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
26 Rue Léopold Bellan
3: Sentier; 4: Etienne Marcel
01 42 36 40 28
M–Th noon–2:30pm and 7–10:30pm, F noon–2:30pm and 7–11pm, Sa 7–11pm
Les Halles / Rivoli - 1er / 2eme, Paris –
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.
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+.
Ambient tunes barely audible beneath the clamor of conversation. People-watching on the sidewalk patio.
Around one hundred pizza choices, including vegetarian options, plus prix fixe dinners and some pasta, seafood, and meat dishes. Reservations recommended.
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
Dressy and understated classic: nice sweaters, pressed slacks, shined shoes, designer dresses, skirts, neat black pants, high heels, simple jewelry.
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.
Made in Italy (21 Rue Montorgueil) is a considerably cheaper alternative for younger partiers on the run looking for more traditional pizza.