Pizza Provence-Style

One of the things I am constantly searching for is good pizza. I know it seems odd, pizza and Provence don’t seem to go together, but you’d be mistaken. And likely pleasantly surprised.

 Le Ventoux pizza at La Tentation.

Le Ventoux pizza at La Tentation.

Since coming to Provence I have eaten a great many pizzas. There is truly nothing better than a cold pression (a draft beer) and a tasty pizza on a hot day after a long bike ride. Or for a quick little lunch. Pizza is a perfect package when done well and I’ve been searching high and low for great pizza. Luckily I’ve found a few.

 The Sault pizza truck - actually open!

The Sault pizza truck - actually open!

My first mind-blowing pizza was at the pizza truck in Sault, which we accidentally stumbled upon years ago. The pizza had chèvre, tomato sauce and a few olives with a super thin crust baked in the truck’s wood-fired oven. Crazy delicious, we told several friends and for a while, it was a crowd favourite. Then something happened, they seemed to never be open. Sault is quite a long drive from Vacqueyras, so it’s a major commitment and huge disappointment to find it closed. Plus the quality took a little dive so we needed to search out another option. 

A few years ago we happened upon Pizza Phil in Bédoin. We had ridden by many times and finally decided to stop in. It’s a little hole in the wall, but it’s always open in the summer, the beer is cold and they have my favourite kind: the Ventoux. This is a regional thing, I have never had pizza like this elsewhere. It has crème fraîche, potatoes, lardons and onions. It’s a take on the Savoyard dish tartiflette on a pizza. What’s not to love? We’ve been pretty pleased with Pizza Phil’s, it generally doesn’t let us down. But I’ve heard in the off-season you might not find it open as often.

And just last week Jason and Dale were out for a very long cycle and needed nourishment. In the beautiful town of Montbrun-les-Bains on the far side of the Mont Ventoux they found yet another piece of pizza heaven, La Tentation. Again, wood-fired with their own version of the “Ventoux” pizza, the dough was soft and the toppings delicious. The only downside was the distance from home. 

 The stunning village of Montbrun-les-Bains.

The stunning village of Montbrun-les-Bains.

Alas, there has been no shortage of delightful pizza over the years, and I hope to continue to unearth more hidden treasures along the way. Bon appetit!