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Apt: La Flamand Rose

39, rue Rene Cassin , Phone: 04.90.05.81.30

Closing day: Wednesday & Thursday

Reviewed by: Perpetual Traveler from VA, review #2867

When: 2008

A very small pizzeria not far from Cinema Cesar serving Italian pizzas made with the finest of French ingredients.

Le Flamand Rose, photo by Perpetual Traveler

If there was a single reason to love this restaurant, it is that it is open on Sundays. We arrived in Apt in the late afternoon, jet-lagged and starving. While there were a few options in the center of town, the opportunity for pizza was a simple choice.

Le Flamand Rose is run by a husband and wife. The dining room is small but the tables are spacious and there is ample room for parties of six as we observed some locals coming in to dine as a large group. In the corner and visible to the guests is a wood burning oven for baking the pizzas. We found the decor and layout of the dining room to be cozy and informal. Those arriving for take out can walk up the counter in front of the oven and place/wait for their order to finish.

While there is a fixed price menu for 18 euro that includes a pizza, an entree, and a dessert, we decided to order a la carte. We ordered a mozzarella pizza, a green house salad, and a tagatelli carbonara.

The husband prepares each pizza with care and deftness in view of the customers. His crusts are paper thin and the mozzerella was equally sliced paper thin. As we watched him prepare the pizza, we knew that of all the things in their restaurant, making the pizzas was his passion. Carefully he would rake the coals out of the way then in would go the pizza. Less than three minutes later, he would turn it in quarters until it had been completely turned. Another two or three minutes and it was out of the oven and onto a plate. Ours was done to perfection, crisp crust in all parts, including the center. The mozzerella was melted but not browned. A chile/herb flavored olive oil is served on the side for garnish.

The tagatelli was a fresh pasta and a generous portion. The sauce was a creamy emmenthal with chopped strips of ham. A yolk was served fresh in the spoon that accompanied the dish and grated parmigiana was available on the side.

Perhaps what most impressed us, even more than the pizza, was the simple but well-executed house salad. A salad is only as good as its ingredients and this one did not fail to impress. Simple green lettuce was dressed in fresh olive oil, chopped fresh garlic, tomato wedges, and the nutty/earthy delight of a fine parmigiana reggiano. Each ingredient had a purpose with a distinct flavor and texture that melted together into a balanced whole.

For the pizza, the salad, the entree, and two glasses of house red wine, the total cost for two at dinner was 27 euro.

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