'France' on Serious Eats

Slice Quotidienne: Pizza at the Eiffel Tower Snack Shop

You're not at the Eiffel Tower to eat (well, maybe at Jules Verne), you're there for the amazing view of the City of Lights, hopefully with your special squeeze, and hopefully as the sun sinks below the horizon, shedding its warm glow across the skyline. If you want pizza, mes amis, try Italy. If you want spectacular views from a tower that still stands at a 90° angle, Paris is your game. More

A Novel Way to Deliver Pizza in Paris

From the New York Times comes word of this charming-bordering-on-twee way of getting pizza delivery in Paris: By the water, there is a small pink dot of a helium balloon, bobbing in the intermittent breeze. The balloon is key. It was given to you by Pink Flamingo, a pizza parlor down the nearby Rue Bichat, whose bicycle deliveryman will use it as a beacon to locate you and present the five pies you've ordered (10.50 to 16 euros each). They're not all for you, of course—you've got friends to help eat the pizza and drink the four bottles of red... More

In Videos: Pizza Rocket

The Pizza Delivery FAIL video I posted last Tuesday prompted this comment from Bouudiii: "Reminds me of this video (quite famous here in France), where the guy guarantees pizza delivery within 4 minutes anywhere in Paris. Look at the mess (starts at 1:10)." The video, after the jump.... More

Paris Pizza Recommendation: Da Pietro

Reaching in to the Slice mailbag, we've got ... I'm with my family in Paris and just had a really serious pizza pie. The restaurant is called Da Pietro, located on Rue d'Mabillon in the 6th Arrondissement. Nobody had hyped me on the joint, but I kept walking past it all week, and something about it kept calling to me. I'm glad I listened. The pie I had is also called Da Pietro, and I can see why they decided to put their name to this particular pie. Its base is a Margherita, in the Una Pizza Napoletana tradition—fresh mozzarella,... More

Mon Dieu!

A Guide to the French. Handle With Care: "Never use the word 'toilette' when asking a host for directions to the powder room; try to avoid going there at all. Never say 'Bon appétit' at the start of a meal. Don't talk loudly. Never discuss your religion or your money at dinner. Eat hamburgers, pizza, foie gras, and sorbet with a fork. Always say 'bonjour' to the bus driver, and to fellow passengers on elevators. 'Pas mal' doesn't necessarily mean 'Not bad.' It can mean 'Great!'... More

Le Petit Camion de Pizza That Could

Editor's note: Last week, we ran an item on pizza in Reykajik, Iceland, sent in from homeslice Mark H. (aka Famdoc), who's written some reviews for us in the past (here and here). Mark grabbed some shots of the following: Dear Slice, While strolling the streets of Montpellier, France last month, I spied what must be the world's smallest pizza delivery truck, en route to a hungry, pizza-loving French person. —Mark H.... More

Judging in the America's Plate Pizza Competition

The following events took place last Tuesday, March 6, at the Javits Center in Manhattan, during the New York Pizza Show. I was on hand to judge in PMQ magazine's America's Plate pizza competition. Contestants came from Canada, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, and the U.S. I had wanted to live-blog the proceedings, but I experienced technical difficulties early in the day. So, here is the tape-delayed version of last week's events. 9:31 a.m.: I enter the Javits Center. It's my first time here. Lots of tall glass and concrete. Doesn't seem very inspiring for a building that in many... More

Photo of the Day: Pizza Lapin

Paris traffic 6, blogged to Slice from the Flickr photostream of Mollivan Jon Speaking of delivering pizza earlier today (well, dough, anyhow), here's a crazy picture from France. Hmm, rabbits + pizza = beaucoup slices.... More

Dear Slice: NY-Style in Paris?

Dear Slice, I was wondering if you know where I could find a decent slice in Paris. I've been dying for some New York–style pizza. Best regards, Viktor A: Hmm. Like so many of the questions we get here at Slice, we simply don't know the answer. I've never been to France, much less Paris, and I don't think Seltzerboy has, either. I'm pretty sure E-Rock's visited, but he was probably too far gone on wine to bother with les pizzas. So let's open it up to the international community of pizza lovers: Does anyone know if there's a New... More

Vive la France: Pizzaria Étienne

From the New York Times Going To column—this time Marseille: Nearby is Pizzaria Étienne, (5) 43, rue Lorette (no phone), which opened in 1943 in its now-dilapidated stucco house. Locals swear it's the best pizza in the world. It was packed and raucous even at 11 p.m. on a weeknight, the waiters all seemed to have tattoos, and there were old photos of famous footballers covering the walls. It was worth waiting for a table in an awkward line by the bathroom. The pizza ($9), which comes with either cheese or anchovies, ranked high on my best-ever list. (Dinner... More

J'adore les pizzas

Photograph from the New York Times We at Slice never went through that whole hate-the-French thing, but if you did, check this out: The French aren't so bad; they like pizza, too. And it looks like there's even such a thing as French–style pie. And we're not talkin' Stouffer's. Nice, France — FRANCIS CRESCI'S decision to ban mozzarella at the pizzeria he opened here in 1956 was less a matter of taste than conviction. It echoed the insistence of his grandfather, an immigrant from Umbria in Italy, that nary a word of Italian be heard in the family's new... More

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