Located down the street from the Sofitel Arc De Triomphe is a small Italian place called Finzi.
We felt like eating somewhere close to the hotel, so the concierge made a reservation for us. It was literally a 5minute walk away at 182 boulevard Haussmann.
There was only one waiter who spoke English, so I used my broken French as much as possible.
We started off with wine, and the waiter brought over a tray of marinated loves to munch on with our wine. They were really yummy.
We had an app of the usual tomato/mozzerela salad. It was refreshingly tasty. My waiter said they make thier own mozzerela cheese. I was really creamy and soft.
We also tried the beef carpaccio with parmesan. This dish was so awesome, I almost ordered 2 more as my dinner. The beef was paper thin and covered with olive oil and freshy grated parmesan cheese. What a great paring with our Cabernet wine.
I had a hard time deciding what to order, but they make fresh pasta, so pasta it was. I had ziti with marinara sauce. You'd think it would be boring, but quite the opposite. The pasta was tender and perfectly al dente and the sauce was full of chunks of tomatoes and basil. Really, really good.
HB had osso bucco wich is one of his fave dishes and let me tell you, it was not to be missed here. The lamb was tender and juicy and the sauce was so good, I could just put it in bread and be in heaven.
The deesert menu was small...maybe 5 items, but I odered the Zabaglione di frutti freschi gratinati,
which was orange slices, cantelope and honeydew in a cream sauce, covered in cheese and put under the broiler to make a crunchy topping. This dessert was SO sweet, light and yummy. It was perfect after the heavy pasta dish.
HB had tiramasu which of course was so good, I wanted to stay there and have several more...I just didn't have room.
I'm so glad the concierge recommended this place. It was wonderful. PLUS< we had to walk back to the hotel, so we didn't feel so full when he headed to the lounge to have a nightcap.
Try this place if you get a chance. it's right down from the Champs Elysees and the Arc De Triomphe.