Maria Luisa Pizza Empire Expands with l’Altra
Paris. I was so happy to see this Maria Luisa spin off restaurant open in my neighborhood this week. The size here has been scaled down from that of Maria Luisa and La Briciola to create a more intimate atmosphere, while the all glass walls make window seats great for people watching. The menu is exactly the same so we ordered the tried and true Diavolo and the 4 Formaggi. The Diavolo was perfect as usual with just enough of a spicy sausage kick. The 4 Formaggi however was so loaded with cheese and therefore moisture that the center of the pizza turned to soup. The integrity of the crust was not enough to support that amount of wetness and it just disintegrated. Based on my all around positive experiences at the other restaurants though, I still have hope for l’Altra. I might just give them some time to work out their opening week snafus.
The verdict? 3.5 out of 5 for a great Diavolo pizza, intimate (though admittedly bobo) atmosphere and a seriously soggy four cheese pizza.
Practical Info: l’Altra is located at 52 rue Saint Maur in the 11th. Dinner for two with wine around €40.