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Many of us remember the iconic nightclub Dandelion from back in the day. Located directly beside St Stephen's Green shopping centre, it was at the forefront of Irish nightlife until it closed a few years ago.

Located where the old club used to be is a new, multifunctional space known as The Well, and we can't rave about it enough. The area is massive, and decked out with slick interiors and stunning art pieces on the walls.

Half of the room is decorated as a bar area with numerous seating options and hanging plants, but at night it turns into a chic bar with DJs banging out disco, funk and hip-hop tunes on the decks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's essentially a cafe-bar, restaurant, event space, workspace and coffee shop all rolled into one huge venue. The Well's aesthetic is described as a "premium version of an industrial-style bar". Ooh, yes please.

The Well's interior features furniture made from recycled and refurbished materials, which is in line with the venue's pledge to use sustainable materials and ethically produced decor. Snaps for being woke.

The second half of the space has been taken over by Dublin Pizza Company as a restaurant, and their oven-cooked grub is absolutely legendary.

Michael Ryan, founder of Dublin Pizza Company, has created DPC at The Well to serve an extended version of their award-winning menu, featuring wood-fired pizzas along with salads and starters from lunchtime until late.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The café-bar offers al all-day to late-night location for entrepreneurs, innovators and creative thinkers can relax, meet clients or celebrate with your team. Co-working spaces with hot desks and power hubs are available.

It's an ideal space if you're looking to get some work done with high-quality barista coffee to keep you going, with cocktails as a reward for afterwards.

The Fajazzle, the Realness and the Spritz Please are just some of the cocktail options, and have earned them a shedload of fans already.

Beer lovers can rejoice over the choices, with some of the best of Irish and international craft beers available including the Franciscan Well range (Rebel Red, Chieftain IPA, Shandon Stout and Archway.)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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These Hands coffee shop offers top quality takeaway coffee, and a range of healthy options such as Old MacDonnell’s Farm yoghurts, salads and soft cheeses, plus sweet treats for those of us having another cheat day.

The coffee shop is open daily from 7am until 7pm. The café-bar’s carefully curated wine list is also noteworthy, having been selected by James Brookes, formerly of Guilbaud’s and Glovers Alley.

The Well's gorgeous cocktail menu features quirky ingredients from Irish Distillers, Gut Instinct Kombucha, Glitterbugs Edible Glitter and Celtic Whiskey. We're so sold.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From September when the basement opens, the venue can provide an event environment with a late bar and performance space available for corporate hire.

They've hosted a fast fashion workshop at The Well alongside food blogger Fifi Heather, for example. We can't wait to see some of the great things coming to the eclectic space, they're clearly supportive of Irish brands and businesses.

'Live at The Well' will feature independent events during the week and is set to host upcoming and innovative music promotions at the weekends. See you there? Check out their website here for more info.

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As August begins, traditionally the most popular month to get married, Domino's will be giving 10 soon-to-be-weds a chance to have their big day catered by the nation's best-loved pizza maker. 

Confetti Magazine Editor and Author of The Wedding Planner, Laura Cunningham offers advice to those planning their big days: “People are looking for different ways to celebrate this momentous occasion and I see a lot of couples leaning towards a less formal meal or replacing the late-evening feast with food that guests really want.” 

Research carried out by Domino’s shows that 50 percent of guests admitted to being served food they didn’t like at weddings and 71 percent of couples said they plan to serve their favourite food on their big day so it stands to reason that more people are investing in a food that everyone loves: pizza.

Laura continues: “Couples also have to take into account new food trends and dietary requirements when organising food for their guests. Domino’s delivers something for everyone; omnivores, carnivores, vegetarians, as well as gluten free pizzas and a lower calorie options.”

“Many couples invite more guests to join them for a bigger party after the main meal so it’s fun to offer a flexible, sharing food, such as pizza, so everyone feels part of the big night.”

Ian Straughan, Head of Product Innovation at Domino’s comments: “We’re seeing a growing trend in Ireland from couples requesting pizza to provide wedding guests with a fun, modern twist.  With wedding season in full swing, we were surprised to learn that almost a third of wedding guests (29 percent) don't like the traditional food they're served. Nearly half (47 percent) even admit they tend to avoid at least one course, leaving them hungry for an alternative to soggy sandwiches and dehydrated chicken nuggets later in the evening.”

“Choice and experience are key to catering for large groups and Domino’s delivers fresh, great quality, hot food ensuring everyone will be happy, whether it’s a Cheeseburger pizza, a Vegi Supreme or a Delight Pizza with only 650 calories.” 

