Italian restaurants in Paris

Pizza, pasta, prosciutto and Prosecco

Time Out

Everyone likes a slice of Italy – especially when it’s topped with stringy mozzarella, fresh olives and tangy tomato sauce. These are our favourite restaurants in Paris for Italian cooking, from rustic trattorias to cutting edge chic

Pasta and trattoria

La Trattoria Pulcinella

Critics' choice

Italian fever has seized the north side of Montmartre’s Butte: there’s Trattoria Pulcinella on rue Eugène Sue, La Pulcinella and Locanda Pulcinella pizzeria on rue Damrémont; and as if that weren’t enough, another Italian, L’Angelo, has recently opened too. That’s a lot of choice; but don’t be daunted... 

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Mairie du 18e

La Terra Madre

Critics' choice

A grocery-cum-restaurant run by an Italian couple with an interest in Indian and Japanese cuisines, La Terra Madre certainly stands out from the gastronomic crowd. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the dishes are Italian – all the classics, from mushroom lasagne to stuffed peppers and veal pasta...

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Caffé dei Cioppi

Critics' choice

Lightning struck when this minuscule Italian trattoria, run by Fabrizio and Federica Mancioppi, opened three years ago. And it still wows today thanks to outstanding dishes like sausage and red wine risotto, garlicky shellfish linguine, Italian charcuterie, tangy Sicilian lasagnes, creamy burrata and sbrisolona... 

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Eastern Paris

Come a Casa

Critics' choice

A meal at Come a Casa isn't for anyone with issues around personal space – you feel like you're elbow-to-elbow and knee-to-knee with pretty much everyone else in the place. But if you like cheese and wine and perfect pasta in a sweet little neighbourhood... 

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11th arrondissement

Amici Miei

Amici Miei, (‘my friends’), is an authentic Sardinian trattoria, the sort that feeds you up with all the flavours of Italy. Carpaccio and salads compete for starters (€8 to €19), followed by generous pasta or risotto dishes (€12 to €21) and thin crust pizzas... 

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11th arrondissement

La Bocca della verita

Fans of the better-known Italian pasta dishes will feel at ease here, but the real resaon for coming to La Bocca Della Verita is the special twist that the kitchen adds to much of the cooking. On our visit we were delighted by a generous plate of burratta lifted by a black truffle puree... 

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6th arrondissement

Procopio Angelo

Critics' choice

Head to Procopio Angelo for masterful fresh pasta; everything in this restaurant positively sings Tuscany. Even the prices, which are as dolce as any vita. The big ovens look out onto a big colourful room, a little interior terrace, a cool room...

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Canal Saint Martin

Il Prezzemolo

Critics' choice

An old Italian film is projected on the back wall, each table has a pair of scissors for cutting the thin-crust pizzas, and charming waiters with heavy Italian accents attend to the customers. Opening the door to this tiny, neighbourhood trattoria...

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3rd arrondissement

Mori Venice Bar

This high-end shrine to Italian cooking in the heart of Paris has a hushed atmosphere and serious overtones: Milanese chic (white tablecloths and comfortable leather armchairs and banquettes), touched with Venetian romanticism (Murano glass lamps, carnival masks and wooden fittings)... 

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2nd arrondissement

Swann et Vincent

With its Parisian bistro allure, this tiny Italian restaurant offering classic transalpine cuisine is nothing if not convivial. Sugared olives and charcuterie 'du pays' are served by Italian waiters who move the chalkboard from table to table across the tiled floors... 

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12th arrondissement
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Pizza

Il Brigante

Critics' choice

The décor is minimal and the atmosphere supercharged, with the white-hatted and –aproned chef preparing and firing his ample pizzas in the centre of the room, making a fine spectacle as he manages his team and feeds... 

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Mairie du 18e

Al Taglio

Critics' choice

One of the first outfits in Paris to sell pizza by weight, now a popular practice, Al Taglio is an understated canteen with chic overtones; big wooden high tables are scattered throughout the venue, lit by metallic lamps. Its popularity extends beyond... 

