La Chandelle

Trip Start Oct 19, 2011
Trip End Apr 25, 2012

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Flag of France  , Rhone-Alpes,
Sunday, January 15, 2012

A little bit off the beaten track, aka not on Rue Saint Laurent, La Chandelle Pizzeria Restaurant can be found just within Grenoble's city center. Chosen as the location of my friend's 21st birthday dinner party, this place was suggested to us with rave reviews and numerous compliments. However, no one could have expected not only the quality of the food, but also the quality of the entertainment to be so outstanding (and one of a kind.) 

Upon arriving at La Chandelle, I found that I was the 2nd of about 20 people to arrive. Lucky enough for me, the owner of the restaurant came over and asked who the birthday girl was. Of course, we couldn't point her out just yet, because she hadn't arrived, so he insisted that we point her out when she gets there. So you would assume, like I did, that at most typical restaurants (or pretty much all), when the restaurant surprises a dinner guest for their birthday, it is usually a dessert with candles/sparklers, balloons, etc. However, what my lucky friend received that evening, curtsy from the restaurant was so much better than a free chocolate brownie. 

Nearing the end of our meal, which was an outstanding display of pizzas and calzones from a wonderful menu, everyone anxiously awaited the surprise from the restaurant. Suddenly, we hear loud music, blasting from the kitchen, we all turn around, expecting to see a giant cake or something of the like to reveal itself from the back. No, lucky for us, the owner of the restaurant entered the restaurant while spinning pizza dough and dancing. Not only can he spin the pizza dough on his fingers, he also swirled it around under his legs, throwing it into the air and catching it with ease. It was like a circus act. Who knew that we got free entertainment with our meal? And to top it off, he pulled my friend out of her seat, dragging her to the center of the restaurant, and continued to spin pizza dough while circling and dancing around her. And if you think that was the pinnacle of the show, you are very wrong. He then took large amounts of dough and draped it onto of my friend, as if it was fabric and he was using her as a mannequin for his next creation. By the end of his work, my friend was wearing a robe, hat/crown, purse and other accessories. 

On top of the entertainment, the restaurant overall was amazing. Decor and ambiance was simple and clean. When you have good food and good service, why over compensate with decor? It's best to let the food speak for itself and not distract the diner with too many distractions. 

And the pizza was by the far the best I have had in the city. The crust was soft and crispy; the perfect combination. It was a thinner crust, but not too thin, where you couldn't taste any crust at all. The pizza on my menu for the evening was an Italian-inspired pizza, with basil, onions, tomatoes, parsley, spices and cheese. Simple but it made my taste-buds shout with excitement. And on the table for a little bit of heat, the restaurant provided bottles of olive oil. Home-made olive oil, infused with spices and red pepper. The perfect amount of kick to an already perfect pizza. 

Who knew that you could find the heart of Italy in the center of Grenoble? 
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