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“Working Out the Kinks”
Review of Monteverdi

Monteverdi
Ranked #502 of 17,155 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$34 - US$78
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Chicago, Illinois
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190 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Working Out the Kinks”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Only two months under new ownership, Montiverdi on rue Guisard in the busy St Sulpice neighborhood seems to be working out some of its transition issues -- judging from our very good experience there compared to a couple of other recent reviews.
Three of us took a chance on a walk-in, on a very busy Saturday night when choices are erratic -- many places fully booked, others small and hard to read -- and were well received and served.
Monteverdi is large, but broken into small rooms -- so the comfort and noise levels are fine. We sat in the back room, near the fireplace -- chairs are large and upholstered, an unusual feature in Paris.
We started with a shared arancini -- average -- and I had the classic arugula with parmesan -- a favorite of mine as the French version of the green is so much sharper and pungent than any in America.
For main courses, I had a decent osso bucco with risotto, and the others had steaks. It's risky to order a steak in Paris done any more than medium, but for those so desiring, they had it just right.
Wine list is limited but a hearty Sicilian red was right with the meats.
We passed on desserts, but adjoining tables looked to enjoy both the cheese plates and the parfaits.
At 40 euros apiece, in a neighborhood where tourist-oriented mediocrity is commonplace, we would say we did better here than we had expected. Not a destination, but worth keeping in mind on a street where one can seemed spoiled for choice and challenged for information.

  • Visited May 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“The soul is gone.”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

My husband and I have been going to Monteverdi for years, On some trips, we would dine there more than once. The restaurant recently sold and is no longer owned by the Monteverdi family.
While the food is still good, the new owner seems more concerned with appearances. The tall,
good looking servers don't seem to understand that the job is to serve, not just stand around.
This may improve in time since it is just newly reopened. Also, don't assume you can pay with a US issued credit card. They only accept the chipped cards. We were lucky to have enough cash, but just barely.

  • Visited April 2014
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“A poor composition”
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Anyone who has eaten regularly in Italy in even a modest restaurant would be advised to avoid Monteverdi. I think that this restaurant has recently changed ownership - and the teething problems are only too clear. Sadly, we encountered a series of shortcomings. First, a portion of lasagne arrived, poorly presented, looking like it had been made days before and...cold. It was sent back and we were assured that a fresh one was being prepared. But no, it returned having been microwaved and looking even more forlorn. Next, my wife ordered a pasta with aubergine, courgette and tomatoes (as it said on the menu) and it arrived predominantly laced with mushrooms ( which she doesn't eat!). My sea bass with risotto hit rock bottom. Tasteless fillets of bass and a sloppy risotto, both swimming in liquid.
It's a pity because the space has potential. Several rooms to eat in with a choice of near the piano player or "sitting soft" in the cellar-like rear.
Any half discerning Italophile should however stay away.

Visited April 2014
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