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Eataly to open in Paris

DSC01959Eataly in Rome

Eataly, the super-sized Italian food court/store with outposts in New York, Tokyo, and Istanbul, has struck a deal to open in Paris in 2015 or 2016. In partnership with Galeries Lafayette, Eataly will open their 6ooo m2 store in the Marais (so as not to compete with Galeries Lafayette’s own food hall) right next to the BHV.

While we were scratching our heads while visiting Eataly Rome, wondering why such a superstore was necessary in a city filled with excellent mom & pop purveyors, Eataly Paris seems like a brilliant idea. There are so few sources for good Italian products in Paris, and (we think) a lot of pent up demand. Between this, the opening of Caffé Stern, and whatever projects Giovanni Passerini and Pierre Jancou get up to next, we’re expecting a big wave of Italophilia in 2015.

Read the full story from Le Figaro

 

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Buvette Paris

Buvette

Manhattanite Jody Williams has brought her well-loved French “gastrotheque” back to the city that inspired the original rustic-chic café. The appealing drinks menu includes artisanal cider, organic beer, a tight selection of wines, and pages of cocktail and apéritif options. Small plates range from 5-10€ and include plenty of vegetarian options (salads with fennel or beets, ratatouille, a croque with wild mushrooms and tangy cheese) alongside satisfying miniature versions of coq au vin, os à moelle, and hachis parmentier. Service is kind, the design is familiar but beautiful – all in all a great addition to the already booming neighborhood south of Pigalle.

Practical information

Address: 28 Rue Henri Monnier, 75009
Nearest transport: Pigalle (2, 12), Saint-Georges (12)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open all day Tuesday-Sunday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 44 63 41 71
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Small plates & tapas, classic French, American
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Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2013) “Since vegetables are rarely well-represented on Paris menus, it was nice to see some salads on offer at the bar. We ordered the brussels sprout salad that my dining companion sent back because he thought the oil was passée. But we kept the individual Hachis Parmentier, a meaty casserole topped with pureed potatoes. It had a tinge of star anise in the sauce, which added a vaguely exotic flavor, while still honing close to the classic.”

Forest Collins (2013) “What confounded me, yet again, was the service. We were the only two customers in the place, while six staff members did everything except give us a menu…It’s all rather odd because – again – the staff seemed pleasant, friendly, and interested in the products but just a little unmaliciously negligent and confused about their priorities.”

Caroline Mignot (2013) “Je reste pourtant légèrement agacée de cette incohérence entre les contenants et leur contenu. Cela me laisse une impression de cuisine étriquée, de plats bien faits mais pas dans leur assiette. Dommage, c’est une cuisine généreuse en goût, mais la petitesse du contenants/contenu finit par l’emporter.”

Alexander Lobrano (2013) “The Croque Forestière–a Croque, or toasted bechamel and grated cheese topped sandwich, that followed was a big disappointment. It lacked the lush emollience of a really good croque–a fried egg might have helped, but there wasn’t one, and the bread was sliced too thick, the Forestière, or wild mushroom, filling had more texture than taste, and it was awkward to eat on a small plate.”

Paris Bouge (2013) “Dans les assiettes, vous trouverez donc, à Paris comme à New-York, des tartinettes de pesto et noix parmesan, des soupes du jour aux légumes de saison, des rillettes de canard, des fromages… Sans oublier le sucré avec des scones aux raisins, des croissants bretzels, des roulés à la cannelle, une mousse au chocolat démente, des gaufres toutes chaudes, des jus de fruits pressés à la minute, etc.”

Adrian Moore (2013) “It’s a comfy, friendly place that serves up old school Gallic comfort food as seen through the eyes of a Yankee chef (Jody Williams) , and it’s very decent, although I couldn’t help thinking “what a great business idea” all the time.”

Thierry Richard (2013) “Bref, une petite table de grignotage, sans plus, qui ne vaut sans doute pas tout le battage bobo qu’on en fait.”

Aaron Ayscough (2013) “The Paris Buvette feels eerily – at times hilariously – like a New York restaurant aiming to sell quasi-French small plates to Americans….Other classics had lost something in translation, as in coq au vin and hachis parmentier, whose incarnations as Buvette were significantly less flavourful than the those one finds at most business lunch bistrots.”

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Sassotondo

A Tuscan address from Frederic Hubig of Astier and Jeanne A.

