For a small restaurant, Rino has attracted big press since opening in early 2010. French food critics have unanimously been nodding their approval of young Italian chef Giovanni Passerini’s 26-seat diner near Paris’ trendy Bastille quarter. If you’re smart enough to bag a red banquette at Rino, anticipate being wowed by Passerini’s uniquely modern and mainly organic take on gastro Italian cooking at almost bargain prices. Lunch is a crazily good deal at under 20 euros for two courses, and just over for three. Pricier and even more thrilling tasting menus are served to an adoring dinner crowd. Wines are Italian and French, mainly organic or biodynamic, and all shy of 40 euros. The kudos for being at Rino? Pretty much priceless.
46 rue Trousseau