© Ivan Torrres
At the end of the day you'll be looking for somewhere to refuel.
Les Arcs is extremely close to Italy, some 10km as the crow flies, and the pizza in this area tends to be very good and rather authentic. The focus is almost exclusively on the quality of ingredients with fresh, often regional, ingredients used to embellish crispy thin bases.
Let is present the best pizza restaurants from across Les Arcs.
Le Refugepizz, Plan Peisey
A relatively small place found a stone’s throw away from the Vanoise Express in Plan Peisey, primarily a takeaway place serving local customers. There are a handful of tables inside with a couple outside, where you enjoy a sit-down meal of excellent pizza just a few steps from the pistes. The dining area may be compact but it's perfectly formed and decorated in a modern chalet style. When the sun is shining and the skiing is sweet, call ahead with an order for collection to be enjoyed whilst sitting on the Peisey lift.
The pizzas themselves are huge and very competitively priced. The menu is massive, with enough variation to surprise even the most well-travelled pizza enthusiast, and also features traditional accompaniments/alternatives like salads and pasta dishes. If you're staying in Peisey-Vallandry, make sure you visit early in the week (so you have the chance to go a second time) and, if you are staying elsewhere in Les Arcs, I would highly recommend a lunchtime trip. Just remember, it's closed some days of the week so it's always worth checking before you plan to go there.
Le Cairn, Arc 1600
Le Cairn is located in the Place du Soleil between the two Arc 1600 snow fronts. It's not the cheapest restaurant but the food is definitely some of the best. The pizzas are massive and when accompanied with a side salad, easily sufficient to feed two. The service is fast and friendly, helping you to maximise your time on the slopes.
In addition to automatically providing water and bread to the table, you're always presented with a large bottle of chilli oil. Be warned though, this oil packs flavour and HEAT! Another place where booking in advance is recommended, particularly if you're part of a large group or if you ski during the school holidays. Fortunately, the restaurant is open every day during the season, so you should have ample opportunity to get a table.
Pizz’Attitude, Arc 1800
Pizz’Attitude have two locations in Arc 1800, one below the Transarc in Les Villards and another at the Charvet end of the resort, under the Place du Soleil. Pizz’Attitude also serves two different sizes of pizza (Ø26cm and Ø33cm). They have an extensive menu which includes not only the omnipresent tomato-based “Red” pizzas and the lesser-spotted “White” sauce pizzas but also the presumably unique “Rose” pizza which sports a mix of the two above dressings. The award for most regional Savoyarde-themed pizza must go to the discreetly-named “Quatre Fromage” which, in addition to the usual house cheese, is topped with Reblochon, Gruyere and Auvergne blue cheese; it’s insanely cheesy, which is clearly a good thing.
Open non-stop every day throughout the winter, both places primarily serve your pizza to take away. If you really want to “eat in” there are a couple of tables available but at the Le Charvet restaurant you would still, technically, be eating outside. Apparently, Pizz’Attitude also deliver within resort, although the bulk of accommodation within Arc 1800 is within a short walking distance of one of the two shops, so that’s largely unnecessary.
Bulle Café, Arc 2000
The Bulle Café is actually a popular bar selling food on the piste next to the Arcabulle chairlift. Pizza is sold by the slice, along with sandwiches, platters of charcuterie and other bar snacks. The Bulle Café makes it possible to enjoy a slice of ready-made pizza (and perhaps a swift lager) with minimal waiting and without having to technically leave the slopes. Uncomplicated, tasty and inexpensive, the Bulle Café is a great place for a short stop and a cheeky slice.
Ski Roc, Bourg St Maurice
Situated opposite the train and bus station in Bourg St Maurice, Ski Roc is perfectly placed for anyone arriving (or departing) by train. It’s also practically on the main road to the Les Arcs resorts, making it a great stop-off for the self-drivers. Specialising in pizza and burgers, the restaurant is super-relaxed and fun. The decor is somewhat like an American diner but with very obvious concessions to the skiing heritage of the region. Prices are very competitive, and they can also furnish you with a litre-glass of beer. The pizzas are good quality, the location is handy and you get very decent value-for-money. Always worth a visit.