Practical information

Address: 40 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3)
Hours: Dinner only, Wednesday-Monday; closed Tuesday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 43 55 57 00
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Italian

Reviews of interest

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “De jolis produits, cuisine juste, sait faire simple, composant des menus alertes, au gré de son inspiration et du marché…Le choix de vins est splendide.”

Caroline Mignot (2011) “Jolie table qui sent la Toscane, les plats bien pensés et un brin sophistiqués par rapport à l’Italie qu’on a l’habitude de goûter à Paris. C’est goûteux, joli, hyper pro…”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “…a terrific looking little restaurant…Exigent Italian food lovers at the table all, we agreed that this is a very good little restaurant and an especially good new option for Sunday night dinners.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2011)”…cet ultime italien de la saison révèle une belle plante de trattoria toute en climat, soignant le naturel mais savamment campée sur des produits de haute extraction…”

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Retro’Bottega

This little Italian épicerie-à-manger has just a handful of tables and plenty of heart. Plan to eat simple and product-driven fare and to drink whatever Pietro recommends.

Practical information

Address: 12 rue Saint-Bernard, 75011
Nearest transport: Faidherbe-Chaligny (8)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Last minute reservations usually ok
Telephone: 01 74 64 17 39
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Italian
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Reviews of interest

Aaron Ayscough (2014) “Reliably soulful, curious preparations: roast aubergine atop couscous, or burrata served with mango, white mushroom and chive. Russano is an improvisation artist, if not in the high-jazz register of the greatest chefs, then in the blustery, street-level manner of a freestyle MC.”

Aaron Ayscough (2011) “ A comfortable, soulful cave-à-manger with a refreshing, vegetable-driven menu and a masterful selection of well-priced French and Italian natural wines. Had I euros enough, and time, I’d dine there every night.”

Bruno Verjus (2011) “De cet élan vers le passé l’on recueille l’inventaire : huile d’olive, riz risotto, Frizzy Pazzy, Pecorino, miroirs 19ème siècle, vins Nature ou pas…On y grignote et on y boit au verre, au culot, à toutes heures, dedans, dehors.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2011) “…généreux à dispenser sérieux classiques et habiles traverses de flacons, charcuteries, fromages et autres joyeusetés solaires. Un bel appétit de bordel ambiant!”

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Caffé dei Cioppi

Almost universally adored, this tiny spot, hidden from the street, is the Italian restaurant everyone wishes were in their neighborhood. Booking imperative.

Practical information

Address: 159 rue du Faubourg St. Antoine, 75011
Nearest transport: Ledru Rollin or Faidherbe Chaligny (8)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Friday; available for private parties on Saturdays and Mondays
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 46 10 14
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Italian
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Reviews of interest

Aaron Ayscough (2014) “Chef-owner Fabrizio Ferrara has for the past four years been garnering great reviews merely for offering actual serious Italian food to Parisians at fair prices, accompanied by well-chosen honest wines. The menu changes at the pace of a glacier; nothing is controversial; everything runs like a dream.”

Caroline Mignot (2011) “Derrière le comptoir, la petite équipe s’affaire, pas plus souriante que ça, mais efficace et aimable. Carte courte et fraîche, quelques entrées, végétales, charcutières, un risotto aux artichauts, deux pasta et les desserts à 5,50 € toujours aussi tentants.”

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “ette mini-trattoria fait vite le coup du charme…On se délecte de soupe de lentilles de Castellucio relevée d’une huile d’olive divine, burrata et caponata sicilienne, salade de fenouil avec crevettes à l’orange sanguine. C’est frais, vif, léger, sans esbroufe..”

Phyllis Flick (2010) “…with the atmosphere you get the perfect neighborhood restaurant with simple, yet good, food…”

Alexander Lobrano (2009) “My only regret as we went off into the night after a truly fine feed was that this place isn’t in my neighborhood.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2009) “un binôme masculin-féminin prodigue à faire mozzareller, risotter, vongoler, parmigianiser le plus simple (et donc le meilleur) de l’Italie…”

Caroline Mignot (2009) “La carte ? C’est un problème, on a envie de tout commander, en fait, on ne sait pas ce qu’on ne veut pas prendre.”

