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Europe Report: Paris and Italy

Jon Leventhal | Jul 16, 2003 03:17 PM

I'll try and make this brief:

Paris:

Brasserie I'll St. Louis: Nice ambiance, OK food. Decent, if bland, choucroutte. Tasty beer. About $80 for two.

Regalade: Nice bistro feel, superb food but weak deserts. Great scallops, quail and lamb. Hearty food. Strangely, they made us order desert at beginning of meal. Relative bargain. $100 for two.

Astier: Solid food - excellent roast pork with mushrooms, ravioli appetizer. Cheese course incredible. Superb wine list - reasonable. Again, desert disappointing. $90 for two with 1 1/2 bottles of wine.

Moisonnier: I've never had lyonnaise food before: save it for the winter. It is heavy and hearty. Excellent escargots, beef/onion caserole and lemon mousse. Good beaujolais by the carafe. Friendly. About $90 for two.

Venice:

Corta Sconta: We weren't that hungry, and didn't want to spend 52e for the appetizers, but went anyway. Charming garden full of Europeans (non italian). Very pushy hostess (owner, I think) comes over and gives us the hard sell on the appetizer sampler. We decline, order a couple pastas and grilled fish. Both fantastic. Wine list excellent. However, when waiter brings check, he mentions that service is not included. It is. Between the pushy hostess, lying waiter and somewhat impersonal feel, I won't return. Food is great, though. 92e

Alle Testiere: Returned after having an excellent, if pricey meal previous year. Got same table. Friendly, english speaking staff. Very hip, esp for venice - shaved heads, black tshirts. Food has become very creative and international - tuna w/sesame and soy, ie. Good, but I didn't come to Italy to eat like this.
98e.

Da Ignazio: Lovely outdoor garden, traditional menu. friendly staff. average food. 70e

I'll post more later. Gotta work to pay for my vacation.

Jon

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