We chose to dine at Il Vino primarily because it was recommended by the luxe guide for Paris. I cannot fathom why this is the case. The luxe recommendations are usually on the money, but not this time. It has nothing to do with the concept, which is fresh and original: choose your wine and leave it to the chef to provide the (complementary) dish. It has little to do with the staff: our hotel had made a mistake with our reservation and despite being fully booked, the staff were very accommodating and arranged a table for us. It also has little to do with the wine: we tried a number of different options and all were excellent. The problem lay with the food. It was just so forgettable and poorly executed. Thick, undercooked (beyond al dente) ravioli to start, an unexceptional (and meagre) veal main course and a dessert which I can no longer remember. Their link to the wine was tenuous at best and we felt let down, which is a pity given the originality of the idea. A complete lack of atmosphere also did little to improve our impression of the restaurant.
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