Pizza-passionistas simply need to email TyingTheKnot@dominosireland.com to be in with a chance of winning a Domino's catering package. They can choose from traditional favourites including the Pepperoni Passion, Hawaiian and Vegi Supreme or create their own from thousands of possible topping combinations.  See https://www.dominos.ie/legal/content/competitionsoffers for terms and conditions.

Wedding Expert Laura Cunningham is the editor of Confetti Magazine and the author of the ultimate wedding guide The Wedding Planner. She has experienced different wedding cultures abroad and in Ireland and has identified the top 10 current wedding trends below:

  1. Wedding pizzas
  2. Personalised drinks:  elderflower gins, margaritas and espresso martinis
  3. Trucks and vans that serve guests everything from coffee to champagne
  4. Less formality and more fun
  5. More personalised touches than ever before
  6. Weddings weekends
  7. ‘Stens’
  8. Location weddings (Ireland and abroad)
  9. Unusual places
  10. Less traditional clothing for the wedding party
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Domino’s is celebrating the official opening of its latest store in Newbridge by giving away five bespoke Newbridge Silverware pizza platters, designed and commissioned by local talent, Aisling Mahon. 

Creating a unique dining experience, on Thursday, June 6, a “Domi-Butler” will be on hand to serve five lucky winners with freshly handmade pizza on 14-inch, perfect pizza sized, silver-plated platters.  

Sharing Domino’s passion for quality craftsmanship, Newbridge Silverware has been designing and creating stylish tableware for the last 80 years. The new store commissioned 27-year-old local designer, Aisling Mahon, who has created several designs for Newbridge Silverware, to make the customised platters to mark the official launch. Presented in stylish boxes, they also have a 55-year guarantee, promising many happy years of fancy pizza parties.   

All pizza fans who visit Domino’s Newbridge between Monday, May 27 to Sunday, June 2 can enter the competition by completing a simple form to be entered into a draw.  The five winners, who will be selected at random, will join the Domi-Butler in store on Thursday, June 6 at 12 noon to win a large pizza of their choice and the iconic Newbridge Silverware pizza platter. 

Paul Dupuy, Ireland Marketing Manager said, “There’s a great sense of pride in Newbridge and it’s brilliant to work with home-grown talent and businesses at the heart of the community to create something special with Domino’s.  The unique pizza platters are ideal for entertaining family and friends at home and will make any pizza occasion a very special one that will be sure to impress guests. 

"For one day only, the dashing Domi-Butler will be on hand to deliver pizza to these dine in winners.  Customers need only lift a finger to eat their pizzas as the Domi-Butler waits on them and delivers their heart’s desire; freshly handmade pizza!  We’ve recruited nearly 30 new jobs for local people and have spent weeks training them to make our famously delicious pizzas. We’ve also introduced our environmentally friendly electric bikes and we look forward to many years delivering pizza to the neighbourhood.”

The new store is located at Unit 12 Newbridge Retail Park, Athgarvan Road, Co Kildare.  Order online or by phone on 045 444 600 for collection or delivery from 12 noon to 2am. 

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Honestly, thank God. This isn't just the news we needed, it's the news we deserved.

Domino's has officially launched GPS delivery tracking in the Republic of Ireland with 'Domi-Pin', and are giving away 400 Catalan Chicken & Chorizo pizzas to celebrate. The newest pizza style is a rich, hearty full-flavoured meal starring a Mediterranean-inspired flavour combination that’s tried and tested.

The tracking shows the location of your driver from store to door, and the pizzamakers are touring Ireland with a giant GPS pin as well as handing out hundreds of pizzas this week. Nom.

This week, from today until Friday, 1 March, people who spot the Domi-Pin will win one of the new Catalan Chicken and Chorizo pizzas on the spot…life just can't get any better. 

The four-foot-high Domi-Pin is set to appear all around Ireland, with the Domino's team giving away delicious treats to pizza lovers nationwide. 

The Domino’s GPS team can be found at Domino’s stores in Citywest, Athlone, Letterkenny, and Galway respectively this week at 2pm to 4pm. Get yerselves down there ASAP.

The first 100 pizza fans at each location only have to spot the giant Domi-Pin and say hi to the team to win a personal Catalan Chicken and Chorizo Pizza.

Eagle-eyed pizza fans who spot and share or repost a picture on Twitter using the #DominosGPS hashtag and tag @Dominos_ROI will also be in with a chance to win. 

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The GPS tracker is the first of its kind in Ireland, and gives you the ability to track your pizzas all the way from the oven to your gaff. The tracker opens to a live map at the delivery stage so you can track the progress of your driver.

