Paris offers a handful of superlative choices for Italian restaurants. Many of the best are owned by an Italian or have an Italian chef such as, IDA by Denny Imbroisi, Il Vino by Enrico Bernardo, Il Gelato del Marchese and L'Assaggio. Others, like L'Enoteca, Pizzeria Popolare and Pink Mamma have Italians running the day-to-day operations so are every bit as authentic, too. For wine lovers, the two top picks on this list are Il Vino whose mission it is to pair your dining selection with the wine you choose, and also L'Enoteca which boasts one of the cities' most resplendent Italian wine cellars. Their caramelized eggplant served with mascarpone ice cream dessert is worthy of a James Beard award.
There’s not an overwhelmingly large choice of Italian restaurants in Paris, 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. Enrico Bernardo, the youngest person to ever be anointed the World's Best Sommelier, has crafted an altogether different dining experience at his restaurant, Il Vino. This 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. The wines that are paired with this meal are handpicked by the well-trained, affable, knowledgeable staff.
For the shoppers and St. Germain-des-Pres thrill seekers, La Bocca Della Verita offers a fresh and healthy take on Italian cuisine such as fish and quinoa and perhaps the lightest, cloud-like tiramisu you'll ever taste. Similarly, Gemini Halles offers gluten-free pasta and pizzas, strategically located close to Les Halles and Chatelet.