Because of the hundreds of restaurants which have been settled in Paris for decades, finding a tasty Italian restaurant should be a piece of cake. If most of the capital's Italian restaurants offer typical dishes, the place morose atmosphere often fails us and we get that déjà vu feeling from the first bite.
So we wanted to present you the new trattorias and the Italian restaurants "new generation", those taking us on a journey from Paris to Italy in just a few minutes. Sunny atmosphere, 100% Italian chefs (they do not speak a word of French) and local products served on boards and highlighted in the dishes, discover the new Italian restaurants and trattorias in Paris.
In these restaurants the stars are the chefs (who make delicious homemade pasta, a must), but first and foremost the producers of cheese - parmesan, ricotta - of hams - 24-month old San Daniele Ham, bresaola and mortadella - of olive oils and wines used to cook your dishes. To do so chefs and restaurateurs travel around Italy and spotlight the producers they selected (we are far from the pieces of mozzarella we can purchase from Parisian wholesalers and you can feel it!).
Our selection of Italian restaurants to try out in Paris:
East Mamma, authentic Italian cuisine in Faubourg Saint-Antoine. We discovered a small piece of Italy in Paris, well hidden in rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, here is the most famous trattoria in Paris. At East Mamma, we do not eat only pizzas or pastas, we immerse ourselves in Italian culture and we enjoy this moment spent in Italy around cocktails and mozzarella boards. The restaurant achieves such a success that you want to arrive at 6 p.m. and book your table for the evening!
Margherita, the new and pleasant trattoria in Saint-Germain. At Margherita conviviality is a requirement. This three-storey restaurant reveals receptive cooks, close to their guests unveiling the secret of their pizzas in their open kitchen. We can even eat in front of the stock room of meat and cheese directly coming from Italy that you can find on boards, in the pasta or pizza dishes.
Cicciolina, the Sicilian restaurant in Ménilmontant. The Cicciolina is a trattoria just how you like them in the French capital. Italian chefs who do not speak French, Mediterranean products, friendly atmosphere, delicious and original dishes, affordable prices and an olive tree right in the middle of the restaurant. You do not need more to feel like in the sun.
L'inconnu, the Italian gourmet restaurant held by a Japanese chef. L'inconnu is the new Italian gourmet restaurant of the Japanese chef, Hoji Higaki, located in the 7th arrondissement. According to the Japanese chef, Italian cuisine means liberty and pleasure and is both elegant and gourmet!
Il Caffe Da rosa, the southern delicatessen-canteen. José Da Rosa travelled the World for many years looking for unexpected flavors and is now presenting us the best of the south: Iberian hams, Italian cheeses and Greek olive oils in his delicatessen-canteen full of sun and flavors.
Oliva, the Italian trattoria within walking distance from the Elysée palace. Oliva is a small neighborhood trattoria run by a genuine Italian! You can find many dishes based on seasonal products on a daily basis. For five years, the Italian chef has been enjoying a great success every day at lunchtime and she now opens at dinner time for the greatest pleasure of Italian gastronomy lovers.
Di como, the undisclosed Italian within walking distance from the Musée d'Orsay. At Di Como, the capital's best pizza maker makes you try out a simple but sophisticated cuisine, a generous cuisine inspired by his grand-mother's dishes. To do so, he chooses his products carefully and makes sure they are 100% Italian.
L'Enoteca, the wine inn and chic trattoria. At the crossing of rue Charles V and rue Saint Paul, this historic cellar from the 17th century has been turned into a trattoria. At the kitchen helm, the Italian chef, Lucas Minetti, takes you on a journey to the country of the Dolce Vita with a homemade cuisine based on Italian products, and pairs them flawlessly with Italian wines.
Mazzucco, Mozza & Pizza, the small Italian shop. Mazzucco is a small 28-cover restaurant imagined for gourmet people who love a genuine Italian cooking. Mozzarella and pizzas take pride place in this restaurant offering 100% Italian products unearthed from small Italian artisans.
Ida by Denny Imbroisi: "pasta only" for the former Top Chef contestant. The eccentric Italian and Top Chef contestant, Denny Imbroisi, returns to his roots and opens his very first restaurant, Ida, near Montparnasse. We have been told that "pasta" is included everywhere even in the dessert. Auguro buon appetito.
Try them out and adopt them!