by wanderer 2005
June 15, 2005
We started off with wine, and the waiter brought over a tray of marinated olives to munch on with our wine. They were really yummy.
We had an appetizer of the usual caprese salad. It was refreshingly tasty. My waiter said that they make their own mozzarella cheese. It was really creamy and soft, and the tomatoes were sweet and juicy.
We also tried the beef carpaccio with fresh parmesan. This dish was so awesome, I almost ordered two more as my dinner. The beef was paper thin and covered with olive oil and freshly grated parmesan cheese. What a great paring with our cabernet.
I had a hard time deciding what to order, but they make fresh pasta, so pasta it was. I had ziti with marinara sauce. You'd think it would be boring, but it’s quite the opposite. The pasta was tender and perfectly al dente, and the sauce was full of chunks of tomatoes and basil. Really, really good.
HB had osso bucco, which is one of his fave dishes, and let me tell you, it was not to be missed here. The lamb was tender and juicy, and the sauce was so good, I could just put it on bread and be in heaven.
The dessert menu was small, with maybe 5 items, but I ordered the Zabaglione di frutti freschi gratinati, which was orange slices, cantaloupe, and honeydew in a marsala cream sauce put under the broiler to make a crunchy topping. This dessert was SO sweet, light, and yummy. It was perfect after the heavy pasta dish.
HB had tiramisu, which, of course, was so good, I wanted to stay there and have several more - I just didn't have room.
I'm so glad the concierge recommended this place. It was wonderful. PLUS we had to walk back to the hotel, so we didn't feel so full when we headed to the lounge to have a nightcap.
Try this place if you get a chance. It’s right down from the Champs Elysees and the Arc De Triomphe, by Metro Saint-Philippe-du-Roule. They have a second location at 26 Avenue Georges V.
From journal Right or Left Bank?