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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

Maison POS, Paris: Daily deliveries of fresh, seasonal organic food.

Maison POS, Paris: Daily deliveries of fresh, seasonal organic food.

Maison POS in Paris is a tiny food store that opened in December 2010. It has a small selection of seasonal and organic produce (if not organic it is pesticide-free) as well as some carefully selected dairy products (cheeses and yogurts), charcuterie, wines and ciders. Maison POS in Paris buys directly from the producers and chooses to buy in small amounts to get a quick turnaround of their products, thus ensuring their freshness. Maison POS makes a big pot of soup every day (flavor of the day on their black board) and it is sold to go with some organic bread. They sell oysters on the weekend!

Maison POS
90 Rue de Charonne
75011 Paris
tel: 01.43.70.83.01
Metro: Charonne

7/7
M: 5pm-9.30pm
Tu-F: 11am-2.30pm / 5pm-9.30pm
Sat: 10.30am-2pm / 5pm-9pm
Sun: 1pm-2.30pm / 5pm-9pm

40/60 (40X60) Pizza In Teglia: Gourmet Pizza in Paris.

40/60 (40X60) Pizza In Teglia: Gourmet Pizza in Paris.

Attention, pas plus de 150°C!” (Be careful, not more than 150°C!) the man exclaimed when I told him I’d warm up his pizza (which could be mistaken for a foccacia) for a later lunch that day. Yep, you don’t want to mess with their food!
Baked on a 40x60 cm sheet, the rectangular pizzas are sold by the slice. Vegetarian or not, the toppings are delicious and abundant, and the dough excellent; the restaurant is cosy and tastefully designed, and the two men who own the place make a very charming French-Italian team.
The seating is limited and the place quite popular so be ready to order your food to go (there are quite a few parks in the neighborhood in case the place is full.) Also, the restaurant can be rented for private parties during week nights.
You know how Italians are: If the food isn’t good they won’t it eat it. Well, 40/60 (40X60) is full of Italians.

40/60
44 rue Trousseau
75011 Paris
tel: 09.53.57.58.18
Metro: Ledru-Rollin, Faidherbe-Chaligny

Tu-Sat: 12pm-3pm / 7pm-11pm
Closed on Monday

Pink Flamingo in Paris: A different kind of pizza.

Pink Flamingo in Paris: A different kind of pizza.

*UPDATE: PINK FLAMINGO OPENED IT’S FOURTH PIZZA JOINT IN PARIS. IT IS LOCATED IN MONTMARTRE (18TH ARRONDISSEMENT.)

If you want a regular (as in classic flavor) pizza, you might want to try a different place. Aside from La Dante (tomato-mozzarella-basil) or La Cantona (8 cheeses), Pink Flamingo likes to offer flavors that will make you travel, which can be very useful if, for example, you can’t decide between pizza and Indian food (try La Gandhi: sag paneer, baba ganoush and mozzarella), or pizza and Spanish food (try L’Almodovar: pizza paëlla), or pizza and North African food (try La Macias: chicken cooked tajine style with cured lemon and olives)… Among the less unusual ones there’s also La Björk (smoked salmon, lumpfish roe and crème fraîche), La Basquiat (cured ham over gorgonzola and figs) or La Marcello (roquette with olive oil and balsamic vineger and parmesan.) As you might have noticed the pizzas are named after inspirational people who have made a difference in this world. While the pizzas are made in a traditional way—they use organic flour and all of the toppings are made with quality ingredients and fresh produce bought daily from the farmers market—Pink Flamingo likes to think of its product as something that stands out by its quality and novelty. And for dessert you can order some cheesecake.

Check out Pink Flamingo’s menu.
Deliveries are between 7pm and 11pm. They are made by foot or bike, hence the limited delivery area. Pink Flamingo cares more about the environment than getting the pizza to you super fast (that said, it’ll still get to you in a timely manner.) Last but not least, if you want to eat your pizza somewhere along the canal, you can order it at their restaurant in the 10th, leave with a Pink Flamingo balloon and when it’s ready they’ll come look for the balloon!
For food to go and to eat along the canal there’s also Le Cambodge restaurant.

