Baston Pizza

Baston (Perpignan)

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Located near the banks of the Têt River, Baston Pizza sends out some mighty flavor bombs in the form of puffy pies – in fact, they’re some of the best pizzas we’ve ever had the pleasure of eating! Take a seat on the terrace under the pine tree or inside the imposing dining room done up with waxed concrete and immaculate tiles, while pizza-yolo Bastien Beaudouin (who trained in Naples) works his lightly fermented sourdough base, baked until golden at 500°C, then decorated with outstanding ingredients. The night we went, the first pizza came out topped with some incredible yellow squash and sun-drenched tomatoes, plus wild spinach, pine nuts and Parmesan, all drizzled in a lemony La Guinelle vinaigrette. But it was the second one that really knocked our socks off: a light dough that was moist and almost brioche-like, spread with homemade pesto, melted mozzarella and burrata, and topped with pistachio mortadella, basil, Parmesan and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil…. You’ll also want to gobble up the classic Margherita or the very spicy Salame Piccante pizzas. And to bring you back down to earth, a coffee tiramisu made with classic cookies or a Roussillon apricot soup… A real knockout spot! // Mado Réassouet

FEELING THIRSTYOne of the largest selections in town, with more than 300 bottles of clean wine to choose from (which are also sold to go): an Hérault white from Poivre d’Âne (€5 a glass), a local red blend from the Domaine Matassa, a Granite Gamay from Michel Guignier (€19 for each of the bottles)…. And even a few craft beers from La Mandra (€3.50 for a 330 ml beer on tap).

PRICEShared plates €7-14, pizzas €10-17, desserts €6.

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