Best Pizza in Paris?
- lalagirl Jun 5, 2006 11:42 AM
Looking for anything even remotely resemblant of NYC-style or even classic Italian pizza...so far I've been sorely disappointed in my attempts to find good pizza in Paris (and yet it's so close to Italy).
Try Santa Lucia, on the rue des Canettes which runs off of Place St. Sulpice toward the Seine in the 6th arrondissement. I am more than a bit of a pizza snob (believing that anything not from around the Golfo di Napoli is almost inevitably not worth having). I thought the pizza at Santa Lucia was every bit as good as anything I've had in the Naples area. Try and stick to the traditional ones: Margherita, or Napolitana (with anchovies -- although In Naples this would be called Romana, but here at Santa Lucia they use the Roman terminology, Napolitana). The Santa Lucia has antipasti, pastas, and a limited selection of meat and fish dishes also. For one week in April I ate 3 times there for a light supper: always having Pizza Napolitana and a mezza caraffa di vino rosso. Deliziosa! The tab - 18 Euros, plus 2 for the waiter. Far and away the cheapest meal I had in Paris that week. Reservations were unnecessary.
There is an excellent pizza and pasta place on Rue d'Mabillon in the 6th, just across the street from the marche. REAL Italiano!! A little cramped, but open Sunday night but not Monday. We had pasta and salad and drooled as the pizzas went to other tables. Our pasta and salad were excellent.
The average pizza in Paris isn't very good, but it's easy to find reasonable pizza, and there's no shortage of good pizza places. Paris is not Napoli, or even Milano, or even Marseille. And don't expect the US to be a reference point for pizza, that would be Italy.
Where is the best pizzeria in Paris? I wouldn't know, even if the question made sense. Why don't you ask for good pizza in a certain part of the city, and see if you get a better response.
"Paris is not Napoli, or even Milano,"
Sure I eat Picard pizza and two local joints' stuff when in extremis but look forward to my 1-2 trips to Italy for the real stuff.
In a story I often tell, my wife and I were walking in the Alps between France & Italy and at two shacks in each country had pizza and it was night and day. Same terroir, same altitude, maybe difference flour though.
re: John Talbott
As much as I will continue to insist that the pizza between Marseille and Nice is perfectly fine, I agree with you that as soon as you cross the border you notice the difference. That said, you need to get to the industrial cities (with their populations from the South) for the pizza to get more to my taste.
I think the local pizza in Paris is better than just in extremis ... I was just in Montmartre recently, and had dinner at Pomodoro, which was excellent. As for the frozen stuff, Picard is normally high quality, but for pizza, no way; I do keep a Dr. Oetker around in the freezer, though. It's not often that Dr Oetker makes better quality stuff than Picard, but I think this is one clear case.
Now, if anyone knows of a place in Paris with good panzarotti ...
Al Taglio, Roman style pizza (so more "flaky" than Neapolitan dough) is really great.
A few years ago I went to Da Mimmo which was more traditional and very good, but it's been so long that I can't attest for the quality being still the same.
For something more original there is "Pink Flamingo", although I have to say that it is sometimes a hit or miss, can be great, can be meh.