Restaurant Daroco in ParisDaroco (Paris) - © Benoît Linéro

Best Decor Guide 2017

Stratospheric! This is the most beautiful décor Paris has offered us in ages…. Sitting on both rue and Galerie Vivienne, the inseparable Julian Ross and Alexandre Giesbert (Roco in the 17th arrondissement) have given the old Jean Paul Gaultier boutique a makeover with peacock blue velvet benches, green marble-topped tables and green walls. The final touch was a gigantic mirror (ideal for dizzying selfies) and JPG- (or Jean Genet) inspired waiters dressed in marinière stripes. As for the kitchens (open, central, spectacular!), they are bustling both in front of and behind il forno, where incredible pizzas sizzle. The night we went, after braised and stewed carciofi sprinkled with bottarga and olive oil, or linguine with lemony butter and a tender sea bream tartare, we placed our bets on a Cantano pizza (Neapolitan dough, fior di latte, sardines, stracciatella, wild garlic, lemon zest) that was packed with flavor! Before an exquisite tiramisu made with homemade cookies, Piedmont hazelnuts, cacao and Tonka beans. To drink, there’s a purring wine list: Bardolino rosé Azienda Calvachina (€6 a glass), a white Fontanasanta Manzoni by Foradori (€12) and a Barbera-d’Alba Ciabot Camerano (€39 a bottle). Unless you’d like to head a little deeper into the space, towards the Galerie Vivienne side, where you’ll reach a backroom serving cocktails (€12-14) made by the bartender from Danico. Pizza €11-18, antipasto €12-18, primi €14-24, secondi €28, dolci €4-9. // Y.G.

Getting there

Restaurant Daroco
6, rue Vivienne
TEL: +33 1 42 21 93 71
Subway: Bourse, Pyramides, Sentier