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