François Simon (2009) “Si j’habitais dans le coin, j’y aurais mon rond de serviette. Délicieux, chaleureux, voila l’adresse qui réconcilie avec les restaurants.”

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Come A Casa

A tiny gem of a restaurant with an even tinier menu that changes each day. The warm welcome and trilingual service is Italian hospitality at its finest. The wine list is short, affordable, and Italian.

 An absolute favorite

Practical Information

Address: 7 rue Pache, 75011
Nearest transport: Voltaire (9)
Hours: Closed Sunday, Open Monday from 7pm-10pm and Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-2:30pm and 7pm-10pm
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 77 15 08 19
E-mail: comeacasa7@gmail.com
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Italian & pizza
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Reviews of interest

Emmanuel Rubin (2014) “La plus fringante des trattorias que l’on ait eu à fréquenter cette saison, bien dans son décor «au petit bonheur la broc’» et surtout relevée par la belle touche familiale d’une jeune et jolie mamma Roma.”

David Lebovitz (2013) “This Italian restaurant is really home-style cooking…Out came the pasta…mine was stuffed with plenty of aromatic fresh sage and topped with olive oil and shavings of ricotta salata. It was wildly herbaceous and although the French make generous use of herbs in home cooking, you rarely find things with lots of fresh herbs served in restaurants.”

Lindsey Tramuta-Morel (2013) “Come A Casa is warm, welcoming and guaranteed to delight. Just don’t forget to order the stracciatella.”

Patricia Wells (2013) “My favorite here is the ethereally light lasagne (photo) with fillings that change from day to day, with such variations as artichokes, spinach, or pesto, all topped with slivers of fragrant Parmesan and a touch of arugula.”

 

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Pizza dei Cioppi

The much adored and hard to book Caffé dei Cioppi has branched out into pizza with pleasing results. The long, rectangular pizza al taglio with a springy foccacia base is available by the slice for roughly 6.50€. Offerings include pizzas like the Calabrese (spicy N’duja sausage spread, dollops of sheep’s milk ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce), Focaccia farcie (cherry tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and an unruly mound of arugula) or the Vegetariana (sheep’s milk ricotta, eggplant, roasted red peppers and mozzarella), alongside some salads and a handful of desserts. There’s Birra del Borgo to wash it all down. You can eat onsite at one of the few Formica tables, but you can also get your giant slice to go, too.

Practical information

Address: 44 rue Trousseau, 75011
Nearest transport: Ledru-Rollin (8),
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Not accepted
Telephone: 09 84 48 14 58
Average price for lunch: under 10€
Average price for dinner: under 10€
Style of cuisine: Italian & pizza

Reviews of Interest

Emmanuel Rubin (2014) “Une classique, la Calabrese (ricotta, saucisse pimentée, fromage de brebis): fournie. En prime, quelques soupes, charcuteries et des cannellonis frais du jour.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Al Taglio by Meg Zimbeck

Al Taglio

It’s pizza by the kilo at this (vaguely) Roman-style spot. Bright lights, high stools and cheap wine by the carafe. Locations in Oberkampf and the upper Marais.

Practical information

Address: 2 bis rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 43 38 12 00
Average price for lunch: Less than 10€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Italian & pizza
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Additional locations

Address: 27 rue de Saintonge, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 09 50 48 84 06

Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2011) “I vote Al Taglio’s pizzas as some of the best in Paris. On a recent weekday we found mouth-watering Margherita; mozzarella and Parma ham; a version topped with truffle cream and thin discs of potato… The crust is thick and airy, the kind of chewy, long-rise dough my Italian mother used to make, and all ingredients are fresh.”

Gilles Pudlowski (2010) “La pâte d’apparence épaisse se révèle fine et croquante: la belle surprise du lieu! La garniture, elle, est plus inégale: tomate, poivrons piquants, fromage fumé ou nom, pomme de terre (pas assez cuite, donc peu digeste) et crème de truffe (pas très parfumée): c’est sympa, roboratif, généreux, plus sympathique, que savoureux…”

David Lebovitz (2010) “There are some really great pizza places now across Paris serving the real-deal, including Al Taglio…”

Barbra Austin (2010) “Roman style pizza, sold by the weight…wonderfully crisp on the bottom…it holds up to the generous toppings..”

Le Figaro (2009) “On aime beaucoup le concept futé de cette pizzeria pas comme les autres…”

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Cooperative Latte Cisternino

The source for some of the best burrata in town, and other products direct from Italy.

