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Quartino: great pizza in Paris (4è)


The Pizza Cognition Theory, posited by Sam Sifton, former New York Times restaurant critic, states that

The first slice of pizza a child sees and tastes … becomes, for him, pizza.

I don’t necessarily agree with the theory, but I like it none the less. Maybe my problem is that I think there are different kinds of good pizza, depending on the situation.

Quartino street

On Rue Rambuteau, between Rue du Temple and Rue Renard/Beaubourg (if that means anything to you)

If I want pepperoni, the only way I’m getting that in Europe is by eating American pizza (Dominos, Pizza Hut) which is fine as the whole experience is nostalgic. If I want my pizza to be a meal, I’ll go to a more traditional Italian pizzeria or restaurant and get something wood-fired with some cheese, tomato, green stuff and a protein on top.

But if I’m just hungry or want plain good pizza, I head to Roman-style pizzerias and Quartino, located in the 4è near the Centre Pompidou (map), is the best I’ve come across in town. Quartino is an al taglio Roman place meaning that the pizza has a very thin crust and is cut to order from a big rectangular pie.

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The place itself is compact but comfortable. Upon entering, you see all the pizzas currently available under a glass case on the left and if you can’t tell what something is, you have to ask because the pizzas are so fresh and go so fast that they don’t bother putting name markers on them.

After ordering at the counter and paying, your pizza is put into an oven and made piping hot. The person working the counter cuts each slice with scissors into smaller, manageable bites and then serves them table-side on a wooden board. And they always give you napkins, something that I really appreciate.

There are a few family style tables with high chairs opposite the pizza case and some traditional two-tops in the back near the open kitchen. There has been an Italian guy in there making pies every time I’ve been which just makes me feel like I’m in good hands.

Mmmm, that's good.

Mmmm, that’s good.

Perfect for: a quick bite or some pizza to go.

Not ideal for: a place to hang out and have long conversations.

Rating: HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Great pizza, clean place, reasonably priced. Quartino gets the Special Agent Dale Cooper Approval Award, this site’s highest honor.

Just the fax, ma’am

  • Quartino Pizza
  • 19-20 rue Rambuteau
  • Paris 75004
  • tel: 01 44 78 10 24
  • Monday-Sunday, 11h-22h

Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

9 thoughts on “Quartino: great pizza in Paris (4è)

  1. Thanks for the tip…I will try this place as I quite like Roman-style pizza but also like the Neapolitan-style. Pizza in Venice weren’t that great but we read somewhere that pizza is really not their speciality!!!

  2. Growing up in Jersey, to me it’s either NYC or my local place called Dominicks.

    • New York-area people are kind of spoiled as they have some of the best pizza in the country on every other block. Count yourself lucky that you’ve never had to eat crap like expatlingo!

  3. If the “Pizza Cognition Theory” were true, then sadly a “Red Baron” frozen pizza (eaten at my grandmother’s house at a tender age) would be “my pizza.” Luckily it’s not. I’d call that theory “busted.”

  4. I hope our first pizza isn’t “our” pizza…mine was probably those rectangular things they gave us in the elementary school cafeteria, haha. I definitely envy the topping options they have in Europe…when I studied over in the UK I became addicted to pizza with sweetcorn on top (which you can’t find anywhere around where I live in the US).

    I haven’t had true Italian pizza, but it’s definitely on the bucket list :)

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