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Grub Spy: Nonnas in Derry is pizza perfect

The Shipquay Street restaurant offers some slices of heaven... and so much more

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Nonnas on Shipquay Street

Nonnas on Shipquay Street

Nonnas' delicious Diavolo pizza

Nonnas' delicious Diavolo pizza

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Nonnas on Shipquay Street

Nonnas Wood Fired Pizzas

10 Shipquay Street, Londonderry BT48 6DN

Tel: 028 7122 4422

A few years ago I took the brave decision to only drink fancy water.

My personal preference is that it is served very cold and that it contains only natural additives such as hops, yeast and malted barley.

I often find that the perfect accompaniment to this loveliest of liquids is pizza — and I may well have found the perfect place to enjoy both.

Nonnas Wood Fired Pizzas on Derry’s Shipquay Street is understandably popular with food fans in the city and for good reason.

My family and I dropped in on a busy Friday night recently and were simply blown away by the quality of every dish — and the friendliness of the staff.

Starters of buffalo cauliflower, with hot sauce and garlic aioli, and chicken wings in Nonnas’ own hot sauce were first class.

But two other dishes took the meal to a whole new level.

The eggplant parmigiana was incredible, a perfect combination of spiced aubergine in a marinara sauce with fior di latte mozzarella and fresh basil and served with a red onion focaccia.

The deep-fried mac’n’cheese bites with pancetta and parmesan and a spicy arrabbiata dipping sauce was obviously a much simpler dish but was equally as tasty. I could feel it going straight to my hips but quite frankly I didn’t care.

Even the spicy green and black olives with sunblush tomatoes and olive oil were amazing.

We ordered two pizzas between four people and not surprisingly they were superb.

The Diavolo, with Calabrian pepperoni, chorizo, spicy nduja sausage, fior di latte mozzarella and fresh chillis, was perhaps the best pizza I have ever eaten in Northern Ireland.

As for the Pure Derry Melter, which came topped with Louisiana chicken, chorizo, fior di latte mozzarella and crispy tobacco onions, well, it was a very, very close second.

Special mention should also be made of the restaurant’s skin-on fries, which my seven-year-old son absolutely loved.

There is quite a selection of pizzas on the menu, including a beautifully named Sophia Loren, which comes with parma ham, fresh rocket and parmesan.

I’ve a feeling she may well be my choice on my next visit and, of course, I’ll toast her health with a bottle or two of that fancy water.

The food

Buffalo cauliflower £3.67
Mac’n’cheese bites £3.66
Olive misto £3.67
Hot wings £6.95
Eggplant parmigiana £7.95
Pure Derry Melter £11.50
Diavolo £11.95
Skin-on fries £3.50
House salad £4.50
Kids’ ice cream £2.75
Drinks £18.05
Total £78.15

The rating

Service ****
Food ****
Decor ****
Vegetarian ****


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