Practical information

Address: 46 rue du Faubourg Poissonière, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonière (7)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday
Telephone: 01 47 70 30 36

Additional Locations

Address: 108 rue Saint Maur, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday
Telephone: 01 43 38 54 54

Address: 17 rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, 75005
Nearest transport: Censier Daubenton (7)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday

Address: 37 rue Godot de Mauroy, 75009
Nearest transport: Havre-Caumartin (3, 9)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday
Telephone: 06 74 91 66 58

 

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L’Alimentari

A minuscule trattoria in the heart of the Marais.

Practical information

Address: 6 rue des Ecouffes, 75004
Nearest transport: Saint Paul (1)
Hours: Lunch & dinner Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday & Monday
Reservations: book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 77 24 59
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Italian
Special attributes: Vegetarian options, open Monday

Reviews of interest

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2012) “Très convaincant, cette fricassée calmars/arctichauts, arrosée d’un trait d’une belle huile d’olive ardante…Des linguine en plein batifolage avec une super sauce tomate fraîche. Un goût de soleil, une touche de basilic, l’Italie dans sa vérité.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “une micro-trattoria plus disposée à soigner son décor en veine vintage qu’à surveiller l’al dente de la pasta… ici, comme souvent, au prétexte de l’Italie, la nonchalance des assiettes finit par agacer.”

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Caffè

A see-and-be-seen Italian table from Thierry Costes and Thierry Burlot.

Practical information

Address: 9 rue du Colisée, 75008
Nearest transport: Saint Philip du Roule (9) or Franklin Roosevelt (1, 9)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, every day
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 53 75 42 00
Average price for lunch: 50-99€
Average price for dinner: 50-99€
Style of cuisine: Italian
Special attributes: Open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2012) “Un décor finement ciselé entre design italien, végétation luxuriante, années 50, chic parisien…Cèpes grillés sur la plancha, fine couche de craquant avec un goût et un gras de jus de cuisson de viande (terrible), ricotta de bufflonne, insert de noix dedans et salade fine et presque amère. Un enchantement de produits goûteux et de finesse à la fois !”

Chrisoscope (2011) “Accueil et service de bon niveau…Propositions de classiques italiens, de régions diverses, légèrement re-liftés – Demander du vin au verre – Produits de qualité – Bonne réalisation – Compter au moins 60€/personne…”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2011) “…Italie convoquée l’instant d’une carte, classique dans le propos, mais traitée avec une friande allégresse…Fritti de légumes : diaphane et croustillant. Spaghetti de langouste : cuit al dente, bien imbibé d’une sauce bisque, enrichi de jolis tronçons pour donner de la mâche et une demi-bestiole gratinée, bref, il y a de quoi faire!”

 

 

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Piccoli Cugini

This new pizzeria is the little cousin of I Cugini, also in the 10th.

Practical information

Address: 34 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-midnight; closed Sunday
Reservations: last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 09 50 57 79 25
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Italian – pizza
Special attributes: open Monday, vegetarian options

Reviews of interest

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “… facile comme un filet d’huile d’olive, complice et crissante comme ces pizzas gaies, colorées et, pour tout avouer, aussi joliment gaulées que les filles du canal Saint-Martin.”

 

 

 

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I Cugini

Pizza and pasta, in a cool corner space with sidewalk seating.

Practical information

Address: 33 rue du Paradis, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonnière (7)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 48 01 65 34
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Italian
Special attributes: open Monday, vegetarian options, outdoor seating

Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2010) “…has the sparkling but genuine feel of a neighborhood trattoria…penne with porcini that was also quite good but my linguine with vongole was about the best I’ve ever had…”

 

 

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Maria Luisa

A popular one for pizza near the canal, with outdoor seating.

Practical information

Address: 2 rue Marie et Louise, 75010
Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
Hours: Every day, noon-2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 44 84 04 01
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Italian – Pizza
Special attributes: vegetarian options, kid-friendly, outdoor dining, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest 

Aurélie Chaigneau (2013) “C’est plein de bonne humeur et à craquer. Et comme la maison n’accepte pas les réservations, l’attente sur le trottoir fait partie du charme du lieu. Assiette d’antipasti simple à grignoter à plusieurs jusqu’à l’arrivée tardive des pizzas: Margherita, Caprese, 4 fromages… Service adorable, détendu et gentiment tête en l’air.”