There's even a countdown, so anyone on a time limit can prepare for the tasty arrival. We are ridiculously excited to try and test the new technology, is anyone else suddenly starving?

To order, check out the Domino's website or head into your local store. Those stunning Catalan Chicken and Chorizo pizzas are just €22 for a large, in case anyone's wondering. We know we were…

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Get yourselves ready ladies, because Domino's is about to blow our minds but not our healthy January food habits.

Not that we were sticking to them very well anyway, but now there's ZERO guilt for bingeing on delicious pizza, because Domino's are releasing a brand new LOW-CALORIE range.

Thank the tomato sauce and mozarella gods for this beautiful and heavenly gift.

The pizzamaker launched their brand new Delight range by floating massive inflatable slices in the Irish sky to beat those January blues, and are generously giving away 1,000 FREE pizzas to spot the balloons.

Anyone who spots, snaps and shares photos around Dublin's Grand Canal of a Domino's special Floating Slices of Delight using the #SliceOfDelight hashtag will have any remaining January Blues lightened with some delish doughy goodness.

You can also retweet or repost @Dominos_ROI #SliceOfDelight snap to be included in the 1,000. 

The initiative emphasises the introduction of the Domino’s Delight range, developed to contain less than 650kcal per small pizza and around 100kcal for one small but life-changing slice.

The Delight Chicken and Delight Vegi options make sure to use Domino’s signature fresh dough hand-stretched thinner and reduced fat mozzarella. WE NEED IT.

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Luckily for us, the Delight range is available to buy on the Domino’s app, on www.dominos.ie or in store from €16 for a medium pizza and €20 for a large. Get 'em while they're hot, folks.

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This may be the beauty product we've all been waiting for…What are our two favourite things? Pizza + glamorous eyeshadow = pure, unadulterated joy.

Yep, that's the truth. Glamlite Cosmetics have changed the make-up game by creating a pizza-themed vegan eyeshadow palette, and it's absolutely unreal.

The cruelty-free, vegan beauty giant have described the Pizza Palette as; The world’s most ‘delicious’ palette, fresh out of the oven and ready for delivery!”

My God.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What's even cooler, if that's possible, is that the creator received hateful messages about her weight insinuating that she 'ate too many pizzas'. 

She then decided to carry out the greatest clap-back second only to anything Chrissy Teigen has ever done, by creating a PIZZA-themed palette which sold out in under 48 hours.

What an absolute QUEEN. We stan.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The palette features 18 stunning 'toppings' to choose from, and colours to match. The names range from earthy emerald shades of 'Basil' to the shimmery gold of 'Pineapple', and even metallic purple 'Red Onions'.

This woman is a genius. The product has also been JEFFREE STAR APPROVED, which is no easy feat.

Gold star from the make-up Star himself;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The packaging resembles a take-away pizza box, with highly pigmented colours achieving full coverage for any skin tone.

We're joining the masses and queueing up for one; it's unique and encompasses a badass clapback? We must have it. WE MUST.

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If you are coeliac or gluten-intolerant, pizza is usually off the menu, unfortunately.

This is why in her cookbook Finn's World, author Finn Ní Fhaoláin, suffering from the condition herself, has come up with a gluten-free pizza that you can make at home. 

The recipe is actually quite easy, so don't hesitate to give it a go!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cardboard – Thick Crust Pizza

Makes enough for 4 mini (15cm) pizzas 

Base
1 cup (120g) GF self-raising flour, plus extra for rolling – Doves Farm Organic is tip top: great ingredients and no chemicals!
pinch of salt
1 cup (250g) Greek yogurt 
2 tbsp olive oil

 

Toppings
big handful (30g grated or ½ ball sliced) mozzarella for each mini pizza
1 cup (225g) tomato frito – a wonderful Spanish invention where they have already added the garlic and seasoning to the tomato; if your local supermarket doesn’t have it, passata with some oregano, garlic powder and salt will do
2 chestnut mushrooms
2 pineapple rings in juice – not syrup, no need for that nastaay sugar
2 slices Serrano or Parma ham

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment – this stops the pizzas from sticking and makes them easier to move. 

Chuck the flour and salt in a big bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the yogurt and olive oil. Mix the lot together with a wooden spoon to make a sticky dough.

Now the fancy looking bit. Pour about ⅓ cup of flour on a big chopping board and smooth it out a bit. For non-gluey hands, quickly dust your hands with flour. I love doing this as it reminds me of ‘chalking up’ for weight lifting. Time to show this dough who’s boss!

