Tucked away on a side street close to the Arc de Triumph, this small (25 close seats), Italian restaurant is one of the better restaurants in Paris (in the $$/$$$ range) and the best Italian in this price range that I have dined at. It is cozy, yummy Italian. If you require formal service--walk a couple blocks over to Hoche and try Il Carpaccio (Royal Monceau)--food of equal billing with amazing service and wine, but at $$$$+ pricing. Two great appetizers, one amazing entree (more than enough for two) and a nice bottle of wine at Cantina will set you back about E50--ridiculously cheap by Paris standards give the quality of the food.
Food: Exceptional, authentic and prepared with passion. Menu offered four appetizers and four entrees that likely change based on availability. The beef carpaccio was over the top. The burrata and tomato salad was perfectly seasoned. The tagliatelle with mushroom and truffle was excellent and unlike anything I have had in Paris (and better than 90+% of anything I have had in Italy). One warning: al dente means al dente -- the husband asks you to confirm this is OK and will accommodate if you prefer your pasta softer on the tooth.
Ambience: If you like small places that you feel fortunate to have found, this is your kind of place. Mostly French crowd (but this will change as this place becomes better known). No pretense and a very friendly, comfortable environment. English allowed.
Wine: Limited choices, but excellent prices.
Service: The French husband runs the front of the house by himself, the Italian wife is the chef and there is one other person in the kitchen. The execution is surprisingly good given a three person staff. Friendly does not begin to capture it. This couple is obviously passionate about their business.
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