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Contemporary Fine Italian Dining in Paris at Hotel de Vigny
An Introduction to Authentic Italian Cuisine with a Contemporary Twist in Paris
Predictable pizzerias and plentiful pasta dishes aren't too hard to stumble upon, but fine Italian dining in Paris is rarer than one might think. With only a single Italian restaurant with one Michelin star in the whole of our cosmopolitan city, we have been finding out where to go for culinary combinations that feature more Burschetta with lobster in lemon sauce than a Hawaiian with ham with pineapple.
Il Carpaccio is the only Michelin-star Italian restaurant in Paris, priding itself in taking traditional family recipes from Italy's many regions and reinterpreting them over the past 30 years. Surrounded by Sicilian baroque interior featuring contemporary artworks, Chef Roberto Rispoli's signature menu at €145 (without wine) features delectable delights including grilled octopus salad with potatoes, olives and wild fennel, followed by sautéed fillet of John Dory with saffron, Sicilian oranges, fennel and dried capers, all in a citrus sauce and finished with a panna cotta served with crushed red berries and white chocolate granite with a thin layer of lemon sugar. The must-have mains start from €29 for those who prefer to make their own selection and can be found within Le Royal Monceau at 37 Avenue Hoche.
MotorVillage is a unique venue designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte to allow visitors to live the 'New Italy Experience'. Featuring a variety of attractions including the Fiat Groups' latest models and contemporary video art, fine Italian dining in Paris can be found within its second floor restaurant, Nolita. Managed by Sebastien Mancuso, it offers a menu of traditional and true Italian cuisine, which focuses on the wide variety of imported ingredients and the regional diversity of its dishes. Serving courses that offer to take you on a journey across the Alps, alongside a choice of over 100 wines, every detail is given a sophisticated styling, including the reception staff dressed by designer Andrew Gn. Overlooking one of the most stylish streets in the city, MotorVillage can be found at 2 Rond-point des Champs Elysées-Marcel and offer main course's starting from €18.
Parting from the traditional, contemporary Italian cuisine is a little harder to find. A smaller, less grand bistronomie is making waves with foodies with a fondness for 'la dolce vita'. Viola is named after the mother of Chef Vincenzo Patruno, who creatively deconstructs classic Italian dishes in order to recreate new cuisine, stating that 'there is no modernity without history'. The risottos are rumoured to be the speciality however the fillet of lamb cooked two ways, served with trendy Treviso, an Italian vegetable otherwise called the 'the winter flower', and Emilia-Romagna pumpkin sounds very tempting. Follow by the grand finale of the Panettone House, served warm with Panettone ice cream. Found at 80 Rue Lemercier, prices start from two courses for €18 at lunch or €29 for dinner and be sure to check out the wine list sourced from organic farmers.
For those who prefer Italian innovation with a more luxurious leaning, Penati Al Baretto is the restaurant and bar set up by world renowned Chef, Alberico Penati. Adjoining Hotel de Vigny, the five-star surroundings continue, offering the finest of contemporary Italian cuisine, which, in the Chef's own words uses "...the produce of today to recreate the exciting flavours of the past". The signature dish is his delicious reinterpretation of the rich warm Genoese salad, a cappon magro, which combines shellfish, fish and crispy vegetables, seasoned with fresh herbs. However the courses themselves are not the only attraction, as it's the finishing touches and attention to detail that ensure a unique authenticity in every bite, with olive oil from Lake Garda, 35 month Parmesan, homemade tagliolini and tomatoes that have travelled from Gerardo di Nola. Having learnt his trade across Italy from renowned Chefs, Penati's work has led to cooking up a treat for celebrities and royalty alike within an impressive array of elite hotels, restaurants and clubs. Why not welcome a glass of well-chosen wine and sample the exquisite Italian food Paris has been waiting for. Lunch is available from €39 to €45, with the average price of à la carte at €90, served with first class service.
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