The best Italian restaurants in Paris
Fresh pasta galore, puffy pizzas like in Naples, antipasti erected into art… Overview of our favorite Parisian tables turned towards the boot. / The best Italian restaurants in Paris
Neighborhood institutions or newcomers, here are the best Italian restaurants to know in Paris.
The best Italian restaurants in Paris / Passerini
Decorated in the Italian style by the Asma Architects studio, the stronghold of Giovanni Passerini never ceases to attract lovers of transapline cuisine. Its highly elaborate menu gastronomizes the great classics of the genre, each more enticing than the other: Linguine with black mullet and bottarga, bigoli and nduja with garlic peppers, casarecce with lamb stew, zucchini, pecorino… fresh dough reaches new heights.
Nestled in the Passage des Panoramas, oscillating between a Parisian bistro and an Italian trattoria, Racines relies on tasty transalpine cuisine and a fine wine list. At the top of the menu, the pasta, prepared by chef Simone Tondo, revisits the classics of the genre. Among our favourites? Melting gnocchi alla genovese, garganelli with pesto, hazelnut and potato or tortellini, pigeon jus and Sardinian sheep tomme cheese.
Localino / The best Italian restaurants in Paris
Rue de l’Odéon, Localino has just opened its doors in Paris. At the same time, a café, a wine bar and an Italian bistro, visitors meet there, from evening to morning, to sip cappuccinos, taste toasted sandwiches, clink glasses of good transalpine wines and share good dishes made with the cream of the boot products. Fine charcuterie and matured cheeses top the menu, the place also offers pasta recipes.
Frequented assiduously by (real) Italians (irrefutable proof that the restaurant is worth the detour), Amici Miei relies on family recipes and a warm atmosphere. Without reservation, visitors share (or not) fish crudos, eggplant rigatoni and smoked scamorza, pizzas or even milanese.
Led by the same team from the former Carbón restaurant, Carboni’s has slowly opened its doors in Paris. Installed in the marsh, the place gives pride of place to Italian cuisine and fine produce from the boot. On the menu? Arancini cime di rapa (with broccoli), a vitello tonnato, gourmet lasagna for two and a hazelnut tart.
Il Ristorante – Niko Romito
It is none other than the three-starred Italian chef Niko Romito who takes charge of the Bulgari hotel’s Italian restaurant: Il Ristorante. Made from good products from the boot, the menu offers fine transalpine recipes: vegetable broth, vitello tonnato revisited, spaghetti al pomodoro made according to the rules of the art, but also a creamy tiramisu.
Behind a handful of fine restaurants (Aux Prés, Le Chardenoux, etc.), pastries and a cozy bar (Dragon), Cyril Lignac has inaugurated two new restaurants this year 2021. A first installed in Mayfair in London, which proves once again his love of Japanese cuisine, then a second in Paris which celebrates Italian cuisine. An ode to its beautiful, sun-drenched products, you can taste Roman-style pizzettes, vitello tonnato, langoustine ravioli, but also and above all a hazelnut ice cream from Piedmont served with caramelized hazelnuts.
Il Camino / The best Italian restaurants in Paris
New restaurant under the Savoir Vivre flag (the group that already runs Le Collier de La Reine, Deviant and the Hotel Bourbon club) Il Camino has just replaced the old pizzeria Da Graziella. An ode to good Italian recipes, the place offers fish crudos, pizzettas, an anthology of fresh pasta (asparagus tortelli, tagliatelle al ragu, etc.) as well as meats cooked over a wood fire.
Delicatessen and wine cellar, Faggio Salumeria celebrates the best culinary specialties of the boot. Verdelli lemons straight from Sicily, Abruzzo tomato sauce from Pezzettoni or even Setaro pasta are to be found in the displays. Not forgetting a selection of tasteful natural transalpine wines. Cherry on the cake ? The sandwiches prepared on the spot, with the products of the day, to bite into every lunchtime of the week and the tempting plates to peck at in the evening at aperitivo time.
We no longer need to introduce this Italian restaurant with character which has gone to hide in rue Molière in Paris. With only 14 seats, each dish is simmered with the best Italian products. The tomatoes, olive oil and pasta come from Naples and the wine from Sicily. For the rest, the menu varies according to the seasonal organic market and the notable mood of the owner. It is therefore not surprising that purists have made it their favorite table in Paris.
Led by chef Michele Farnesi, Dilia offers a slew of mouth-watering and generous pastas every day. Evolving according to the chef’s mood, the menu includes spaghetti with sea urchins, bone marrow and citrus kaffir lime; leek ravioli, prawns from Sicily, passion fruit; linguine with anchovies, parsley and almonds, spaghetti with bottarga or cacio e pepe… What more could you ask for?
Located in the middle of rue des Ecouffes in Paris, L’Alimentari immerses its visitors in a typical Italian trattoria atmosphere. Leaning around long tables, this small pocket restaurant offers a menu on the slate, constantly renewed (arugula and parmesan, fried lemon, bruschetta with scamorza…) You can also taste spaghetti alle vongole or with cacio & pepe, fish, a stracotto di manzo or a tiramisu.
Dalmata / The best Italian restaurants in Paris
If its decor populated by candy pink stools and pulsed with tone-on-tone neon lights may surprise, Dalmata is nonetheless one of the best pizzerias in Paris. In the Neapolitan style, the pizzas are made there with a long matured dough, well puffed on the edges. Among our favourites? The essential margarita with San Marzano tomatoes and fior di latte mozzarella, the Greenland with pesto cream and grilled pine nuts or the Black Delirium with mushrooms and fresh truffles.
Address of chef Fabrizio Ferrara, the creator of Caffè dei Cioppi, the Osteria Ferrara is one of the essential Italian restaurants in Paris. Revisiting the best recipes from the boot, you can taste linguine with clams and cime di rapa, paccheri with artichokes, peas, fava beans from Provence and sheep’s milk ricotta, spaghetti with sea bream and lemon… A must.
Le Cherche Midi
On the left bank, this Italian bistro has been loving, for years, a fauna made up of regulars, travelers and creative people. Installed on duck green leather benches, they taste milanese, linguine with pesto, Italian charcuterie, lasagna or even seasonal antipasti. All accompanied by local wines.
Led by expert restaurateur David Lahner, to whom we owe the Bon Saint Pourçain and even Racine des Prés, Anima is one of the safe bets in Saint-Germain-Des-Prés. Behind the stoves, we find the Piedmontese chef Mattéo Testo, trained by Simone Tondo, armed with a fabulous wood-fired oven. The card is simple and effective. The well-crafted decoration with its wallpaper signed Pierre Frey, its tablecloths and its marble bar. A good address in short.
Since its opening in 2013, Il Brigante has earned a solid reputation in Montmartre. With Calabrian chef Salvatore Rotiroti in the kitchen, the restaurant offers an anthology of pizzas, each more delicious than the next. Made using 100% Italian products and flour from Puglia, from the simplest (La Margarita: tomato, fiore di latte, basil) to the most elaborate (18th: tomato, fiore di latte, mozzarella di bufala, peppers, shiitake, ‘nduja, arugula, bresaola, lemon marinata).
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