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If you’ve had your fill of French cuisine and developed a craving for some pizza while in Paris, you could hop on a couple of airport shuttles and a two-hour flight to Naples. Alternatively, head to one of these 12 amazing local pizzerias which offer classic recipes and modern inventions, award-winning cocktails and waitstaff that Jean Paul Gaultier would be proud to call his own.
The shout-out to Brooklyn with its exposed brick and white tiling décor makes Faggio right at home in its cool South Pigalle (SoPi) location. It was founded by Fabien Lombardi, the man behind other well-known Pigalle hotspots like L’Entrée des Artistes. On the menu is a good balance between classic pizzas like regina and margherita, and more modern options like the Vulcano or Trevigiana (fior di latte cheese, French blue cheese, buffalo mozzarella, toasted hazelnuts and radicchio).
The restaurant’s owners, Pierre Jancou and Arnaud Lacombe, make clear that they are passionate about two things: pizza and its birthplace, Naples. If you had any doubts about the authenticity of Da Graziella as a true Neapolitan pizzeria, these will surely be assuaged when you try the signature pizza fritta. Try a fried Amatrice pizza with bufala ricotta, pork cheek, basil and olive oil, or the Mastu Graziella with pecorino, mint and anchovies. If you have any room left, the deep-fried chocolate pizza is a must.
The minimalist wooden design of Louie Louie might make you feel like you’re in Scandinavia but the Italian pizzas are as good as any you’ll find in the city or, for that matter, Italy. You can be guaranteed quality as the ingredients are sourced and brought in from Italy. If you’re in the neighborhood, try one of the 16 pizzas on offer, like the Rest in Pizz with smoked scamorza cheese and ham, the ricotta and basil calzone or one of the two varieties of margherita.
Tripletta was opened in 2016 and is perhaps a nod to the 2003 animation film The Triplets of Belville about the French mafia. It is the latest in a string of restaurants in the 20th arrondissement like Popine that are making this neighborhood somewhat of a pizza hub. The menu is split into cream, tomato, classic and calzone pizzas with all the ingredients bearing the DOP (Denominazione di origine protetta) label. The pizzas range from classics to modern twists including the house Tripletta with green chillis.
Daroco is definitely in contention for the title of the chicest pizzeria in Paris. The two-floored restaurant opened in one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s former boutiques and the owners, Alexandre Giesbert and Julien Ross, have kept Gaultier’s iconic marine theme going with waiters in blue and white striped uniforms. Some popular favorites are the Pugliese (aubergine caviar, cherry tomato, and mozzarella) and the spicy Fririelli e Salsiccia. You’re also guaranteed a great cocktail since one of the most influential bartenders in France, Nico de Soto, was behind the menu.
Organic Italian flour, fresh seasonal produce, creative menu choices and simple, elegant décor make Iovine’s a great place for lunch and dinner. The restaurant, located next to the Palais Royal, was opened in 2015 by Naples-born Nicola Iovine – who like some other natives in the city are succeeding in developing exciting new recipes from the classics they grew up with and know so well. One of the unique pizzas on offer is the 2 pieu 2 which combines two French cheeses and two Italian.