French people love good Italian food, and when visiting the upscale Neuilly area, it doesn't get much better than Livio. Besides, it has that distinctly un-French feeling of being in a classic New York Italian eatery, with above average "buzz" of a big place and multiple semi-loud conversations. There's even signed pictures of local celebrities on the walls, just like in New York.
My group of 3 persons were seated at, perhaps, the quietest table in the place, and we enjoyed thorough service and good food. Mind you, it isn't the best Italian I've ever had, but, after all, this is Paris, not Alba. Although there's a nice selection of Italian wines, we stuck with a French bordeaux, moderately priced at 38 Euros, and enjoyed it with both the starters and main course.
For a first course, we ordered and shared a tasty bruschetta topped with very thinly shaved parma ham, and some mild soft French chevre. It was substantial enough for 3 persons. For main course, one person ordered a steak which was juicy and properly prepared. My spouse and I had vegetarian pastas, both steaming hot, cooked perfectly al dente and tasty. We shared a dessert of vanilla ice cream bathing in a mild liquor, and topped with fresh espresso. Delicious but for the price, they should have served 2 - 3 scoops of ice cream. Unfortunately the espresso ordered after dessert was bitter, compared with others I've tasted in Paris.
Overall, I feel that the value is okay, given the neighborhood. For three persons, our total (including tax/tip and a large Evian water) came to 158 Euros -- a moderate price in this upscale Paris suburb.
Valet parking is offered at a reasonable 8 Euros.
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