I had been looking for opportunities to go to Pizzeria Popolare for a long time. Yesterday we were busy in Paris and finished quite late, so we decided to try it. Since it opened around a year ago, this place has become so famous & popular that there is always a queue in the street of people waiting for a place. Yes, we did have to queue for around 25 minutes, but the night was not too cold and we were in good spirits that day.
Do not expect to have a small table for 2 or a corner for your family. Here you sit at long tables where you occupy part of it and other unknown customers sit next to you. The decoration is very nice, starting from their famous windows covered with bottles of all kind of Italian and French liquors and illuminated from the back, which gives off a beautiful colourful mosaic.
They make authentic pizza napoletana here. It is a bit different from other types of pizza. I like it more for the atmosphere with the open kitchen, the wood burning ovens and the live music corner, than for the food itself, which was tasty but not necessarily the best pizza I have ever eaten. All the staff are or speak Italian and the candlelight and the animated crowd makes up the rest for a nice outing with friends or a couple for the most affordable pizza in the centre of Paris — if you don’t mind queuing up.