Monday, 11 November 2013

{Pizzeria D'Auteuil}

Everyone has a local pizza place right? Somewhere they can rely on for some quality crust and generous servings of cheese, when nothing but pizza will satisfy those tummy rumblings. But does Nicholas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni frequent your local Italian? Just me, then.

That's not to say that my new love, Pizzeria d'Auteuil is a snooty or expensive restaurant. Quite the opposite - it's a hearty, authentic, crowded joint full of families and friends. I mentioned it in a blog post when I first arrived in Paris, but back then I was just a drooling passer-by, face squished against the window in hunger. Now I'm a fully fledged member, having enjoyed both take-aways (their pizza hit the spots perfectly on a busy work day) and long evenings of wine & Italian food at the pizzeria.

My personal recommendations? A bottle of red wine, especially if it's cold and rainy outside. Mozzarella balls to start, served with a rocket salad - so of course they are super healthy. The carbonara linguine was one of the best carbonaras I've ever had, perfectly creamy and very good pizza:bacon ratio. Pizzas are anyone's game, all the ones I've tried have been delicious.

After my gastronomic tour of Southern Italy with my Neapolitan friends this summer, I'd consider myself a bit of a snob when it comes to Italian food - but the Pizzeria d'Auteuil doesn't disappoint. Hey, even France's ex-president agrees with me! If you can find any room left (I find there's often a space specially reserved for chocolate), make sure you get the chocolate ice cream sundae - I'd advise you to split it. Ice cream, hot fudge sauce and whipped cream - the perfect way to round up a meal, in my opinion. Just enjoy the waddle home!

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