Frank, with a pure instinct and a fierce passion for fine drinking, awarded Chef of the Year in 2019. Transplanted to Paris, young Lucca-born Michele Farnesi combines his experiences with great French chefs with authentic Italian flavors and textures in his mini bistro in Belleville. He loves sharp contrasts, pronounced flavors, strong contrasts: in a nutshell, the taste of challenge. During our last visit, we tasted amazing beetroot gnocchi with oysters, mind-blowing ravioli with shaved black truffle on top, and an impeccable and memorable lièvre à la royale. Sooner or later we will stop by to try his tripe, a very rare dish on the menu. Distinctive and well-balanced land-sea flavor combination, the dishes are still superb, even if showcasing marriages of a great deal of ingredients. The wine list is taken care of by Mirko Favalli and his hard work, that led him and Michele in October 2020 to open the delightful 'Dilia La Cave' wine shop in rue Etienne Dolet. Direct import and excellent research on small producers and age-worthy wines.
The best trattorias/bistrots are marked with 1,2,3 shrimps according to their quality grades.