A snazzy Neapolitan pizzeria draws in diners with excellent bases and an alluring array of original toppings.
Popine seems a little out-of-place on the Boulevard de Ménilmontant, where high-quality restaurants are generally few and far between. Cutely decked out with trendy wooden tables, a wall-length bar counter and plenty of exposed brick, this Italian restaurant offers a brilliant menu of pizzas, split across three mouth-watering categories (Rosse, Bianche and Gourmet).
The produce is largely from Naples, so we opt straightaway for the Casernata (€17), a typical variety from the town of Caserte in Campania, featuring toppings like bitter rapini (a broccoli-like green vegetable), a gorgeous smoked sausage, provola (a Campanian cheese) and a healthy dose of a fruity Muraglian olive oil. In true Italian style, here the dough is equally as important as the toppings – it’s generously thick but also quite airy, due to a 24-hour resting period before baking.
Bizarrely, there are only three Italian wines to choose from, but the Puglian Negroamaro is a particular treat. The three dessert options lack any real punch or pizzazz but are still nicely done, especially the melt-in-the-mouth hazelnut mousse and the agreeably buttery candied orange cookie.
TRANSLATION: FLORA HUDSON
108 boulevard de Menilmontant
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 8am-2am; Sat-Sun 10am-2am|
|Transport:||Metro: Père Lachaise or Ménilmontant|
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This place is great - service is not overly fussy and the other diners seemed to stay well after they'd finished their meals. Expect to need someone to explain the toppings and go for the tomato rather than the bianco base. Decor is simple and chic. And it's open on a Sunday which is a rare thing in Paris!