Working with ¼ of your dough at a time, grab a chunk and drop it on the floured board. Roll it around till you have a floury ball – if the dough feels too wet just add more flour. Warning: this GF version will never be as gluey as regular pizza dough and will feel softer than you’d expect, so none of that fancy swinging it around the place! 

Next, pop a ball of dough onto on side of your papered-up baking tray (you should fit two small pizzas on an average tray). Cover your rolling pin in flour to stop the dough sticking. Roll the pizza base out by moving the dough a quarter turn clockwise after each roll. This stops the dough from breaking and keeps the nice round shape. Using your hands, flatten the dough in the centre and squish the edges to create a thick-crust pizza. 

Repeat till you have 2 mini pizzas for each tray. Pop the trays in the oven for 10 minutes to partially cook the dough.

For the toppings, thinly slice the mushrooms and chop the pineapple into chunks. I love Serrano ham for a little twist on the classic Hawaiian – it adds such a great flavour and you can cut thin strips using a scissors.

Take the pizza bases out of the oven, and now it’s time to customise! Do you like loads of sauce? Not too much cheese? I like a good dollop of sauce, but plenty of space for plain crust that I can use for dippies later.
 
Spoon on your sauce, spread it out then grab a good handful of cheese and sprinkle over each pizza. Pop the bases back in the oven for 5–10 mins to let the cheese melt. After this take them out, arrange your mushrooms, pineapple and ham and pop back in for another 10–15mins till the cheese is golden brown.

To Serve: For a healthier dinner, this pizza goes great with salads and some sweet potato fries. For naughty nights, scoff two of the mini pizzas, wash down with a GF beer or a nice cider and keep your crusts for dipping in a creamy garlic mayo – 4 tbsp mayo, ½ tsp garlic powder and ½ tsp oregano.

This base works brilliantly with any combo of toppings and sauces you can dream up – think salsa instead of tomato sauce, or if cow’s milk doesn’t agree with you, try goat’s yogurt in the base and melty goat’s cheese with sundried tomatoes and artichokes as a topping. 

 

 

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We ALL know that feeling well on a Friday night; feeling so worn out with exhaustion that the mere thought of cooking a meal for yourself makes you want to shed a tear. "I didn't work all week to deal with this," you think, wearingly. That is where the 'backup plan' comes into place. The backup plan being, having something on hand that is restaurant quality delicious, that you can prepare at home, requiring minimal effort from you.

That let's be honest, that 'something' is always pizza – at least when it's this close to the weekend. Unfollow anyone on social who is willing to dispute that – you don't need that kind of negativity in your life, tbh.   

Thankfully, Milanos are here to bring you that Friday feeling with their newest additions to their supermarket (and very budget-friendly) pizza range (why yes, you can buy Milano goodness to cook at home), including an out-of-this-world American pizza (€5.69). It originates from a signature restaurant recipe (so you know it's going to taste GOOD), made with pepperoni, mozzarella and Milano’s famous passata. In one word: heavenly. 

You can also get their Pollo Ad astra (€5.69), a classic pizza base topped with chicken, Peppadew™ peppers, Cajun spice and mozzarella. Did you know that this one is already a staple on the Milano restaurant menu? This recipe has been perfectly crafted so you can love and enjoy it when you're just too tired to leave the house. 

Their supermarket range now also has more products should you want a little something on the side (so to speak), including three new salad dressings, House, House Light and Caesar, all at €3 each. This will be additions to the fan-favourites in the range, from the scrumptious dough balls which we always need more of (€2.99) and Milano classic pizzas, Margherita and Sloppy Giuseppe. 

Milano’s new (and very tasty) retail product range is now available selected Tesco stores nationwide.

Why not treat yo-self? You deserve it.   

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Have you ever wanted a good excuse to have to avoid cooking? Well, thanks to Deliveroo your prayers have been answered.

The last thing you want to do on the weekend is slave away in the kitchen like Cinderella. We can't help but daydream about going out for brunch or dining at that fancy new Italian restaurant your colleague has been raving about, but sadly our bank accounts won’t allow it.

Luckily, Deliveroo is offering free delivery across all restaurants this Friday and Saturday.

Hallelujah!

Every restaurant on Deliveroo in Ireland will be taking part in this special free delivery deal across Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Belfast over the two days.

Liam Cox, General Manager of Deliveroo Ireland shared: “We’re thrilled to be able to give our loyal customers the opportunity to take advantage of our free delivery offer."

He hopes this offer will encourage people to try new food: “I'm hoping this will encourage more people to want to try out some of their favourite local delicacies, so there’s no reason not to indulge!”

We will certainly be treating ourselves this weekend thanks to Deliveroo.

