If you go to Paris with children, you should know about Pizza Pino. It’s a restaurant chain with four locations in the city and one out in the suburb of Vélizy, plus four in other cities across France. Before you say you’re not going to Paris to eat at a pizza chain, consider a couple of things: Your kids will probably love it. And this is a French pizza chain, with wine to go with your dinner and Crème Brûlée on the dessert menu.
What else is on the menu, besides of course pizza? There’s quite a selection of salads, from chicken Caesar to Caprese, mostly made with seasonal greens. Appetizers are fewer, and mostly built around meat and fish. This is as good a place as any to mention that “entrée” in French means appetizer, and what we Anglophones call an entrée is called a plat.
The main courses/plats include a long list of pasta dishes, from the familiar spaghetti bolognese to salmon lasagna (with both fresh and smoked salmon). There’s also steak, burgers (including chicken burgers), osso bucco, and more, even tartare (raw ground beef) with fries. Fish dishes include grilled salmon and deep-fried shrimp.
So, what about the pizza? There are nearly 20 kinds on the menu, most based on tomato sauce, though a couple, like the Soufflée, leave it out. The Marguerite, or Margherita, is your basic classic pizza: “Tomato sauce flavoured with herbs, mozzarella, fresh basil.” Others, like the Massimo, feature toppings that may seem strange to Americans, like egg and Boursin cheese.
If your kids are very young, or overwhelmed by the menu choices, they may be grateful for the children’s dinner with its few simple options — Marguerite pizza, a burger, or spaghetti bolognese, plus dessert and a drink for one price. This is just for children under 12.
Prices apparently vary between locations, with the Champs Elysées place being more expensive, so it’s hard to give a range. However, the whole chain (except that Champs Elysées location, which doesn’t seem to participate in any of the special promotions) offers a Menu Generoso: 15 euros for appetizer and main course, or main course and dessert, 19 euros for appetizer, main course, and dessert. This gives an idea what a meal will cost; also, online reviews warn that soft drinks can be pretty expensive here.
Pizza Pino locations in Paris are:
- 31/33, avenue des Champs-Elysées
- 4, place de la République
- 27, boulevard des Italiens
- 57, boulevard du Montparnasse
Editor’s Note: When out with the family we suggest stopping by to see one of the most famous landmarks, The Louvre. To learn more about this fascinating museum, click here.