Squatt Wine Shop

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This natural wine cellar serving Italian small plates is the ideal drinking den.

Bottles of natural wine take centre stage on the shelves of this tiny restaurant, along with a kitchen not much bigger than a student’s (but undoubtedly much cleaner). A smiley young chef greets us from behind the bar and serves us a glass of merlot and a glass of syrah (€5 each) – both do just the trick. Then comes the burrata – soft and marvellously creamy, it comes with crushed nuts, basil and olive oil (€10). It disappears in minutes.

The menu is so rich that we have no idea where to start: slices of cured Piémont beef (€12), the house focaccia (€7), seven types of cheese (€5-8), Spanish, French or Italian charcuterie (€7-15)... 

The meatballs with pine nuts and organic tomato sauce (€9) are tender enough to make us swoon and a smokey Sardinian cheese might has well have been a burst of sun straight from Cagliari on our tastebuds. The roast pork joint with tomatoes, green chilli, red onions and a Basque pepper vinaigrette brought memories of Italian holidays flooding back. Then – an epiphany in the form of an Italian rosé, which becomes one of the best we’ve tried. Ever. This a true slice of Italy – without even leaving the city.

TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE

By: Jenny Stampa

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Venue name: Squatt Wine Shop
Contact:
Address: 112 rue de la Roquette
11e
Paris

Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Sun 5pm-1am
Transport: Metro : Voltaire

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