Why not make the most of this offer and gather up your friends for a night-in. You could all order your favourite dish and share with one another, that way everyone can try something different, whether that’s a gourmet burger or some salmon and avocado sushi.

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Among the many exciting European cities I have been lucky enough to visit, Rome holds a special place in my heart.

Aesthetically, it is one of the most beautiful places you will ever get to see; culturally, you can discover some truly incredible artwork, feeling like you are walking in an open air museum; foodwise, it offers some of the best food you could dream of.

While the offer is overabundant and overall quite affordable, here are some tried and tested places we seriously recommend if you are planning a trip to the Italian capital this summer.

1. Matricianella

 

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A few steps from the Borghese Palace, Matricianella is an old trattoria with checked tablecloths, black-and-white-dressed waiters and a menu that will make you drool.

Go for the Taglioni al tartuffo (the truffle pasta), they are a proper masterpiece.

2. Trattoria Da Teo

 

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Located in the gorgeous neighbourhood of Trastevere, this small eatery offers the most typically Roman experience.

Get a table outside and order some pasta, it will probably be the best ones you have ever tasted – we particularly recommend the Spaghetti alle Vongole. 

3. Pizzeria Ostiense

Roman pizzas are quite different to the thick doughy Neapolitan-style pizza we are mostly used to. Paper-thin, with simple yet tasty topping, it makes for a whole new pizza experience.

In the hip neighbourhood of Testaccio, we recommend Pizzeria Ostiense, loved by the locals. You are in for a treat!

4. Giolitti

 

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Open since 1900, this gelateria can be considered a landmark at that stage and some consider it the best one in Rome. 

Don't be repelled by the queue and the absolute mayhem inside the shop. Your ice-cream will be 100% worth it.

5. Al Moro

 

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Located near the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro is a high-end, 1920s wood-paneled restaurant with a classic Roman menu.

Offering excellent traditional and seasonal dishes, this historic eatery will provide a fabulous Roman experience. 

6. Pasticceria Regoli

 

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This family run pastry shop has been serving sweet delicacies since 1916 and is a highly popular shop among the Romans.

Get a selection of pastries and unapologetically make a meal out of it, you won't regret it!

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Nothing beats chilling in your back garden, a cold cider in one hand and some tunes on a speaker in the other. 

On June 15th-16th, Kopparberg is taking over a hidden backyard just off Camden Street throwing the buzziest garden party of the summer.

The Camden Backyard is celebrating all things Dublin with local musicians, comedians and classic fruity cider. 

On Thursday evening,  Alison Spittle and special guests James Kavanagh will record a live podcast to launch the event. 

On Friday and Saturday night, the garden will come alive with hip hop and RnB music from local talent, artists, and DJs including Tara Stewart, Super Silly, Handsome Paddy, JYellowL, Mona Lxsa, Soft Boy DJs, UNQ and more. 

As for the food line up, expect wood fired pizza by The Original Food Junkie and Hawaiian street food from Shaka Poké. 

For those with a sweet tooth, Arctic Stone will be serving up rolled ice cream doused in Kopparberg Raspberry infused syrup. 

For those with a thirst to quench, Kopparberg slushies, and Koppar-cocktails are available, along with two free Kopparbergs included with your ticket. 

You can nab tickets right here for the event, which come in at €10.00 each. 

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This is not a drill!

An actual nutritionist said we can have pizza for breakfast and it's like all our childhood dreams have come true at once.

Speaking to The Daily Meal, registered dietician, Chelsey Amer, explained that when it comes to nutritional value, the take-away favourite actually trumps a number of more traditional breakfast dishes.

“You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories,” she said.

“However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”

“Plus, a slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash.”

It just gets better and better!

However, it's worth noting that these stats apply to a single slice; and let's be real, no one ever stops at just one slice.

Chelsey also admits that while it may have some nutritional benefits, pizza isn't exactly what you'd call a healthy food and should not be considered a regular alternative.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what types of pizzas/ cereals you're consuming.

Obviously, a bowl full of added sugar and E numbers isn't exactly the healthiest choice, but neither is a fat-filled cheese fest – it's all about finding the right balance.

Speaking to The Independent, Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert explained:

“If we’re talking about a big greasy pizza ordered online then it’s probably not the most well balanced meal to eat for breakfast,” explains Lambert, who has a healthy pizza alternative in her book Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat Well. 

“However, as mentioned, pizzas can be a healthy balance of carbs, fats and protein so as long as it doesn't contain unhealthy additives, who’s to say we can’t eat pizza for breakfast?”

Best news we've heard all year!

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