Pink Flamingo 3rd arrondissement
105 Rue Vieille du Temple
75003 Paris
tel: 01.42.71.28.20
Metro: Filles du Calvaire

open 7/7
M-F: 12pm-3pm / 7pm-11.30pm
Sat, Sun: 12pm-4pm / 7pm-11.30pm

Pink Flamingo 10th arrondissement
67 Rue Bichat
75010 Paris
tel: 01.42.02.31.70
Metro: Goncourt, Jacques Bonsergent

Tu-Sat: 12pm-3pm / 7pm-11.30pm (last order and delivery at 11pm)
Sun: 1pm-11pm
Closed on Monday

Pink Flamingo 12th arrondissement
23 Rue d’Aligre
75012 Paris
tel: 01.43.43.47.07
Metro: Ledru-Rollin, Faidherbe-Chaligny

Tu-Sun: 12pm-3pm / 7pm-11.30pm (last order and delivery at 11pm)
Closed on Monday

Pink Flamingo 18th arrondissement
30 Rue Muller
75018 Paris
tel: 01.42.23.14.17
Metro: Château Rouge

Bistrot Beyrouth: The best Lebanese pastries in Paris.

Bistrot Beyrouth: The best Lebanese pastries in Paris.

If you are looking for Lebanese pastries in Paris, Bistrot Beyrouth is where you want to get them from. Baked to the perfect golden crisp and with the right touch of honey so the sweetness won’t make you hit your sugar wall instantly, the Baklava (layers of fillo pastry and cashew nuts brushed with butter), Bookaj (pyramid-shaped pastry with cashew nut filling in layers of fillo pastry and topped with pistachios) or Lady fingers (crunchy ground cashew nuts tightly rolled into fillo pastry), to name a few, will make you go back and order more. Count 5€ for an assortment of 6 pastries. Also, Bistrot Beyrouth serves an amazing rose-flavored infusion served with fresh mint leaves and aniseeds—it is their version of the traditional Lebanese café blanc (white coffee) and is a perfect hot beverage to accompany the pastries. The food is good (they serve a Lebanese-style burger with homemade French fries that I have to try) and the service is great. The service is non-stop from noon until midnight and the food can be ordered to go.

Bistrot Beyrouth
103 Rue de Charonne
75011 Paris
tel: 01.43.70.23.92
Metro: Charonne

M-Sat: 12pm-2am (Food is served all day until 12am)
Closed on Sunday

Au Bon Pho: authentic pho in Paris.

Au Bon Pho: authentic pho in Paris.

Located a few blocks away from the Beaubourg Museum, Au Bon Pho restaurant serves authentic and delicious food. The pho (7,50 €) is served with beef and tripe (as is traditional) and while the Asian customers will have it that way, the owner knows that most French people would prefer their soup without tripe and it is perfectly fine to ask for your pho without it. As for the bun bo (7,50 €), never before have I had such a generous portion of meat, and the perfectly cooked vermicelli was particularly enjoyable. Since papaya salad was on the menu we had to order it and it was better than expected: we asked for “really spicy” and that’s what we got, not the toned-down spicy-for-the-French. It also had plenty of that great strong fishy sauce, the kinda-good, kinda-bad fish sauce that Asian people love but westerners tend to frown at in large amounts. At Au Bon Pho restaurant, the cooks are dressed up in lab coats and hairnets, the walls are pink, the Asian customers are rowdy—it’s a lively place. The owner, a charming and talkative Laotian man who’s been living in France for the past 30 years, takes great care of his customers while still figuring out how to manage the growing number of patrons. Au Bon Pho opened in early March 2009, and serves all day seven days a week. For now.

Au Bon Pho
22 Rue au Maire
75003 Paris
tel: 01.42.72.88.32
Metro: Arts et Metiers

7/7
M-Sun: 11am-11pm

Le Camboge: A Cambodian restaurant in Paris.

Le Camboge: A Cambodian restaurant in Paris.

You will know when you stand in line at the door of Le Cambodge restaurant in Paris that you are in for a treat. No matter what night of the week, people start lining up as early as half an hour before Le Cambodge opens its doors (the fact that the restaurant doesn’t take reservations might also have something to do with it.) If you want to dine at 8pm get there early, otherwise come for the second or third sitting. Le Cambodge restaurant serves good food in a friendly atmosphere: you will be given a piece of paper to write down your order and you can be as goofy as you want with it. They will actually post their favorite orders/scribbles on their website and put it up on their walls. The most frequently ordered dishes are the bun bo special (10,50 €), ban hoy (13 €) and spring rolls (8,50 €). Vegetarians will find enough dishes on the menu to satiate their hunger, and customers can fill up their stomachs without emptying their wallets. For those who want their food to go, they will be called when the food is ready. Time can vary between 10 to 60 minutes depending on how busy Le Cambodge restaurant is. Along with Pink Flamingo pizza, Le Cambodge is a good address to have if you are planning on eating along the canal Saint Martin.

Le Cambodge
10 Avenue Richerand
75010 Paris
tel: 01.44.84.37.70
Metro: Goncourt

M-Sat: 12pm-2.30pm / 8pm-11.30pm
Closed on Sunday

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