Il Campionissimo

Italian Restaurant / Pizza Place
Il Campionissimo Il Campionissimo in Paris' 2eme is a high-end pizzeria with French-meets-Italy fare. Grab a swanky slice of pizza in Paris with Party Earth. Salsa di Awesome! Paris France 48.8667095 2.3454013
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Il Campionissimo - Italian Restaurant | Pizza Place in Paris.
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Party Earth Review Paris may not be famous for its pizza, but Il Campionissimo chef Arlette Cadot is trying to change that by adding a touch of France to this Italian specialty, and offering nearly a hundred creative slices bursting in foie... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    3: Sentier; 4: Etienne Marcel

  • Phone:

    01 42 36 40 28

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th noon–2:30pm and 7–10:30pm, F noon–2:30pm and 7–11pm, Sa 7–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Il Campionissimo Review

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Il Campionissimo in Paris' 2eme is a high-end pizzeria with French-meets-Italy fare. Grab a swanky slice of pizza in Paris with Party Earth. Salsa di Awesome!

Paris may not be famous for its pizza, but Il Campionissimo chef Arlette Cadot is trying to change that by adding a touch of France to this Italian specialty, and offering nearly a hundred creative slices bursting in foie gras, pear, and fig.

And if the consistent crowds are any indication, Parisians-ah like-ah the pie!

The “Arlecchino” foie gras pizza, in fact, won big at the prestigious pizza competition of Salsomaggiore Terme in 2009…perhaps a doughy premonition of the economic woes that hit Italy soon after.

Situated in a stylish space just around the corner from its tiny former location, the venue‘s dishes are a far cry from the culinary cardboard of college yore, all topped with unique ingredients like honeydew melon, chutney, and truffles.

As well-dressed diners pour in, waiters bounce between the terrace, the main dining room, and the adjoining private seating areas tucked into the perimeter of this sprawling space. Bold red and white walls dotted with intricate chandeliers give the venue a modern air, while an open kitchen inspires hunger as the scent of freshly baked goodness wafts out.

An upscale and critically recognized pizzeria, Il Campionissimo is not a place to grab a quick slice on the way to somewhere else. Rather, the restaurant is an experience in itself, where trendy cool pizza fans, adventurous tourists, and bruised-ego Italian expats sit for hours sampling the many flavors with a bottle of wine.

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Tip from Emma:

Unsure where to start when faced with Il Campionissimo’s ten-page menu? The Formules Carnaval, Formules Bosco, and Formules del Mare provide prix fixe samples of the more famous pizzas, as well as wine and desserts chosen to accompany the flavors.

  • Crowd

    Impeccably coiffed Parisians, guys looking to impress their dates, couples celebrating anniversaries, boisterous groups of trendy friends, curious foodies looking to splurge, and older business types with clients in tow, 25+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient tunes barely audible beneath the clamor of conversation. People-watching on the sidewalk patio.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Around one hundred pizza choices, including vegetarian options, plus prix fixe dinners and some pasta, seafood, and meat dishes. Reservations recommended.

  • Prices

    Appetizers €7–€26, salads €12–€17, pizza €10–€33, pasta €11–€20, fish and meat specials €18–€20, prix fixe courses €69–€74/serves two, desserts €2.50–€17.

    Beer €5–€5.50, wine €5.90–€9/glass or €19–€104/bottle, champagne €45/bottle, apéritifs €4.50–€9

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dressy and understated classic: nice sweaters, pressed slacks, shined shoes, designer dresses, skirts, neat black pants, high heels, simple jewelry.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Venue is consistently busy by 7pm all week, but Friday and Saturday nights attract a wider variety of festive patrons, while earlier in the night/week can be ideal for an intimate date. Reservations are suggested at all hours.

  • Close By

    Made in Italy (21 Rue Montorgueil) is a considerably cheaper alternative for younger partiers on the run looking for more traditional pizza.

Il Campionissimo User Reviews

Average rating:
Good experience but know your French!
Amy S. Sep 4, 2012
This is a great place to go when you need a break from the traditional French scene. Decked out in metallic silver walls and bright red chairs, I forgot about the cobble stone street just outside the front doors and embraced the lively, upbeat atmosphere of the unexpected interior. The menu was not only extensive, but also creative and we had a hard time narrowing down to just one. The meal was awesome but had our waiter not helped with translation (the menu is in French and they do not offer an English version) we would have been disappointed with our selections as the names of the pizzas don't actually represent the toppings. Overall it was a good experience and think it's worth a try if you are in the mood for good pizza, but I would recommend making reservations because it fills up fast and is limited on seating.
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