Ever tried a ‘champignon de Paris’? A real one? The kind cultivated exclusively at some point in the catacombs of Paris? A real champignon de Paris has become a bit of a gastronomic legend. Even if the box has ‘Champignon de Paris’ written on the supermarket label, chances are, they weren’t ‘made in Paris’.
True ‘champignon de Paris‘ still exist in the vast network of tunnels under Paris. Just a few kilometres from Paris’ financial district of La Defense, a quarry continues to cultivate the real deal. It is owned by the grandson of a champignonnière de Paris, Angel Moioli. He produces around 300kg per week and sells to locals who come to buy from him, as well as local restaurants and chefs.
Addresses for Champignon de Paris:
— Angel Moioli’s Champignonnière “Les Carrieres”: Angle de l’avenue du Général de Gaulle et de la rue Jean Macé, 78360 Montesson
— Clos du Roi: 11 rue Pagnère, 95310 Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône