Italian Restaurants That Offer Authentic Cuisine With A Parisian Flair

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. 

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche


People are attracted by the Disney Princess facade of this jewel-like gelateria in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres. But those who have tried the gelato here know that it's the flavorful, all-natural icecream that really keeps the clients...  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

9ème Arrondissement
Pink Mamma
Photo courtesy of Big Mamma Group


This is even bigger than the rest of 'em. Four floors of pizza and pasta. Wood-fired hot ovens throw seared steak smoky aromas at you the nearer to the atrium-like top floor that you ascend. This is the latest in the string of Big Mamma Group...  Read More

Gemini Halles
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2016


An Italian family restaurant and what could be more romantic than that in Paris? It's a simple concept: serve excellent products, fresh, that are cooked with the old family recipes from Mama's kitchen. And everyone knows that an Italian mama's...  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

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

15th Arrondissement - Vaugirard


This restaurant is by rising star Chef Denny Imbroisi, a true Italian from Calabre who makes his home in Paris. The restaurant is named after his sister, Ida, who, according to the Chef, more or less raised him while he worked alongside his...  Read More

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


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

4ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Enoteca


An Italian restaurant 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


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