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Places We Love: Shanghai’s A Côté Pizzeria

Places We Love: Shanghai’s A Côté Pizzeria

Our Shanghai columnist Cindy Wang discovers a Côté, a small 12-seats pizzeria that serves only 10 Marseille-style pizzas and not much else. It’s simple, and it’s good!
By Cindy Wang

A Côté, literally “next door”, is a small pizzeria that serves only 10 Marseille-style pizzas and not much else. The lighting is warm and soft, the air is filled with quiet jazz, and the focal point of the darkly romantic room is a wooden communal table that seats about 12. There’s no novelty here. It’s simple, and it’s good.

The menu, a wooden plaque with 10 varieties of pizza and nothing else.

Genuine wood-fired ovens, sizzling and crackling away!

My favorite is the Royale (120 RMB), a gorgeous tomato sauce-based pie generously topped with mushrooms, ham, olives, and cheese. The crust is thin just the way I like it, and pulling one piece away from the pizza dish is not an elegant affair as the pie disintegrates. Juicy, greasy, messy, totally satisfying.

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Pizza Nutella (75 RMB) is another easy crowd pleasure. It’s shaped like a calzone, and wrapped inside the crusty dough are nutella sauce and whole hazelnuts. An indulgently sweet ending to a simple but scrumptious meal.

a Côté

Address: Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Lu, near Hunan Lu
Tel: 3368 8757
Hours: 12:00-2:30pm, 6:00-11:00pm (closed Monday)
Price: 80~160 RMB/12-inch pizza


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