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What you’re getting: The Lipari
The pizzas here are all on par, like the Lipari with mushrooms and Prince de Paris ham, though most patrons know the address better for its cocktails. Push through that nondescript door at the back of the restaurants to enter into one of the city’s coolest speakeasy-style bars. The pizza is a delicious front for it all.
What you’re getting: The Diavola
You may need to wait in the bar across the street for a table, but it’s worth it. Classic pizzas seem to come straight out of Naples, like the Diavola with spicy sausage. It’s the go-to in Paris for a solid pizza experience,and it's located just a block away from the hipster-laden Canal Saint-Martin.
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What you’re getting: The Basquiat
Opened by a Franco-American couple, Pink Flamingo is the winner for most creative gourmet pizzas, including the Obama (with ham and pineapple chutney) and the Poulidor (smoked duck breast, apple, and goat cheese). It’s best just to try them all, if possible. The Basquiat, with Gorgonzola, dried figs, and Auvergne ham is a best-seller. All pizzas are served on organic flower crust, and PF will even deliver by bike, so your carbon footprint stays small.
What you’re getting: Any of its white pizzas
Attractive locals mix with the rest of us who just love good pizza. It’s a no-frills pizzeria with some of the city’s best white pies, if you dare go that route. Topped with arugula and speck ham, the perfectly baked crust gets a chance to shine without all of that delicious and obtrusive tomato sauce.
What you’re getting: Carciofi or Crudaiola
Drool over the Carciofi with artichoke cream, arugula, and Parmesan, or go simple with fresh arugula and cherry tomatoes on the Crudaiola. It’s not the city’s cheapest pizza (as the name would suggest), but it’s well worth the few extra euros for those with a craving on the Left Bank.
What you’re getting: Gamberetti or the Zucchini
Rome-style pizza, cut into squares and priced by weight, makes Al Taglio a dangerous affair. Just try and stick to one slice. It’s impossible. The Gamberetti, with shrimp and ricotta cheese or the Zucchini, with dried tomatoes and, you guessed it, zucchini, are solid choices among the daily offerings. It has several locations on both banks.
What you’re getting: Vegetarian or Cocotte
In the chic Philippe Starck-designed Mama Shelter Hotel, this restaurant serves up some of the best pizza you’ll find in this corner of Paris. The Cocotte, featuring marinated chicken, mushrooms, arugula, and a touch of cayenne, along with the Vegetarian, featuring roasted red peppers, eggplant, and tapenade, are great breaks from the herd.
What you’re getting: Pizza Fritta
One of the specialties here is the Pizza Fritta -- fried instead of baked. It also has excellent traditional pizzas like the Do rrè with fried eggplant and ham topped with basil. It’s strictly Italian here and the décor won’t let you forget that.
What you’re getting: Pizza Ortolana
This tiny, unassuming street is better known for its ladies of the night, but the pizza here is absolutely top notch. Classics like the Ortolana, topped with fresh veggies, are perfect to take out or eat at the pizzeria with a pitcher of wine. The list of special pizzas is also tempting -- and with no pie costing more than 13 euros, it’s a steal.
What you’re getting: Anything that sounds bizarre
If you want to try something a bit more, well, unusual, call in for Speed Rabbit. France’s response to Pizza Hut and Domino’s, it’s not the highest-quality fare in town, but with names like Nebraska Beef (ground beef and potatoes) or Let it Bee (goat cheese and honey), it’s definitely some of the most unique pizza in Paris.
What you’re getting: Medunina
Giving things a French touch, Corsican native Cyril bakes up noteworthy pies in the up-and-coming Batignolles neighborhood. The Medunina with olives, thyme, and either Gruyere or Emmenthal cheese is not your Italian grandmother’s pizza. Don’t worry though -- traditional Italian ingredients also make appearances for the purists.
What you’re getting: Pizza Regina
Line up with the locals to snag a seat at this no-reservations pizzeria. Italian waiters bark at each other as they serve up antipasti, seafood, pasta, and of course, the all-star pizzas. Copious and baked to perfection, the Regina, with prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves is a no brainer, but just one of many choices to consider.
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1. Da Vito5 Rue Sedaine, Paris
2. Maria Luisa2 Rue Marie et Louise, Paris
3. La Briciola64 Rue Charlot, Paris
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5. Al Taglio2 Bis, Rue Neuve Popincourt, Paris
6. Mama Pizzeria109, Rue Bagnolet, Paris
7. Pizzeria O'scià44, Rue Tiquetonne, Paris
8. Pizza Rossi24, Rue Blondel, Paris
9. Colonna Créateur de Pizza34, Rue Lemercier, Paris
10. Amici Miei44, Rue Saint-Sabin, Paris
While this pizza spot is probably better known for the speakeasy that can be found by walking through the "refrigerator" at the back of the room, Da Vito's pizzas are all on point. Try the Lipari with mushrooms and Prince de Paris ham. The pizza is certainly a delicious front.
There may be a wait (in which case you should go grab a drink at the bar across the street), but it's worth it. Classic Naples-style pizzas are served up hot, like the Diavola with spicy sausage. It’s the go-to in Paris for a solid pizza experience.
It's a no frills pizza joint where locals and pizza-loving tourists come together. It has some of the city’s best white pies, topped with arugula and speck ham, and the perfectly baked crust gets a chance to shine without all of that delicious yet obtrusive tomato sauce.
Go decadent with the Carciofi, topped with artichoke cream, arugula, and parmesan, or go simple with fresh arugula and cherry tomatoes on the Crudaiola. It's certainly not the city's cheapest pizza place, but it's definitely worth the few extra euros.
Just because you're in Paris doesn't mean you can't fill up on the Italian staple that is pizza. Al Taglio is serving up what may be the best slice in the city, but they do things a little differently in France: in this restaurant, in the heart of Popincourt village, you'll be eating your 'za in square form. (The name of the place is named for the style in which the pizza is baked.) But while the shape may be different from your usual style, the flavors are still all there, which you'll be assured of when you order any of their delicious offerings, which include margherita, prosciutto parma, and one that's topped with potatoes and truffle cream.
Located in the Mama Shelter Hotel, this pizzeria serves up some of the best pizza you'll find in this part of Paris. Take a break from your typical pepperoni and try the Cocotte, featuring marinated chicken, mushrooms, arugula, and a touch of cayenne, or the Vegetarian, featuring roasted red peppers, eggplant, and tapenade.
While they have excellent traditional pizzas (like the Do zzè), the specialty here is the Pizza Fritta, which is fried instead of baked. Nonetheless, it's strictly Italisn here, and the décor won't let you forget it.
While the tiny street this pizza place sits on is better known for its ladies of the night, the pizza here is some of the best. All the classics are perfect for take out or dine in with a pitcher of wine, like the Ortolana, topped with fresh veggies. The list of special pizzas is also tempting – and with no pie costing more than 13 euros, it’s a steal.
Located in the up and coming Batignolles neighborhood, Colonna Créateur de Pizza gives things a French touch. Cyril, a Corsican native, bakes up noteworthy pies like the Medunina with olives, thyme, and either gruyere or emmenthal cheese -- this is not your Italian grandmother’s pizza. Still, there are traditional pies for those pizza purists.
Get in line with the locals at this no-reservations pizzeria. Italian waiters shout to each other as they serve up authentic Italian cuisine including the Regina pizza: copious and baked to perfection with prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves, it's a no brainer, but just one of many choices to consider.