My husband and I often walk south along Canal Saint Martin when we are searching for a restaurant. Sick of the same old pizza, I remembered that a friend had recommended a place to me with a quirky name: Pink Flamingo Pizza.
We headed down to the footbridge and crossed over the water to rue Bichat, where a tiny pizzeria peaked out from the sidewalk. The menu made it clear that this place was indeed not like the rest: La Bjork, a pizza with smoked salmon, crème fraîche and lumpfish roe, L’Obama, a cheeky way of naming their Hawaiian pizza with grilled bacon and pineapple chutney, or La Basquait, with gorgonzola, figs and prosciutto. Check the menu for more choices. The toppings are all fresh and the thin crust is made with organic flour and sel de Guérande, an organic French salt. If you like, you can make your experience more traditional by pairing your pie with a frosty Peroni.
There is a small room with seating next door to the order counter and a couple tables outside. If it’s warm enough, you can order your pizza and then go sit by the canal. They will give you a pink balloon so that the delivery guy on the pink bike can pick you out along the quai. How’s that for a pizza picnic?
Pizzeria Pink Flamingo
67 rue Bichat
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