La Gazetta: Feel at home
La Gazetta might sound Italian to you but it’s a place that the French would call franco-français, and the chef, Petter Nilsson, is Swedish. This bistro is very near the Marché Aligre, one of the best covered food markets in Paris (with a bustling street market around it). In the neighbouring streets you can find everything you need for a fresh, clear market-oriented cuisine and that’s exactly what you get here. Excellent à la minute fish dishes, great steaks, well-crafted traditional stuff, like braised beef stews that melt in your mouth or Southern sardine starters that taste like summer.
You’ll never eat alone here, La Gazetta is a classic in the neighbourhood and beyond, packed at lunch and dinner time so you’d better book a table. In your company you’ll find: Parisian bobos (which is an abbreviation for bourgeois-bohémien), market vendors, office people and a Japanese couple every now and then or a Chinese food critic. Not surprising that they, too, make their way to La Gazetta. Its charming atmosphere and its unpretentious food make you feel at home right away.