The best Italian restaurant in Paris

The Niko Romito restaurant and the Bulgari Bar at the Bulgari Hotel in Paris

Do some window shopping on the side of Via Condotti . Stop on the terrace for an elegant aperitivo with cocktails and antipasti . Go for a walk at sunset in the streets of Rome , sublime and eternal. A holiday mirage? This is more or less the experience offered in the heart of the Parisian Golden Triangle , 1400 kilometers away. At the corner of Avenue George V and Rue Pierre Charron, the Bulgari Hotel , which opened last December, offers a dream break while waiting for the next vacation in Italy.


Lunch in dolce vita style

menu of the hôtel Bulgari restaurant in Paris

Originally from Abruzzo, the promised land of Italian terroir, Chef Niko Romito is a true star whose concepts, such as Il Ristorante - Niko Romito, bring the gastronomy of the Boot from Beijing to Milan, passing through Tokyo and Shanghai. It makes perfect sense that his knives find a place in the kitchens of the Bulgari Hotel, embodied in Paris by its executive chef, Davide Capucchio.

Lunch (or dinner) at his table is like booking a one-way ticket to the eternal city, as the plates are perfection. On a literal level, since the colorful tableware is signed by Ginori 1735, the emperor of the Italian art of table setting. Inside, after a delightful and unexpected introduction (a particularly aromatic chicken and vegetable broth to replace appetizers), you can savor divine spaghetti e pomodoro (€32), silky vitello tonnato (€32), marinated gambero rosso shrimp with citrus (€48), or even surprising cod with almond, sea urchin, and parsley sauce (€54). Don't forget to dip your bread between courses in an explosive olive oil, almost green and full of sunshine. Top it off with the €70 lunch menu, promising delightful discoveries.


An aperitif on the terrace

Service palace, country garden, author's potions: the decor is set. On entering the hotel, turn right and ask for an aperitivo on the terrace . Once at the table, observe this out-of-this-world setting and study the cocktail menu. Leonardo Zanini , maestro of the shaker, signs signature jewels to blush with pleasure: the Americano & Chinato (mixture of Bitter and Vermouth Mancino, house soda with Chinotto and Prosecco mousse), the Milano-Livorno (Campari and Galliano combined with lemon lime, lemon, orgeat syrup and saffron) or the Leo Parisien (floral and fragrant combination of Gin Sabatini, cucumber, elderflower, Moët & Chandon vintage rosé and apple juice).

The cocktails certainly cost €30 (and are quite honestly worth the detour, I say) but, Italian address obliges, they arrive escorted by a nice platter of 5-star antipasti offered: prosciutto, crostini and other pretty bites. To prolong, and because the first drink will be as delicious as it is quickly consumed, we recommend a glass and a reinforcement of plates with an assortment of cheeses (€23), tomato parmesan basil focaccia (€15) and indecent bites of “ frittatin ” of pasta, sorts of mac & cheese couture (€12). Psst: we feel the good idea to impress his date…

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© Geraldine Martens


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