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Pizza e fichi: Roma in Paris.

Pizza e fichi: Roma in Paris.

Pizza e fichi has some delicious pizza sold by the slice (al taglio). The meet and cheeses used for the pizzas come from Italy. The dough is made every 24 to 48 hours and the toppings vary daily — they are made with fresh ingredients (except for the mushrooms when they are not in season.) Slices costs 3,80€ (classic) or 4,80€ (gourmet). I love their pizza dough, it is soft in the middle and slightly crunchy on the outside—just enough to feel a slight resistance when biting.

Pizza e fichi
17 Rue Alexandre Dumas
75011 Paris
tel: 01.43.67.50.11
Metro: Rue des Boulets, Alexandre Dumas

M-F: 12pm-3pm / 6.30pm-9.30pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Retro Bottega in Paris: Drinks and Italian goodies on a side street.

Retro Bottega in Paris: Drinks and Italian goodies on a side street.

La Retro Bottega is a nice spot for an apéro or a simple lunch; it is located on a small street, right off the Faubourg Saint Antoine’s dense traffic. Sit around their makeshift-like tables for a plate of homemade Italian food or buy some charcuterie and a bottle of wine to go, either way you’ll enjoy their products.

Retro Bottega
12 Rue Saint-Bernard
75011 Paris
tel: 01.74.64.17.39
Metro: Faidherbe-Chaligny

Pasta Linea: A tiny Italian deli/restaurant in Paris.

Pasta Linea: A tiny Italian deli/restaurant in Paris.

Pasta Linea is tiny in size but grand in many other ways. Owner Silvia Pronzato will welcome you the same way she would welcome a friend and she will make sure that you stay as long as you want. It doesn’t matter that there are only three tables that seat only ten people altogether. If the tables are taken you can get your food to go, there’s a lovely place with benches right around the corner: Place du Marché Sainte Catherine, or Place des Vosges a few blocks away. Everything at Pasta Linea is Italian, the wines, the oils, the cold cuts, the stone-ground flour used for the homemade fresh pasta, ravioli or lasagna, everything except the bread. Main dishes are about 12€ (7€ to go). If there is no bread left for sandwiches (6€ to go) she may suggest that you go get your own, bring it back, and will take it off the price of the sandwich. The antipasti plate (12€, or 7€ to go) is a combination of roquette, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella di bufalo, cucumbers, lentil salad, small onions soaked in balsamic vinegar, carrot salad, baby artichoke hearts, red peppers, eggplant and zucchini…It’s one of my favorite joints for a late lunch where you can walk in and be sure to find an open table—the joys of good restaurants that serve all day.

Pasta Linea
9 Rue de Turenne
75004 Paris
tel: 01.42.77.62.54
Metro: Saint-Paul

Tu-F: 12pm-7.30pm
Sat-Sun: 12pm-7pm
Closed on Monday

Soboa: The best ravioli in Paris.

Soboa: The best ravioli in Paris.

Soboa, Specialità Italiane. Soboa is an Italian delicatessen in Paris, near Bastille. It is tended by an Italian couple who are always busy working in the back of the shop, making small pizzas and amazing colorful fresh ravioli. I highly recommend the spicy sun-dried tomato ravioli as well as the squid ink-cuttlefish ones. Servings are between 150-200 gr/person and cooking time is 3 minutes in boiling water, no more, no less. Count 2,95€/100 gr. Oh, and don’t leave Soboa without buying some bresaola and some of their homemade amaretti cookies! There is no eating in the shop, the food is only to go.

Soboa
187 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
75011 Paris
tel: 01.43.79.07.00
Metro: Faidherbe-Chaligny

Tu,Th, F: 9am-1.45pm / 3.45pm-8pm
W, Sat: 9am-1.30pm / 3.45pm-8pm
Sun: 9am-1pm
Closed on Monday