Paris Italian Restaurants Offer a Lighter, Refined Take on Classic Cuisine

Paris offers a handful of superlative choices, like the Pizzeria Popolare, 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.

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower
Il Vino
Photo courtesy of Il Vino d'Enrico Bernardo copyright

This is a wine lover's Italian restaurant. Enrico Bernardo, named the World's Best Sommelier in 2004, opened Il Vino on the Left Bank in September 2007 following his stint at the George V as their Head Sommelier where he built up a cellar of...  Read More

1er Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Le Fellini copyright 2014

In a cinematic atmosphere with film posters bedecking the walls, Fellini delivers consistently good Italian fare and courteous service. Popular dishes include risotto with lobster and pasta with scallops. The restaurant is known for its...  Read More

Everyone knows and loves this restaurant. Elegant and formal, this Italian restaurant transports you to the Venice of masked balls and all-night dinners. One of their specialties here is the caviar de Venise, also served as their signature...  Read More

La Romantica

This charming Italian restaurant is the domain of amiable chef Claudio Puglia, who will not only prepare incredible food but tell you a good story to boot. The romantic setting boasts a warm fireplace for cool evenings, and an outside terrace is...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement
Il Settimo
Photo courtesy of Il Settimo copyright

If you feel like taking a trip to Italy when you're in paris, come to this Italian restaurant that is located just around the corner from the Italian Cultural Center. Dishes are authentic and, if not cooked by the Italian Mama who runs this...  Read More

9ème Arrondissement
I Golosi
Photo courtesy of I Golosi

No pizzas here...this Italian restaurant boasts a delicious menu, which changes every week to offer a wide variety of exquisite Italian dishes. Diners are also greeted by friendly servers when they dine at I Golosi, a feature which goes a long...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche

The decor here is by the celebrated Laura Gonzales and it makes you feel at one and the same time comfortable, welcomed and ready for fun. This is an upbeat dining choice and is perfect as a gathering spot over bowls of pasta or a hot pizza with...  Read More

4ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Enoteca

An Italian restauran in the Marais neighborhood of Paris, and that's not all. The menu here features lovelies such as wild boar in red wine sauce served with creamy polenta, or perhaps the lamb lacquered in honey and roasted in rosemary is more...  Read More

1er Arrondissement

Blessed by a pleasant Florentine courtyard, white linens and sophisticated charm, this restaurant delivers a little slice of Italy in the midst of Paris's busy shopping district. Indeed, the restaurant is just next door to Chanel's iconic rue...  Read More

2ème Arrondissement

The biggest and shiniest so far from the Big Mamma Group, this location has an altogether different feel from the others. Though there are still some touches that stay consistent: the all Italian staff (parlez vous Italian?) and the awesome...  Read More


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