There are restaurants enjoying a beautiful history: Chez Bartolo is the oldest pizzeria in Paris and after a few renovations, we had to check the magic behind the plates.
As soon as we arrived, the room serves a beautiful décor with lemon trees, a beautiful silver mural. It would be almost a shame that the pizza oven is hidden as it’s so beautiful, but we can only get a hint of it.
The menu sounds very tantalizing with antipasti, cheeses and cold cuts, specially with the pastas, the pizzas and secondi piatti like in Italy. Wood-oven cooked focaccia, vegetable antipasti, country cheese, as well as rack of lamb with pistachio crust, Milanese veal scallop, grilled squid, black truffle ravioli, wild prawn fregola, homemade ricotta gnocchi, the menu is a whole collection of delicacies!
It whets our appetites and we want to taste everything, but it would require several trips to explore the menu. We respect the Italian tradition ad order a plate of vegetables (and a board of cheese), the pizza tartufo, the paccheri with sausage and fennel (pizza and pasta won’t be jealous of one another), before some rack of lamb and grilled squid.
And what a mistake we made: the serving sizes of the starters are huge: the plate of vegetables (€14) itself could be a whole dish on its own, and cheese (€14) is so good we could eat it endlessly. Lucky for us, the waiter is on the look-out and goes tell the kitchen to give us some time to finish the antipasti before we resume our meal.
Pizza and pasta arrive, they’re hearty and well presented. We have the real Neapolitan pizza, with the deliciously floury dough and its nice crust. The pizza tartufo (€24) is hearty in truffle (and arugula): the taste isn’t too strong to make sure we can spot the different ingredients, but we think it lacks some crunch, even though it’s very good.
As for the paccheri with sausages and fennel (€21) are so good in their casserole filled with gorgonzola that enables a lovely contrast with the pasta al dente. We love each bite of this dish and the table next to ours ordered the fregola and they’re enjoying it too. Patrons are Italian and we are (pleasantly) surprised when the waitress naturally speaks to them in Italian. It’s at that very moment we realize we’re in a genuine and authentic Italian restaurant and it’s very charming.
The Secondi piatti arrive pretty soon after we ended our primi piatti (maybe they were afraid we would be no longer hungry). If you feel full, the smell of the rack of lamb (€29) is very mouthwatering and it’s so soft and perfectly seasoned with pistachio (even though the crust fell). As for the squid (€27), it’s perfectly cooked and will delight amateurs. It’s also served with caponata vegetables.
Sweet-toothed patrons will be over the moon with the tiramisu, the pistachio crème brûlée, the chocolate mousse with nocciola. Since we wee no longer hungry, we took a red berry panna cotta (€10), but it’s official, we’ll come back for the homemade panettone (€12) served like a French toast with some mascarpone ice cream!
We must confess we had eyes bigger than our stomachs, but everything was so good we couldn’t help ourselves. Many tables come here for a main course only. By the way, as any good pizzeria, Chez Bartolo also does in take-away pizza, give them a call if you happen to be in the neighborhood.
7 Rue des Canettes
75006 Paris 6
Les desserts: €10
Les pizza: €10
Les entrées: €12
Les pâtes: €16
Les plats: €22
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