The Island of Beauty makes you dream but vacations are far? No problem, we found a top-notch traditional Corsican restaurant in the heart of Paris, not far from the small corner of haven like a wild beach in Corsica.
And all this in the middle of the very busy Le Marais neighborhood.
For 23 years now, L’Alivi makes Corsican gastronomy shine in the French capital. A true terroir restaurant.
As soon as you came in, you feel like in Corsica, starting with the raw décor made of beams and exposed stones and wood making this restaurant look like a guest house in high mountains.
Feel like enjoying the outdoor? Head to the terrace hidden behind olive trees. We could almost feel we hare in Corsica. This terrace is very pleasant in this sweet autumn since it’s bathed in sun and especially at the corner of the rue du Roi de Sicile where there are not too many cars and the very narrow street rue Cloche-Perce. No one can disturb us.
The menu gives pride of place to all Corsican specialties: cold cuts, wild boar and myrtle terrine, Corsiacan pesto, beef tagliata, brocciu, fiadone, chestnuts… All these ingredients are gathered and it’s hard to make a choice.
We end up choosing a plate of traditional cold cuts (lonzu, dry sausage, coppa and prisuttu) for €18 and from Monsieur Ceccaldi, a farmer set in Pietralba. What a good choice! The charcuterie is very tasty, perfectly seasoned and the dry sausage is excellent. Probably one of the best we’ve ever eaten.
A starter we enjoy with a sweet and organic muscat wine produced by Dominique Gentile. It’s very sweet and flavorful.
Then, here we are with main courses and extremely hearty portions. We feel invited to take a nap after to digest. We go for a lamb shoulder with casanis (meat is marinated in a Corsican aniseed-flavored aperitif), pan-fried potatoes with rosemary for €19 and a pork rib roasted with herbs and homemade mashed potatoes for €21.
Meats are very tender and thick. As for sides, they are very sophisticated with herbs we could almost feel in scrubland.
Somehow, we ultimately find some room left in our bellies for a dessert. A Corsican classic: the chef’s fiadone for €9. This cake based on farm brocciu is served with lemon zests and slightly moistened with dulce de leche. A very beautiful sweet note to wrap up the meal.
A dessert that goes with a very fresh citron liquor. A dish/alcohol pairing that works well.
We advise you to book prior to your visit, especially in the weekend because this very tasty address is very coveted. And if you like music, a Thursday per month, the (very nice and welcoming) staff takes turns to sing and play the guitar to make you discover the Corsican music repertoire.
So, don’t wait any longer and come treat yourself at L’Alivi.
27, rue du Roi-de-Sicille
75004 Paris 4