Dining Out

Gillian Nelis: Brusque service and sloppy surrounds spoil lunch at a Temple Bar pizzeria

Sano Pizza needs to sharpen up both its food and its staffing if it is going to succeed in delivering a good experience for diners

Sano Pizza on Exchange Street Upper in Dublin’s Temple Bar: it’s not apparent that the restaurant is happy to see its customers. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Most journalists – all journalists, probably – will have experienced the sinking feeling which accompanies a problematic initial interaction with an interviewee. It’s rarely a good sign when your first few minutes with someone goes badly; usually it’s all downhill from there.

I should have known, then, that things weren’t going to turn out well for me at Sano. It was lunchtime, and myself and Junior were in the middle of a very pleasant day ...