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[Paris] La Briciola

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La Briciola

Add: 64 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Tel: 01 42 77 34 10
Hours: 12~2:30pm, 8~11pm (closed on Sun)
Price: [antipasti] €8~12 [pizza] €9.5~16 [dessert] €6~8
Visited on: Nov 2012

I know, I know, you didn’t come to Paris to eat pizza, but once in a while we all get a bit tired of French food and need a change of scene. On one such evening, I happened to pass by La Briciola, a small pizzeria that’s known to fire up one of the best Neapolitan pies in town…

The combination of delicious pizzas with affordable prices makes La Briciola a very popular place. Reserve, or come early.

Start with a glass of wine.

With a complimentary plate of juicy olives.

Salad of the day rocket leaves with red pepper, eggplant, and bresaola (€11) sounded quite promising but unfortunately there were a lot of rocket leaves and not enough of everything else. I wish we had chosen something else from the antipasti menu, perhaps a caprese salad or bruschetta.

On another note, I love the spray design of this balsamic vinegar. No need to worry about spilling or pouring too much!

Pizzas are La Briciola are grouped into pizze classiche (with house-made tomato sauce), calzone, and pizze blanche (without tomato sauce). My friend and I shared a pizze classice ricotta (€14), a tomato sauce-based pizza with ricotta, mozzarella, and basil. Simple and good, especially when drizzled with house-made spicy olive oil. Pizza of the day, a white pizza with gorgonzola, ham, cherry tomato and olives, was also very tempting, but alas we did not have enough space to enjoy it this time.

But of course, there’s always room for desserts. I wanted something rich but not filling, and the affogato al cafe (€8), which is fiordilatte (cow mozzarella) ice-cream with hot coffee, was the perfect choice. My friend, on the other hand, wanted something light, and was very happy with the sorbetto al limone con limoncello (€8), lemon sorbet with limoncello liquor.

The pizzas themselves are already enough to lure me back, but what impressed me most was La Briciola’s super friendly service. The manager (or owner?) made us feel so welcome with his attentiveness (just the perfect amount, not overly so), and even though the restaurant got very busy, our requests were always answered to very efficiently and warmly. La Briciola is a keeper, for sure.

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November 14th, 2012 at 4:59 am