 

 

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Le Conservatoire de Cédric Casanova

Round up your friends and book weeks in advance for a Sicilian “picnic” in olive oil impresario Cédric Casanova’s new épicerie. Minimum five people, eight max, 30€ per tête.

Practical information

Address: 14 rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010
Nearest transport: Colonel Fabien (2)
Hours: Open every day, lunch and dinner (épicerie open Tuesday through Friday 2pm-7pm and Saturday 10am-7pm)
Reservations: By email only at picnic@latetedanslesolives.com
Telephone: No phone
Average price for lunch: 30€
Average price for dinner: 30€
Style of cuisine: Italian
Special attributes: small plates, good for groups

 

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Grazie

Piping hot pies with fresh toppings, industrial loft décor, and cold cocktails from the full bar draw the branché masses to this pizza place between République and Bastille.

Practical information

Address: 91 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
Nearest transport: Saint Sebastien Froissart or Chemin Vert (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 78 11 96
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Italian, pizza
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2013) “Certes les pizzas sont excellentes…les antipasti, très frais…Mais il y a un truc en plus: les cocktails: Il Vecchio e il Mare (gin, marasquin, Lillet rouge), Green Blazer (whisky Ardbeg Alligator, marmelade de citron vert, miel et bitter)… Mixés avec talent par Franck Conti et son équipe italienne, d’implacables chauffeurs de salle…”

World’s Best Bars (2012) “From the inventive cocktail list, the Vie en Rose is a gin and tonic with a Mediterranean twist and the sake and wasabi Bloody Mary is guaranteed to give you a kick, or try the super smooth basil and honey martini. They also do a mean Breakfast Martini as well as a range of well-executed classic drinks.”

Forest Collins (2011) “These pizzas are the perfect accompaniment to the cocktails. When a drinks menu is so tempting, upscale carby goodness is the ideal way to soak up any overindulgence. And these pizzas aren’t just belly-fillers, they’ll draw as much clientele on their own as the cocktails.”

François Simon for Le Figaro (2011) “Le Bellini avait des fourmis dans les jambes et ne décollait pas vraiment, il manquait de pulpe et de bulles. De fraîcheur quoi, alors que dans le verre voisin une délicieuse bombinette fit des ravages: basilic, miel et martini: boum. Parfait pour accélérer des soirées.”

Bruno Verjus (2011) “Brooklyn pour le décor et Naples pour la qualité des pâtes a pizza…Les Chefs…m’avaient impressionnés par le soin porté aux farines, eaux, levure, temps de repos et par la qualité de leurs pâtes à pizza.”

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Il Campionissimo

This popular, prize-winning pizzeria has moved to a larger, pop-art space, with room for the whole family.

Practical information

Address: 26 rue Léopold Bellan, 75002
Nearest transport: Sentier (3)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday; Saturday, dinner only; closed Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 42 36 40 28
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Pizza
Special attributes: open Monday, vegetarian options, kid-friendly

Reviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2012) “Un lieu vaste, une équipe alerte, un décor contemporain…une pâte parfaite pour moi, fraîche, tendre, fine, à l’élasticité idéale…très gourmande…”

 

 

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La Briciola

The pizzas are thin-crusted and fresh at this upper Marais spot.

Practical information

Address: 64 rue Charlot, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, noon-2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-11p.m.; closed Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 42 77 34 10
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Italian – pizza
Special attributes: Vegetarian options, open Monday, kid-friendly

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2008) “…des petits vins biens sentis et des pizzas en série, craquantes, habillées de frais, relevant le niveau du genre.”

David Lebovitz (2008) “The Napoletana was fine, although would’ve been better with top-quality olives; my pizza topped with sausage was the winner of the two. With a chilled carafe of rosato, we were happy…”

 

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Il Carpaccio

Cucina povera? Not at this high-end Italian in the Royal Monceau.

