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.
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