take anymore. This time there was barely a crumb left over and while, of course, I did contemplate dessert I thought better of it this time.
If I ever find myself down in Kinvara again with a hankering for some Italian flavours, I'll know exactly where to go.