In this area of Paris, it seems many French restaurants are closed. When I arrived in the Neighborhood around 5:30pm on a Sunday, it was open, but they were preparing for the evening.
I walked around for 2 hours, until I saw people sitting and eating, and finally went inside. The staff was a bit curt at first, sitting me alone inside, when there were plenty of tables outside. They left me sitting alone for a good 5 minutes before bringing me a menu. Finally after another 5 or 10 minutes they took my order. Two of the staff spoke English, one very well, and one did his best. I speak no French, so kept my order quite simple. I had the Caprese Salad, the plat de jour of Grilled Veal Chop, and a bottle of wine.
The wine, a reasonably priced 375ml (37.5 cl - or half a bottle) Valpolicella at 13 euro, was pleasant enough Not kept at cellar temperature, it was a little warm, but drank nicely.
The Mozzarella and Tomato salad was excellent, fresh mozzarella cheese made for quite an enjoyable dish.
The grilled veal chop was nicely cooked, medium rather than well and leathery. Juicy indeed. It was lightly seasoned, and really just the meat showed. I took pasta instead of vegetables for a side - and there was no doubt the pasta was fresh. Simple with olive oil, i added some fresh parmesean and it was great.
The price for dinner for 1 was about 45 euro, which included the half bottle of wine.
It was not the best Italian food i've had, in Paris, Italy or America. However, it was quite a nice meal for a Sunday in Paris. Many locals were eating by 8pm, which a number of people doing pizza takeout. One older gentleman walked in, sat, said nothing, and they brought his water and dish within a few minutes while he read his book.
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