Whilst moving our entire library of books from our Paris apartment to the French Midi with our cavernous Dobló, it is of course necessary to have a break once in a while, and so we went for a tasteful dinner at "our" Italian restaurant right around the corner of our apartment, in the rue Pierre Leroux, in the 7th Arrondissement.
It is a fine, intimate, cosy restaurant, well known to "Parisiens" of the 7th and the 6th arrondissement, with the interior breathing a refined art deco atmosphere, offering comfortable and roomy seating.
The "ambiance" is delightful in the summer evenings with the windows opened on the quiet street, rue Pierre Leroux. We enjoyed our "dîner", just read on...
Hans Knol ten Bensel
As a "mise en bouche", we got a delicious oiece of cheese pizza...
"Ah, you are there, welcome!" The owner Giuseppe greeted us as if we were family members. "Take a table close to the window, you will be comfortable" he assured us, and with a broad gesture he offered a window table to us. Indeed, we could feel the soothing subtle Parisian breeze in this warm summer evening refreshing us.
We started with a 50 cl bottle of the delicious Basilicata house wine, "from my home village", the owner assured us, whilst we studied the menu.
Whilst sipping at our glasses of Basilicata, we enjoyed a small piece of cheese pizza as an appetizer "of the house". (see photo above).
My wife chose an "Antipasto di Verdura", or freely translated an assortment of fresh grilled vegetables, and I personally went for an "Affetato Misto", or a mixed platter of Italian charcuterie. The charcuterie is of course deliciously fresh and tasteful, to be enjoyed with an equally fresh and sublime olive bread. It was so simple and pure, as good Italian cooking should always be.
The assortment of grilled vegetables consisted of exquisite Parisian champignons, dried tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, yellow and red peppers, spinach and zucchini. A superb combination, grilled in olive oil, but of course served cold. Both starter dishes set us back 8 and 9 Euros respectively, which is totally reasonable considering the culinary quality.
For the main dish, my wife opted for the "Scallopina", veal with mushrooms, spinach and gnocchi, and your servant went for the "Tagliatelle al Ragu' " (see photo below) a sublime dish of tagliatelle mixed with a ragout of beef and sheep in tomato sauce. Both dishes truly delightful... a refined culinary experience, costing 16 and 14 Euros respectively.
We closed off our dinner with a dessert, dubbed "Dolce Misto", which consisted of a piece of Tiramisú, Pannacotta and Mousse au Chocolat.
Delightful again, costing 6,5 euros a piece. See photo here below...
When you want to enjoy excellent Italian cuisine, in a quiet 7th arrondissement street, very close to the Grande Epicerie, the Rue du Bac and the Rue de Sèvres, as well as being in easy walking distance to St. Germain des Prés, then this is a place you should definitely try out. We give you here the address and contact data, and let you enjoy the photos...and give you the address: La Lucania da Giuseppe, Rue Pierre Leroux, 75007 Paris, Tel 01 53 69 06 03
Hans Knol ten Bensel
The next day, we drove by with our Doblo, on our way to the French Midi...