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Oberkampf

Pizza Chic

Critics' choice

An address which could only exist on the left bank, nestled into the busy streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés where 'chic' is a religion in itself. But this contemporary, polished pizzeria (wood panelling, suspended lighting, design tiles and seating)... 

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St Germain des Prés

La Pizzetta

Critics' choice

With their thin crusts, Parma ham, rocket, fresh olives and buffalo mozzarella straight from Italy, you won’t be disappointed by the quality of the pizzas in this pretty 9th arrondissement restaurant. In summer, the terrace offers a great view of the Avenue Trudaine... 

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Pigalle

La Massara

Critics' choice

A deservedly popular Italian/Sicilian restaurant near République, you’ll often find groups of natives from Rome or Tuscany having a glass of wine and nibbling on bruschetta. Start with a Spritz, the famous national cocktail made with Prosecco and Campari... 

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The Marais

Le Bistrot Napolitain

This chic Italian bistro is as far from a tourist joint as it is possible to be. On weekday lunchtimes it is full of suave Italianate businessmen. Generosity defines the food - not just big plates, but lashings of the ingredients that others skimp on, such as the slices of tangy parmesan... 

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Champs Élysées and western Paris

More Italian dining

Camion à pizzas du Centquatre

It’s not everyday you come across a pizza van in central Paris, and especially not one like Le Camion à Pizzas in the 104 (rue d’Aubervilliers) arts centre: Its shiny black, retro-futurist bodywork looks like something from ‘pimp my ride’ and blends in perfectly with the wacky art installations... 

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19th arrondissement

Green Pizz

Don’t make the mistake of confusing Green Pizz with a pizzeria: there’s nothing Italian about the menu here. Made from fresh, organic and mostly French ingredients, the ‘pizz’ is a fast food invention that only vaguely references an actual pizza. Toppings on the slender oval bases... 

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Chaussée d'Antin

Professore

Critics' choice

Professore is a restaurant that tries hard to please, and succeeds. From the moment you step through the door, you’ll be struck by the classy décor, all soft lighting and Neapolitan dining tables. The same goes for Gocce, the bookshop-cum-bar in the back, whose sofas and thick carpets positively invite you to... 

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Saint-Georges

L'Epicerie Musicale

Critics' choice

Ideally situated on the Canal Saint-Martin, L’Epicerie Musicale is a delightful hybrid of café-bar-restaurant-delicatessen-music store. The retro furniture gives the interior all the charm of an old Sicilian café, offset by graffiti art on the walls, a deli section with fish, wine, oils, hams fresh cheeses... 

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Canal Saint Martin

Ice cream

Gelati d’Alberto

You come to purple and white Gelati d’Alberto for two things: the delicious ice cream and to watch the employees turn your scoops into a flower-shaped work of art before your very eyes. Once you’ve tasted the classic flavours, try the Nutella, green tea or even the vodka Red Bull... 

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5th arrondissement

Grom

Created by two young Italians in 2003, Grom has grown into an international ice cream chain with boutiques in Europe, the States and Japan. But don’t let that put you off: their caramel ice cream with pink Himalayan salt and cioccolato fondente made from Venezuelan chocolate are still as good as ever... 

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St Germain des Prés

Pozzetto

Critics' choice

Pozetto might not be the most famous gelateria in Paris, but it’s one of the best, serving classic Italian flavours like gianduia torinese (a Turin speciality of chocolate and hazelnuts from Piémont), fior di latte (made from milk, cream and sugar) and pistacchio (a creamy Sicilian pistachio blend)... 

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4th arrondissement

Comments

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Palmizia
Palmizia

L’Épicerie Musicale n'est pas chère DU TOUT !!! Et en plus c'est dix fois mieux que la plupart des autres restaurants cités... Enfin, c'est mon avis, mais l'italienne et surtout la gourmande que je suis fait que je sois bien placée pour donner une opinion pertinente !