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“Disappointed.”
Review of il giramondo

il giramondo
Ranked #2,073 of 17,290 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Tour Eiffel / Invalides
Suburb of Houston
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Disappointed.”
Reviewed 14 July 2013

We thought this was an undiscovered little gem so we just HAD to go. Imagine my disappointment when I opened TA to write this review to learn that all the tourists already know about it! Oh well. We "discovered" other places. The grocery store in front is by far the highlight of the whole experience, and we bought provisions for a great picnic here. Don't miss the marinated artichokes. But dinner was so-so. The menu is limited and uninspiring. The antipasto was ok, but we got better charcuterie at the Casino (supermarket). The other tables got good service and were in and out quickly, but we were ignored for long periods of time and after waiting a very long time for the check, learned by eaves-dropping that we just go up front where the waiter rings up the bill from memory. We literally ate our way through France eating rich and unusual foods for the 8 prior days with no complaints and no intestinal disturbances, but we were both uncomfortable after this meal.

  • Visited July 2013
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Suburban Detroit
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lovely Italian oasis at the foot of the Eiffel Tower”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

Saw the reviews on trip advisor when looking for somewhere to eat on a visit to the Eiffel Tower We were tiring of all the meat offerings on French menus and were interested in a change. We took an early tour of the tower and got here at noon. The deli counter was bustling and had we not known about the secret stairs to the restaurant we never would have spotted it. We gestured to the sign and were told it wasn't opened yet. Cinq minutes. We dutifully waited and were finally escorted down. We were rewarded for our persistence by a delicious meal. Mixed salad with grilled vegetables and smoky mozzarella and the best focaccia I have ever tasted. I don't go out of my way for focaccia because I usually find it a bit dry but this was moist and dipped in their olive oil and balsamic dressing - heavenly. Then Parmesan risotto for two. The service was lovely and the restaurant has a homey feel. Ordering a la carte was much more pricey (66e for the above plus coffee) rather than the prix fixe menu would have been (19e per person) but we were so happy with our meal we would do it just the same if we returned.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank susanpmi
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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“amazing secret in the heart of Paris”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

Even the taxi driver didn't know there was a restaurant under this little shop! Not flashy decor but you'll get a warm reception and wonderful food in this little restaurant. This is the fifth time of eating in this restaurant over the last 6 years and it won't be the last, it never fails to impress. Simple, quality food done well is the talent of the Italians, but this chef manages to combine the fussiness of French cooking with the simplicity of Italian. This time we had mozzarella and brescola to start, the chef's risotto which was rich and the linguine with clams (vongole, the menu isn't available in English) which was divine. With a beautiful bottle of red wine, the tirimisu for desert which is incredibly light and a few bottles of water the bill came to just over 100 euros for 2 of us. We finished the evening with a wander over to the Eiffel Tower and a trip to the top just after sunset which was stunning. All round a really lovely evening.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank foxred
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Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A Little Gem”
Reviewed 26 April 2013

We were in Paris for nine days and ate here twice. Everything was wonderful . The risotto was especially good. Thank you to everyone who recommended this place. And thanks to Trip Advisor.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank mbrogan_11
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Bridgeport, CT
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The Best Italian this side of Roma”
Reviewed 23 April 2013

I had wonderful meals in Roma, but at Giramondo, the meals were excellent. The sea bass was excellent. My favorites were the spaghetti and clams, and the chef's special, crushed anchovies over linguine, two of the best meals ever. The maître de was very helpful with a great personality. Don't be fooled by the exterior of the establishment, there is a charming restaurant below!

Visited April 2013
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1 Thank TomBucci
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