The Dylan Amsterdam recently started a unique collaboration with Euro Pizza. Curious about Euro Pizza and our collaboration? Read the interview below!
Hi, lovely to meet you! Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi! We are Rein Op ‘t Root, Tjalling de Goede, Nick Heijnis, Teun Burghard and Dimitri Mathijs, 5 friends who started Restaurant Europa in 2019. Restaurant Europa was located in ‘het HEM’: an old ammunition factory on the ‘Hembrug’ site in Zaandam. Everything is prepared in a wood fired oven and a barbecue. Our Restaurant serves only 26 guests at the bar around the kitchen and we serve a 12-course set menu based on fish and vegetables.
Euro Pizza?! How did it all start?
Due to the remote location and the start of the first lockdown and we decided to make woodfired sourdough pizzas. The name was quickly chosen: Euro Pizza. Pizzas with products of our suppliers to pay for our outstanding invoices, and to keep busy of course. We made some calls with various befriended restaurants in Amsterdam, who quickly became pick-up point for our pizzas. It was a huge success! Every weekend we sold over 350 pizzas, so we decided to do something with this.
That’s how it all started: Euro Pizza Restaurant opened its doors in the summer of 2020.
What makes a EuroPizza a EuroPizza?
We aim to use Dutch products as much as possible. Sourced locally and from suppliers in the direct vicinity of Amsterdam. For example, our sourdough base is made with Dutch ingredients from Korenmolen de Zandhaas in Santpoort. Also the mozzarella cheese we use is Dutch and our vegetables are harvested in a 20km radius from Amsterdam. Restaurant Europa is the basis of Euro Pizza Restaurant. That’s how we like to call it: a Pizza driven Wine Bar.
If you had to pick one, which pizza would it be?
Our favorite is Jimmy Pie, a pizza with comté, frisée lettuce, mushrooms, pickled red pepper and garlic oil.
How did you come up with the collaboration with The Dylan Amsterdam?
Chef Dennis Kuipers reached out to us very soon after we opened our doors during the second lockdown. The quality that we both strive for is the most important link in this cooperation. We’re proud that a hotel as The Dylan is featuring our pizza’s on their room service menu!