Non Solo Cucina
Rediscover the rocky soil of Sicily in the heart of Paris’ 16th arrondissement… All you have to do is step inside Giuseppe Messina’s osteria, a restaurant filled with bottles of wine and canned goods, where you can dine alone, as a couple or with your family. Some herbed fried bread to start acts as the host for the blessings to follow: fried anchovies (€24) which, incredibly, weren’t too salty for once, served on a bed of fried vegetables; perfect linguine alle vongole – shellfish, “barely crushed” tomatoes, garlic and olive oil (€32) – selected from amongst the house specialties, like the pasta with fresh sardines, pine nuts, raisins, wild fennel, pink garlic and crispy breadcrumbs (€24) or veal bocconcini stuffed with lardo di Colonnata, red onion, pecorino, mint, basil and preserved red peppers (€32). Before a ricotta mousse with chopped pear and amaretto for dessert (€10). To drink, there’s a mouthwatering Sicilian wine list, but it doesn’t come cheap… €8 for a glass of Regaleali bianco from Tasca, and €80 for a bottle of Harmonium, a Nero-d’Avola from Firriato. Menu €26-31 (weekday lunch), à la carte €48-96. // P.A.