January 27, 2019 Uncategorized No Comments

Grazie


I’d spent a culturally saturating morning at the Musée d’Orsay so was glad I’d booked for a hearty lunch at Grazie, a pizza specialist in the Le Marais neighbourhood.

After my lengthy stroll along the Seine, I was keen for a feed so the slightly chaotic service that I ran into upon arrival was a touch disheartening. Things lacked a slick flow throughout but thankfully this didn’t unduly hamper my experience.

I was intrigued by the large brick, wood-fired oven as it appeared to have a rotating floor plate, in the style of a lazy Susan, in the centre ensuring that pizzas spun around the heat source. This presumably lengthened the cooking process but offered the chance of more even cooking. Maybe.

Whatever the case, menus were brought from which I was delighted to see melanzane parmigiana listed as a starter so ordered that. I opted for their aurora pizza which was essentially a margarita but with fresh buffalo mozzarella. I sipped a decent local red ale in accompaniment.

The parmigiana was up first. It was a generous portion fresh from the rotating oven. It was a pretty satisfying rendition of a dish I eat a lot and value very highly. 

The pizza arrived looking much as expected. The process of cutting it up into slices revealed a crisp edge to the crust that recalled the New York slice bases I’d sampled at the start of December. This made for good eating although it seemed slightly at odds with a place that looked and felt like it was aiming for much more of a classic Neapolitan approach. 

Overall, it was good to visit one of Paris’ many pizza places and it felt like I chose a pretty good one. Maybe it was just my palate that located their pizza style closer to New York than Naples, so perhaps you should go and check it out to verify my findings.

Scores
Blythe scores Grazie
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14/20

I ate: melanzane parmigiana, pizza aurora

I drank: biere rousse 

I wore: Hawaiian shirt

Total bill: €38

Written by BKR