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Review of Cantina Chic

Cantina Chic
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Ranked #222 of 18,464 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$29
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Champs-Élysées
Description: Small and casual restaurant, fresh products, home made food, friendly service, nice italian wines and low prices.
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Places like Catina Chic are why Tripadvisor is so important. How else could a small, unassuming, but absolutely delightful restaurant make it in a huge crowded marketplace like Paris?

My wife and I were staying around the corner and after reading about Catina Chic checked it out one afternoon. We were under-whelmed by its appearance and the limited menu. But after re-reading the reviews and getting a bit bored with the sameness of “traditional” French bistros and restaurants, we decided to try it for dinner. We walked in about 1900 without a reservation and Fred, the owner, host, and waiter, greeted us warmly. As previously reported, it is small, fitting only about 30 people, and it has a very limited menu. But as it turns out, it was a great night!!!!

The food was unique and fabulous, the wine was very good, and Fred is a guy you wish nothing but the best for. How good was it … we went back our last night in Paris and if we lived there, it would be a place where we would eat once a week. And oh, by the way, the prices were downright cheap for a great meal in Paris.

My wife had the house specialty (pasta with mushrooms and truffle sauce) both times and labeled it “addictive.” I had the veal special one night and the pasta special the other. Both were very well prepared with fresh ingredients. There were nice touches throughout the meal. For example, the antipasti we ordered included burrata (fresh and fabulous) and small sweet onions marinated in balsamic.

And in an age when customer service is often an afterthought, Fred was genuinely touched when we came back a second time. He remembered our names and preferences and made us feel like old friends.

The two nights there bring a smile to my face whenever I think about them. Good luck Fred and merci bien!

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4  Thank Newave314
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

There is a good reason why this place has no negative reviews. The very good food was outdone only by the excellent service by the owner, who went to great lengths to describe the food and the ingredients. The food is obviously cooked with a lot of love, and wine pairing is excellent. Although I am an enthusiastic non-vegetarian, I opted for the house speciality - a truffle pasta - and it was amazing.

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1  Thank Chatman79
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Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

Genuinely delicious Italian cuisine in Paris. Just like home cooking, with perfectly matched wine list. The owner provides immaculately personalised attention to all diners. The restaurant is small and intimate, so consider booking. Great location near to major attractions. Wonderful family friendly venue also very nice for couples.

1  Thank DrSwazza
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Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

Authentic and real. Little off from the busy roads but easy to find. The wines are well thought and the presentation if the menu verbally was quite nice. Great for couples and small groups! Worth every euro! Warmly recommended!!!!

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Out of the 5 nights we stayed in Paris, this was the best meal we ate. Small, modern,Italian restaurant with amazing food. Great quality food and great service. The owner takes his time to explain everything on the Menu and is extremely friendly. Everyone should go eat here just to have the "at home experience." GREAT PRICES and GREAT FOOD!

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1  Thank Wawatc
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