Musings from a foodie…
This past couple of weeks offered up an opportunity to spend some time in my favorite city in the world – Paris!! As always, when I travel to the city at the center of culinary excellence, I try to visit a variety of places from hidden gems to upscale once-in-a-lifetime experiences. On this trip, I found four very different places that you might want to consider for different reasons if you travel to Paris.
After a day of museums, our group of four was wandering down the streets when we realized that we had not made any reservations for dinner. So, I pulled out trusty Dr. Google and identified the restaurants within a couple of blocks. There were multiple choices but everyone was thumbs up for Italian. We headed for Ristorante Costa d’Amalfi [Service = * / Food = * * * * ] which was only a very short distance from the corner where we were standing. We arrived to a very small restaurant of six tables of four each in a very cozy place. Simone was the chef (I apologize – I did not get his full name) and he opened the place in 2016. The food was quite good. The waitress was horrible at best. And, it wasn’t the language barrier that got in the way. Rather, it was the unorganized and disorderly approach to managing the whole dining experience. I must say that the tagliatelle with porcini and prosciutto was exceptional as well as the saltimbocca served with fresh sage and a perfect sauce. I was truly impressed. But, the service was less than lousy. In fact, it was so bad that it precipitated an “Italian discussion” in the open kitchen right behind our table between the chef and the waitress. We weren’t sure who won the discussion but the both went about their business. Regardless, the next time you are in Paris, consider this place. If the waitress has not been replaced, enjoy the “discussions” between the chef and his help. It’s sort of like having Italy in Paris. Ristorante Cost d’Amalfi – 65 Rue de l’Universite – Paris 75007 - +33 (0) 1 45 56 03 71 – No email reservations available