Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Pizza Place in Paris

While in Paris, eating is a must.  It's a city known for its food.  Some of the best places are tucked into the side streets and local squares.  The photo below is in the Latin Quarter, but this post is about a pizza place in the Marais. Both districts are rich with eating places.
 
 

Choosing a cafe in Paris, by DG Hudson



We landed at CDG airport in Paris, France, early on a Monday morning, the day after leaving Vancouver, British Columbia. Still tired from an overnight flight, we slept a couple of hours to recharge. At seven or eight in the evening, we set out to explore the Marais neighborhood near the Hotel de Ville and to find a local restaurant. 

Many of the bistros were either closed or didn't offer food service on Mondays. Pizza Sant'Antonio, the third cafe we tried, was open. A photo of the restaurant is at the first link below.  The aromas that wafted out smelled alluring and we were greeted warmly. After showing us to our bistro table, we ordered our wine with water on the side. Diluting the effects makes it easier to walk after your meal. Our friendly waiter helped us translate as we ordered, as I wanted tap water, not bottled.  Our servers were very polite and attentive. A lovely way to start our trip. (I have drunk the water of Paris and am now one of those who are forever called back to the city.  No, not like zombies. . .)

I ordered French style scallops over rice with a herb sauce. Hubs ordered grilled salmon and frites.  With two coffees after the meal, plus tip, our bill was about 44 Euros in the autumn (high season) when we visited.  This was the first of three meals we had at the Pizza Sant'Antonio and only one was pizza.  In the photo below, another side street restaurant beckons you inside.

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A Montmartre street, restaurant on the right by DG Hudson


A first impression can shape how we feel about a place.  This pizza place, Sant'Antonio's and a few other bistros welcomed us to Paris and showed us the French warmth that surfaces when you share their food.  We avoided the well-known tourist places, opting instead for the small cafes we searched out on our evening walks, where you sit cozily by your neighbor, with each respecting the other's privacy as you enjoy homestyle French cooking or sample a pizza. 

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Are you a pizza fan? Do you have any first impressions of a place (city, restaurant, beach, etc) that firmly cemented it in your mind as a place you would remember?  Please share in the comments below, and I'll respond.

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References:

The Pizza Place:
http://www.qype.fr/place/107881-Pizza-SantAntonio-Paris A favourite in the Marais, Pizza Sant'Antonio, Paris, on the far right. This link shows a wide angle shot of the restaurants on one side of the square. Nice neighborhood for walking, quiet at night.

http://www.eurocheapo.com/blog/pizza-in-paris-where-to-find-paris-best-pizza-pie.html  A review about the Pizza Sant'Antonio, Paris. 

Previous post that mentioned this great Pizza Place: (see 'Paris Posts' tab)
http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/2011/10/paris-bistros-and-sidewalk-cafes-of.html

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13 comments:

  1. Huge pizza fan. But only New York style, and plain cheese w/ no toppings.

    Funny you mention the first impression of a place b/c mine of Paris is not at all positive. While I don't want to say I had a terrible time, b/c it was the trip of a lifetime my senior year of high school (4 days in England, 2.5 in Paris), by the end of the first day, everyone was asking our chaparones if we could just please go back to England and see more stuff there. First impression of San Francisco and Victoria BC was true love.

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    1. It's probably different when you're part of a class,JoJo. I agree about Frisco and Victoria, though!

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    2. The people we encountered in Paris were really rude. We were made fun of for not being able to speak the language. We were surrounded by people trying to make us buy their stuff on the street outside of Notre Dame. It was so bad that our tour guide had to do passport/wallet/ID checks when we were all on the coach to make sure we weren't robbed. :(

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  2. Just an appreciation of your blog -- Paris --sigh. Wish I had a recommendation. It's been so long since we have been there. I do remember a small Mom and Pop restaurant near the Paris Opera and the owner/chef not admitting a group of German tourists. She would not let them in.

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    1. We witnessed an irate bus driver tell another one off, and one woman cafe owner get very indignant with a lady who put her shopping bags on the bistro table - a no-no.

      It's a big city, it happens. Generally if you're polite, you're treated in the same manner. Thanks for visiting, loverofwords.

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  3. Wow, pizza in Paris. That would be fun. It's true, too, about first impressions of cities. Some places you go you instantly feel welcome and want to return again and again. Wales was like that for me. Loved it. We also found small cafes and pubs to eat in with the locals. Best trip ever.

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    1. It's an instant connection with a person or place that makes them special.

      A friend of mine likes Wales, too. Her dad was Welsh.

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  4. I never thought about there even being such a thing as pizza in Paris. I remember my trip to Italy years ago and I was shocked that we had to search forever to find a pizza place - and it wasn't even good pizza once we found it! Your Paris pizza place sounds wonderful! Happy New Year! :)

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    1. I was just as surprised. Paris pizza? It was the freshest one I'd tasted in years. On our other two visits to this restaurant, we had French food. It was so close to us. . .and within walking distance to the Seine River.

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  5. D. G., now you've made me hungry and way before dinner time! I love the blue/purple colors of your blog.

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    1. Sorry to stir the appetite. Reading about food does that to me too.

      My point was that something unexpected like a pizza place would also serve French meals. 'Never assume' is a good rule.

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  6. I love the food in Paris. My husband and I ate at the Cafe du Flor pictured above. We enjoyed it there!

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    1. It seems to have retained its atmosphere over the years. Lucky you, Sherry

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