Bella Pizza, 13 Avenue Michel Aribaud, 66400 Ceret.  Tel 04 68 87 70 26

Review by Steven and Denise Brady, Reynes

Ceret has more than its fair share of cafes and restaurants but a relative newcomer on the scene is attracting rave reviews from both locals and visitors.

Bella Pizza is your typical French street-corner eatery. A small terrace opposite the music museum and Salle De L’Union complex contains modern metal tables and chairs, and there is space indoors if the weather is unpleasant.

Of course, pizzas dominate the menu but they have recently added other dishes in response to demand from customers.

Alongside the Vesuvios, Romanas and Margaritas, there are now fabulous salads, steaks, desserts and even sweet pizzas for the seriously sweet-toothed. Noticably absent from the menu is a starters’ section, but who needs an entrée when the portions are so generous?

Having exhausted the extensive list of pizzas on our numerous visits to this restaurant we both opted for Entrecote this time. The steaks were seasoned to perfection, trimmed a little more than others we have tried locally, tender and delicious.

Along with a healthy portion or crispy, fluffy fries and dressed greens it tasted as good as it looked - delicious. And all for 14 euros.

With tummies full we probably shouldn’t have gone for dessert but we were glad we did. Chocolate fondant was gooey and gorgeous and the patisserie of the day was a fruit roulade which was fresh, light and crisp.

We opted for beer with the meal, and the Catalan favourite Cap D’Ona is on tap here for three euros (25cl) and a half pichet of juicy rouge which cost six euros.

Bella Pizza also has a selection of aperitifs, soft drinks and other wines.

We couldn’t finish this review without passing on our opinion of the restaurant’s long list of pizzas. We are steadily working our way through the list (there are 50 to choose from!) and we can safely say they are the best pizzas we have eaten in the south of France – ever! Light and crispy bases, made from dough mixed on site in front of your eyes, the toppings are imaginative and varied with a selection of crème freche pizzas for those who like cream with their crunch.

Seriously delicious, and with sit-down prices averaging ten euros (cheaper for takeaway) they are a bargain lunch for two if you decide to share because they are a good size at around 12 inches.

All in all, it is no surprise that the queues regularly stretch from Bella Pizza’s doors for lunch and dinner (open every day apart from Thursday) as takeaway customers swarm for their boxes.

We cannot recommend this restaurant enough to anyone who hasn’t already been (word is spreading fast). It’s not the biggest restaurant in town so it would be advised to reserve a table.

Bon appetit!

Bella bella… the little restaurant with a 

big future!

TOP - Denise with the steaks, middle, chocolate fondant, bottom, summer fruit roulade

Madness in the heart of Perpignan

RIGHT IN THE CENTRE of Perpignan, among the cathedrals and cloisters, is a place where music fans can dance the night away to their favourite artists.

Campo Santo is a live music venue set in a 14th century funerary cloister.

 

Just the kind of place you would expect to see Suggs and the Nutty Boys belting out their hits from the glory years of Madness!!!

 

The UK band played a fantastic set as part of the Live au Campo series of open air concerts, all in the shadow of the majestic Cathedral Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

 

Live au Campo 2018 has also seen international superstar Norah Jones performing along with French artists Julien Dore, Julien Clerc, Selah Sue, Brigitte, Easy Skanking, Gabriel M, Kilembe and the Lisa Jazz Threesome

 

This year's festival has been extended from two days to five to accommodate the growing number of music lovers who want to see their favourite acts perform in such a unique, beautiful and historic setting.

Pictured, Madness performing live at Campo Santo

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