Meatza Invades la France. Vive le Paleo en France!

This is really cool. You remember meatza, right? Well, one of the readers here, Paul Merino took the idea on over to a restaurant he frequents, Fratelli Pasta Bar in Sophia-Antipolis, France. The video below is of somewhat camera shy chef Gabriel Bellenger thanking me for the recipe. I’ll give you the translation of the short video below.

Fratelli Restaurant Meatza Workshop with Gabriel Bellenger from Richard Nikoley on Vimeo.


Gabriel: Richard is the guy who did it, right?

Paul: Richard Nikoley. Who popularized Meatza on his blog "Free The Animal".

Gabriel: I must prepare myself, Paul. I am not mentally ready [to record].

Paul: The paleo shock.

Gabriel: It is Richard, right?

Paul: Nikoley.

Gabriel: Ready?

Paul: Ready.

Gabriel: Alright, we are here live from France, Sophia-Antipolis [a high-tech park immersed in Mediterranean nature], at the ‘Fratelli’ restaurant. My name is Gabriel, and I wish to thank Richard Nikoley for his Meatza recipe. Which is the newcomer of paleo in France.

Paul: Excellent. Thank you Gabriel.

Gabriel: Thanks to Paul! Thanks to Paul which was and is a customer of my restaurant, and who introduced me to the paleo. It is with him now that we have experimented with the Meatza of Richard Nikoley. So Thanks to everyone [in the US Paleo community]. We will see.

That’s just great. Wonderful. And here’s a photo of the finished product (click on it for hi-res).

Meatza in France
Meatza in France

Oh, and according to Paul in his email, looks like it’s going on the menu:

We are going to refine the cost structure and sourcing strategy for the ingredients, in order to make it available to everyone at a reasonable price.

Then Paul added in a subsequent email that,

The point is that when Gabriel took over the restaurant about 1 year ago, he turned this pasta bar into a… mainly salad bar. His business inclination toward fresh and healthy combination of vegetables and proteins, made me a loyal customer and made him the ideal candidate for discussing – and now progressively rolling out – paleo.

Vive le paleo en France!

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  1. C. August on June 29, 2010 at 18:52

    Hell yes, we remember meatza! It’s now a staple in my house, and the kids clamor for meat-topped meatza. A thing of beauty. And I created a Mexican version and wrote about it on Modern Paleo.

    Great stuff, and I can totally see it being served at a fancy restaurant. There are so many possibilities recipe-wise, and with enough fat and protein, it’s probably like nothing the foodies have ever seen before. They’ll be tripping over themselves to proclaim how wonderful it is (because they’re all so nutrient deprived their bodies will be overpowering their mental defense-mechanisms).

    Those photos are great. I hope they call it “Richard’s Meatza”.

  2. Johnnyv on June 29, 2010 at 16:21

    Nice and just the thing to have for dinner tonight!

  3. Dan on June 29, 2010 at 18:25

    Wow dude well done. What an honour!!!!

  4. animal pharm on June 30, 2010 at 07:03

    International PALEO KING *haa!!*

  5. anand srivastava on June 30, 2010 at 07:22

    Congratulations Richard. I still have to try it. Need to think about how to convince my wife to let me use the oven for this recipe :-(.

  6. Deborah on June 30, 2010 at 12:38

    C’est magnifique! Bravo, Richard!

  7. Valda Redfern on June 30, 2010 at 14:35

    I visited Sophia-Antipolis several years ago on a business trip – wonderful setting on the mountain slope. (The ‘polis’ to which Sophia is opposite, by the way, is Nice.) And now, of course, there’s even more reason to go there.

  8. Gary Katch on June 30, 2010 at 14:40

    Félicitations, Richard. T’es devenu grande étoile dans le monde ‘”paleo”. En plus, t’as donné le cadeau de “meatza” comme échange culturel pour les escargots 🙂

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