Practical information

Address: 37 avenue Hoche, 75008 (in the Royal Monceau)
Nearest transport: Étoile (1, 2, 6, RER A)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, every day
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 42 99 89 71
Website
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Average price for lunch: more than 100€
Average price for dinner: more than 100€
Style of cuisine: Italian
Special attributes: open Sunday, open Monday
Type of crowd: style hounds, suits
Interior: elegant & luxe
Atmosphere: formal

Reviews of interest

  • Thierry Richard (2011) “les assiettes qui s’ensuivent ne décoivent pas dans cette veine italo-sophistiquée qui passe les standards transalpins à la moulinette de la modernité….dans son genre haut du panier, l’une des meilleures tables italiennes de la capitale. Service de palace et prix à l’avenant.”
  • Alexander Lobrano (2011) “The remodeled Il Carpaccio is very pretty…Unfortunately, even though Rispoli’s debut dish–mackerel with Italian fatback, preserved lemon and a salad of  bitter greens–was very pretty, it was also monastic and very bland, odd for such a full-flavored fish. Next up, a fancy vegetable minestrone… again, very bland.”
  • Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2010) “une Italie comme on en croise rarement…Tête de cèpe farcie : si l’automne avait un goût, ce plat lui ressemblerait ! Tortellini de pintade, châtaigne et son bouillon : on en boufferait jusqu’à la porcelaine de l’assiette.”

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PIzza Chic by Meg Zimbeck

Pizza Chic

Devotées love the artichoke pizza at this (very) sixth arrondissment address, which features a wood-burning oven, and contentious pricing.

Practical information

Address: 13 rue Mézières, 75006
Nearest transport: Saint Sulpice (4)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, every day
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 45 48 30 38
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Italian – Pizza
Special attributes: vegetarian options, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

François Simon (2014) “Ce qui me plaît chez Pizza chic, c’est cette envie de ne pas transformer la pizza en bric à vrac, trop chargée, trop fourre-tout, trop vide-tupperware. La carte aide à cibler son goût et  l’entraine plus loin. Cela doit être ça le nec de Pizza chic: choisir son goût et ne point trop mélanger, ni le sacrifier.”

Thierry Richard (2012) “Imaginez vous ça : de la pizza posée sur nappe blanche, découpée aux couverts en argent, servis avec l’accent de la botte par de très jolis yeux verts, le pantalon de toile posé sur des sièges design et le regard perdu sur les élégances détendues de l’arrondissement. Une atmosphère finalement très milano bianco. Décontractée, baroque et chic.”

Ann Mah (2012) “This caprese pizza piled tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella on a warm, chewy-crisp crust, a marvel of simple, perfect ingredients…”

Patricia Wells (2010) “I vote their Pizza Aurora the best in town. Simple is best: thick, fresh tomato sauce, soft pillows of rich mozzarella, a touch of basil set on a full-flavored crust and baked to perfection in a wood oven…”

Figaroscope (2010) “La pizzeria de Julien Cohen porte bien son nom : nappes blanches, argenterie et carte affectée s’épanouissent dans un décor industriel chic, très new-yorkais…Les produits frais d’Italie si inattendus sur les pizzas (stracchino, lardo di Colonnata), les bons vins régionaux, les succulents antipasti, la bande-son de là-bas.”


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Olio Pane Vino Paris restaurant by Meg Zimbeck

Olio Pane Vino

Round up a group and head to Olio Pane Vino for handmade pasta dishes and Francesco’s unmistakably Italian hospitality.

Practical information

Address: 44 rue Coquillière, 75001
Nearest transport: Les Halles (4) or Louvre-Rivoli (1)
Hours: Lunch, Monday-Saturday; Dinner, Thursday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 33 21 15
Average price for lunch: 11-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Italian
Special attributes: vegetarian friendly, market-based cooking, good for groups, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “We drank Prosecco and then tucked into a wonderful antipasto buffet that included excellent vitello tonnato, fresh mozarella, braesola, and grilled eggplant and zucchini, and then sat to consider a choice of two pastas as a main course…For visitors to Paris in search of a night-off from French food, this is a very good address.”

Caroline Mignot (2010) “Une bonne pasta vaut bien d’abord une bonne mozza de buffala… Légumes crus, cuits, filet d’huile d’olive, en terrasse, qu’on est bien…Linguine alle vongole, pas besoin de vous faire un dessin.”

Barbra Austin via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2010) “Everyone likes pasta, including the French, and Olio Pane Vino delivers, in a cool room filled with happy people.”

Caroline Mignot (2010) “Pasta du jour…longues, fermes à souhait et vraiment savoureuses…”

 

 

 

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