I’m jet-lagged from the long visit to the States and tiring trip back, so this morning I finally went out in search of sustenance. With the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival this weekend, I had plenty of options. My usual falafel wrap guy wasn’t at the Cornmarket Saturday market, so I went browsing for something new. Fortunate for me, there is a special Jazz Festival weekend market in Emmet Square so I walked over and checked out my options, which is where I saw this…
I love wood-fired clay (or brick) ovens for my pizza. This behemoth oven photographs smaller, but is probably the size of an infant crib. Much heavier though. And there were John Deasy and James Deasy (aka Knockout Pizza) just waiting to cook me up a pizza. Ok, so they weren’t waiting for me specifically. But they looked ready to make pizza and there was no queue because it was before the music had started on the adjacent stage, so I felt fortunate.
I checked out the menu and mentally noted that the pizza was larger than what Uncle Pete serves up and for about the same price. Gotta love that!
I chose the Roast Vegetable and Goats Cheese pizza and away they went making it and putting in that glorious clay oven. Within minutes, I was enjoying my homemade pizza. I was not disappointed. The crust was soft with an outer crunch and the texture was not mass-produced. The roast butternut squash and caramelised onions offered a delicate sweetness to balance the peppery rocket. All pulled together by the creamy goats cheese. And it was topped with freshly shaved parmesan cheese. Just lovely!
Go. Now. Eat. While it’s hot.
James Deasy and John Deasy’s Knockout Pizza is based in Ballincollig but baking traditional wood-fired clay oven artisan pizzas everywhere for functions and corporate events. You can
stalk their clay oven find out which festivals they’ll be at on their Facebook page.
I didn’t get paid to write this, I just liked it so much I wanted to tell you about it.