Roberto il Piemontese runs a simple but excellent trattoria featuring products from his region and fresh pasta daily.
The carpaccio is sliced to order and delivered by Emmanuelle from La Boucherie des Gravalliers, across the street. Served with slivers of reggio-parmigian on a bed of greens, and drizzled with the finest extra-virgin Italian olive oil, so good that you may want to order a glass, to drink, it is my favorite opening act here.
I was joined by the writer/book reviewer KV Marin and we indulged our conversational Italian to learn all about Roberto and the wines, pastas and oils that he also sells to other restaurants, and clients like us.
There is no exhuastive menu, just four starters, a selection of pastas and the family Piemontese wines by the glass or bottle.
For KV it was cavatelli al pesto that she pronunced delicioszo!
I opted for a more rustic raviloi alla melanzane
It was so obvious that we were enjoying our meal that Roberto opened 2008 version of the 2012 Barbera we had been drinking and filled fresh glasses to their brims.
And over coffee he placed two different bottles of limoncello on the table.
Warm, intimate and welcoming, this neighbor will become my spot for pasta.
Roberto also ofers a splendid assortment of olive oils, dried pastas, sauces from la momma's recipes and of course the rich full-bodies reds from Cassinelli, the family vineyard.
Finely dice an onion,add the sauce, simmer,add 100 grams of ground beef, finish with a few shots of vino rosso e presto, pasta all Bolognese!
21 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris