We go to Borgo Delle Tovaglie to buy lovely bed linens, a nice lampshade or to… taste the pleasures of Italian gastronomy.
This huge former rubber factory that has been turned into a concept-store offers indeed everything your dreams are made of to spend a great shopping afternoon filled with treats: a home décor corner and objects of all kinds; and a restaurant area that unravels a secret very-well kept by regulars: a beautiful patio.
On the menu of this Italian bistro, we enjoy quality produces that are made in Italy. As a starter, we choose between 8 offers among which the pane carasau mille-feuilles with Parma ham and Mozzarella di Buffala (€15), the assortment of plain and smoked Burratine (€18), the Culatello Stracciatella and Tigelle from Bologna (€16); the Salami Strolghino with artisanal taralli (€16) and the beautiful Borgo board with its cold cuts and Italian cheeses mix with pan tigella (€14/€25).
We go for the beautiful 250-g (!) Mozzarella di Buffala Campana as creamy as it should be (€17) and the Friselle Pugliesi (€12), which are surprising crispy breads that look like twice-baked breads and covered in cherry tomatoes, black olives and Parmigiano Reggiano.
We continue our gustative stay in Italy with a tasty eggplant gratin “Parmigiana di Melanzane” topped with fresh stracciatella (€20) and a black-truffled risotto (€30), super flavored.
And yet we hesitated a long time with the ricotta and burrata tortellini served with tomato sauce and savory ricotta (€20); the Mezze Maniche with basil, Pecorino cheese and garlic-flavored bread crumb pesto (€16) or the Spaghetti Carbonara with Pecorino Romano and smoked pork belly (€16). But we’ve haven’t been disappointed by our orders!
We wrap up this meal filled with flavors at the same time as the patio closes (9:30 p.m.!) with a slice of strawberry tart and a homemade tiramisu!
From 16 July 2018 to 31 December 2018
Borgo Delle Tovaglie
4 Rue du Grand Prieuré
75011 Paris 11
Entrées: 10-18 €
Plats: 16-30 €
A noter que Borgo Delle Tovaglie et ses 700 mètres carrés de surface sont entièrement privatisables pour toutes occasions.