This little bistro is located in the East Libert ysection of Pittsburgh. The immediate surroundings are not very prepossessing, and until recently, access to the front entrance was limited by road construction. Previously, they would close between lunch and dinner (2:30 - 5:30) - the lunch menu was distinctly less expensive than the dinner menu. Now, the front entrance is accessible, they are open all day and the lunch menu seems to have disappeared.
AMBIANCE: The space is small, and intimate with French posters on the walls and vintage postcards on the tables. There is outdoor seating on a covered patio, though there is no view to speak of. The menu is small - a selection of savory and sweet crepes, quiches, soups, salads, desserts - advertised as "everyday French food". The wait staff seem to be young Americans who have spent time in France - they are uniformly pleasant and knowledgeable. Most speak French on demand. Some are quite humorous as they describe the prima donna behavior of the unseen French chefs - apparently they have been known to hurl plates at the kitchen wall if asked to cook food they deem unFrench and therefore unacceptable!
Regarding the food - French with adaptations that will certainly appeal to health-conscious individuals, is perhaps the most apt description. The ingredients are fresh, the presentation is superb, portion size is perfect for a French bistro, and everything tastes delicious. While at Bistro 66 recently, we met the new pastry chef David Picquard, who said he had just arrived from Paris. We have not yet had a chance to sample his creations (a previous pastry chef now has his own bakery in the Lawrenceville area - La Gourmandine).
In our opinion, Paris 66 Bistro is a little haven of interesting food in a rather drab part of Pittsburgh. It is also an excellent place to 'people watch' - the clientele seem to be a mixture of sophisticates from Squirrel Hill and Shadyside, academics from the nearby universities, and the occasional student who has just returned from (or is planning) a semester abroad.
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