There are only a couple of artisan wood fired oven manufacturers left in Naples. We found the best – a fourth generation Neapolitan oven manufacturer. It took nine months to convince the Fererra family and their team of Artisans to leave their factory in Naples to make their very first fixed oven in Ireland. Nine tonne pallets of original materials were shipped into Dublin in anticipation of their arrival. Brick-by-brick from the ground up, a team of artisan oven builders brought ancient style of oven building using Old World Neapolitan techniques to Dublin.
Taking ten days to construct, Santa Maria bricks from Campania were used in the walls and dome, the cooking surface is Biscotto di Sorrento and all of this is packed together with mortar made from volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius. Says Mr Fererra “This is not a prefabbed oven, this is an ancient style Forno (oven) that we built using old world Neapolitan techniques, passed down from my great-grandfather. We locked all workers out during the oven building process so that we could protect our local secrets. I first built ovens with my grandfather when I was just 13 years old, today my son and I carry on this ancient tradition. To this day our ovens routinely maintains daily dome temperatures of 500°C and our ovens can be found fixed in the best street pizzerias of Naples”.
Forno 500°’s Restaurant, Bar and Pizzeria is situated on Dame Street, sandwiched between the Olympia theatre and Brogan’s Bar. It is in a beautiful warm space formerly known as Les Feres Jacques. Now completely transformed it houses the first fixed bespoke Neapolitan wood burning oven in Ireland. Using genuine top quality ingredients imported from Naples. The new restaurant in Dublin is now a two story eatery serving the classic soft Pizza di Napoli and fresh pastas.