Paris offers a handful of superlative choices when it comes to Italian restaurants. There’s not an overwhelmingly large choice here, which can work in your favor when trying to narrow down your lunch or dinner reservations. What you’ll find are quality Italian restaurants with talented Italian, and even Spanish and Japanese, chefs in their kitchens offering authentic Italian cuisine. One of my favorites, for its tasting menu is the one-Michelin starred Goust. While this is not strictly an Italian restaurant, the owner, Enrico Bernardo, the youngest person to ever be anointed the World's Best Sommelier, has crafted here a dining experience. His Spanish-born chef whips up a dinner time tasting menu that will take your tastebuds on a whirlwind gastronomic experience. The wines that are paired with this meal are handpicked by the well-trained, affable, knowledgeable staff. The location, just off Place Vendome, couldn't be more elegant, either.
For the shoppers and St. Germain-des-Pres thrill seekers, La Bocca Della Verita offers a fresh and healthy take on Italian cuisine. Perhaps that's why the French president recently dined here, for the fish and quinoa and perhaps even for the lightest, cloud like tiramisu you'll ever taste. In this neighborhood you'll also find Margherita, a great place to gather with friends for pizza and cocktails. For the trendy crowd, Il Vino, a one Michelin-starred restaurant, offers an excellent gastronomic dining option near the Eiffel Tower. Here the concept of dining leads with the wines. Hence, you are offered a menu of wines that are organized by varietals. Once you make your wine selection, the chef prepares the dish that pairs the best with it.
Mori Venice Bar is a Parisian staple. Its proximity to the Bourse and the nearby theatres, such as L’Opéra, makes it easily accessible, too. La Romantica is another go-to when you’ve got a taste for Italian but its location means a bit of a taxi ride. I Golosi is an Italian lunch time favorite and Il Settimo is one of the prettiest dining rooms for going Italian in Paris.
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