Escape the fast-food cluster around the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est and hit a new Italian-like restaurant Allegra (it means “cheerful” in Italian).
The 10th arrondissement, an old working-class district in the heart of Paris, is in a sweet spot right now. A new generation of innovative restaurateurs are rebooting the neighbourhood offer, like Charismatic French chef Antony Cointre who opened his doors in June 2014.
If you feel like eating meltingly soft Italian food in a modern-industrial and spacious setting -noisy but joyful-, this is the place. Perfect for a table of friends or a family or even a couple’s night out. Great idea as well for a lively Sunday night casual dinner.
Once you sit -on the terrace or inside to enjoy the open kitchen-, their pizzas are a no-brainer. Made of Italian organic flour and offering a large range of surprising Italian and Sicilian fresh and seasonal toppings, these pizzas are perfectly thin, crispy and affordable (11 to 16 euros). In the mood for a discovery? Go for the Calabraise pizza (it’s an Italian sausage, the chef will tell you more about it if you ask). Pour yourself a Pilsner, a Czech draught beer (3,9 euros for half a pint) or a glass of Mediterranean red wine among the restaurant sophisticated selection.
If you’re very hungry, their antipasti are a must-eat as well. Between lunch and dinner services, you can also come sit for one of the best coffees of the neighborhood. It goes without saying their waiters are very welcoming and smiley. If you’re a veggie or vegan, the cooks even accept to change what your dish is made of.
For more information, don’t forget to check out the restaurant Facebook page.
When? Open every day from 8am to 11pm
It’s still worth booking ahead to get a seat: +33142081681
Where: Allegra, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, Paris, France
Metro: Chateau d'Eau (line 4, purple grape line)