Nothing makes me feel more a part of my neighborhood than the high-spirited smiles and positive energy that radiate from the tiny cubbyhole that is my favorite pizzeria in all of Paris, Le Four du 12.
Just a two-minute walk from the métro stop Porte Dorée and five minutes from the entrance to the Bois de Vincennes, Le Four du 12 (pronounced “douze”) is tucked into a small space just big enough to seat 10—with some extra seating outside. The open kitchen is clean and crisp; no frills and no grease splattering here—only modern, simple design. Scatterings of the day’s fresh ingredients are arranged meticulously in the front window.
If the mouth-watering aromas don’t pull you in, put one foot in the door to get a glimpse at the the pizzas du jour, on display in all their glory. That’s sure to do the trick!
These pizzas are unique, though—the dough is presented in large, rectangular slabs (almost focaccia-like) that can be custom cut to your desire. Each piece is then weighed for pricing.
But let’s be honest, the best part is deciding which unique topping combination will tickle your fancy: truffled ham, shiitake mushroom and fresh mozzarella? Basil, cherry tomatoes, and Parmesan shavings? Or maybe a roasted vegetable medley? Why not a little of each?
With different combinations offered every day, be sure to come back often to try more!
Whatever your choice may be, I assure you that you can’t go wrong. Along with your pizza (and depending on the day), you can opt for fresh, homemade pasta or add a homemade dessert to finish off the meal with a sweet bite.
Dine in or get your food to go and take it to the Bois de Vincennes for a next-level picnic.
As you stroll away with a blissfully full belly or saunter over to the park and settle in for your tasty treat, don’t pinch yourself—you have indeed landed in the Parisian version of a feel-good movie!
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