An Italian Gem in the 18th

For years, this corner restaurant on the back side of Sacre Coeur seemed shrouded in mystery. It was a Thai place, painted red, with windows covered so you couldn’t see inside. My neighbors and I never saw anyone go in or out. The lack of traffic finally did it in—we guess—and a fantastic Italian spot has taken its place. In Bocca Al Lupo is modern in its stripped-down interior, unadorned windows and homemade bread. But it has retained the vintage atmosphere so integral to Lamarck Caulaincourt, especially by the blue, brown and white tile floor—which had been covered for decades by a glued-down carpet. A heavy wooden door leads to the walk-in fridge from the dining area. And the food is great. It’s classic Italian, clean and fresh, with no skimping on the little things, such as the quality of the olive oil and balsamic vinegar for salad dressing. The prices are appropriate for this working class neighborhood. Little wonder that it was mobbed today at lunch!

14 rue Francoeur, Paris 75018

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  1. Comment by Maleena | 12/07/13 at 9:19 am

    I will definitely search this italian gem out next time I’m in Paris. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Comment by Ralph M | 12/08/13 at 4:21 pm

    We “live’” just across the street and totally agree that the food and service are great. Clara & her husband put a lot of effort [& euro] into turning this from a ‘do not visit ‘ Chinese restaurant to an Italian that is full of locals. We have only sampled the pizza so far [very good] but consider “In Bocca Al Luppo” a must. Hope they have a long & successful business. Go early in evening if you want a table!!

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