Paris-Bastille and the Marais
May 11, 2018
Pizza and cocktails: these are two of our favourite things, so a bar offering both (and doing them both well) gets our seal of approval. Grazie combines a casual pizzeria vibe with the buzz of a cocktail lounge step inside this lively joint and you could easily imagine yourself at a New York eatery. (It’s no surprise that the place does seem to attract a fair share of American tourists pining for home food). The interior is best described as industrial chic concrete walls, exposed wooden beams, basic tables (and, er, a stuffed peacock) but the pizzas are superior and the drinks are a further cut above. The pizzas are prepared in front of you in the large, open ovens, which is always a great sign, and though they aren’t particular cheap they are certainly tasty and well made, with all the usual suspects are represented on the menu. From the inventive cocktail list, the Vie en Rose is a gin and tonic with a Mediterranean twist and the sake and wasabi Bloody Mary is guaranteed to give you a kick, or try the super smooth basil and honey martini. They also do a mean Breakfast Martini as well as a range of well-executed classic drinks. The pizzas meanwhile are more than just cocktail-fodder, being as good as you’re likely to find in Paris though be warned that makes it popular destination, so it’s worth reserving a table on busy nights or you might have to go away disappointed. Given the atmosphere it’s more the place for a friends’ catch up than an intimate, impress-your-date rendezvous, but if you want some of the best made pizzas in the city, Grazie might just be your ideal night out.