The Best Hidden Italian Dining Spots in Paris

by Rachel Naismith

If there’s one thing the French and Italians have in common, it’s their passion for food. Fresh ingredients, leisurely lunches, indulging in fine wine? There’s no denying that la dolce vita appeals very strongly to Parisian sensibilities. Not only are the French the biggest consumers of pasta in Europe (besides Italy), Italian eateries, bars, and festivals have taken the city by storm in recent years. With several Italian food spots in the city, it’s difficult to navigate the best. Avoid the tourist-traps! Here’s a guide to the best hidden gem Italian dining spots in Paris:

Left: a bowl of rigatoni pasta (topped with aubergine) sits on top of a dark wooden table. Right: Tables and chairs inside Come a Casa are illuminated by the sun.
Top: Parisian terrace, @unealternanteaparis / Pizza e Pasta, @paris_mypendulumlife
Above: Pasta alla Norma / Come a Casa, @comeacasaparis

Come a Casa

Opened by Tuscan-Roman duo Flava Frederici and Gianluca Tamorri, this neighborhood restaurant is all about simplicity. The seasonal menu is small, but perfectly curated. A handful of pasta dishes sit alongside a single meat and fish option. For primi there are plates of top-quality Italian charcuterie and cheese. Like the menu, the interiors are paired-back, and the owners (who often pause for convivial chat with the customers), are friendly and relaxed. Highlights include aubergine parmigiana (bold as you like, laced with depth and umami) and homemade tiramisu— a marshmallow-like confection offset beautifully by plenty of coffee and booze. Come a Casa –“just like home”– feels like a visit to nonna’s (if nonna had mastered industrial-chic interior design). 

Left: A young man is holding a pizza fritte, which is cut in half and stuffed with veg and cheese. Right: A white van is pictured with na ni na written in green on the back.
Pizza fritte, / Nanina, The Good Place


Nanina is essentially a fromagerie specialising in Italian cheese. The goal? To produce mozzarella in the centre of Paris that tastes like it’s been made in Naples. Hey, if it’s good enough for the neighboring and highly acclaimed Septime restaurant, it’s good enough for me! Bag yourself a ball of mozz – which, as I was sternly informed by owner Julien Carotenuto, should never be refrigerated – and order some lunch. There’s crowd-pleasing panini filled with pistachio-infused mortadella, fresh caprese salad, and mini homemade pizzas bianca. Whether you dine in (and peek at the staff making the cheese!) or picnic in the nearby park, you’re guaranteed a fine lunch.

Left: Three friends are mid conversation inside the warmly-lit Rivoluzione restaurant. Right: a gentleman in a blue shirt pours olive oil over focaccia at Rivoluzione


Unassuming, unpretentious, and decidedly no-frills, Rivoluzione transports me to a sweltering Neapolitan backstreet. There are no gratuitous flourishes or hard-to-pronounce ingredients, just a couple of basics done (really) well. I thought it was impossible to make a truly great sugo rosso outside of your own kitchen, but I stand corrected. Unctuous, expertly balanced, and well-seasoned, it clings magically to the perfectly al dente penne. Equally pleasing is the linguine alla carbonara— sans cream and lightly punctuated by salty guanciale. Prices are reasonable: most pizzas, plats, and pasta dishes hover around the 10 euro mark. 

Left: A plate of spaghetti Vongole is pictured on top of a white table. Right: A table set for four is pictured overhead at La Madonnina
Pasta at La Madonnina

La Madonnina

You’d be forgiven for passing La Madonnina –  located in the ever-charming district of Canal Saint-Martin – without giving it a second glance. Its low-key décor and small seating area are almost engulfed by neighboring eateries. That is, of course, if it weren’t for the gorgeous smell of freshly baked dough beckoning you closer. Here, Neopolitan pizzas are the order of the day. Evenly baked in a stone oven, each pie is finished with an assortment of seasonal and locally sourced toppings. A favourite lunch and dinner spot for locals, there are few tourists in sight— just Frenchies who take pizza very seriously. 

Left: Wooden tables and chairs are pictured outside a traditional Montmartre restaurant. A bowl of clam pasta from Il Tempilenti is pictured from above
Outdoor dining, @frammentidiparigi / Pasta at Il Tempilenti, @luna_deslouis

Il Tempilenti

When I arrived at Il Tempilenti, the temperature in Paris had reached dizzying heights and, as such, I reasoned that it was far too hot to eat pasta. But with the prospect of lemon and ricotta stuffed ravioli dangled in front of me, my resolve crumbled. Seven minutes in, using a piece of bread for la scarpetta (the crafty Italian act of mopping up each morsel of sauce) I was glad it had. Ordinarily a side-show, the ricotta stood its ground; its creaminess and light tang offset (not overshadowed) by a measured grating of lemon zest. The handmade pasta was delicate and perfectly al dente – no easy feat when it comes to the fresh stuff – and accompanied with Daterrino tomatoes and a healthy glug of olive oil. Simplicity works wonders. Run by two super-cool women, this is a restaurant where, as its name suggests, you’ll want to take your time. 

La Madonnina is pictured from outside, with several tables and chairs sat outside the restaurant’s large windows
La Madonnina


Frittza is Paris’ first ever pizza fritte restaurant. The trendier, lesser-known sister of Neapolitan pizza, pizza fritte are folded, deep fried pizza pockets traditionally filled with ricotta and provola. Sounds super heavy? Think again. Good pizza fritte should be lightly golden, crisp, and piping hot. The best are found at street vendors in Naples, but if you don’t fancy a flight abroad, Frittza is an excellent alternative. The options here are more experimental than any I’ve tried in Italy (think smoked salmon, truffle, chicken) but the dishes here are tasty, the ingredients are well-sourced, and the service is friendly. If you’re craving Italian food but looking for something beyond the usual choices, Frittza is your answer.

Left: The sky is blue above a traditional Parisian street. Right: A gentleman is making ricotta in an industrial-looking kitchen.
Pretty Paris, @inseinelyparis / Ricotta making, The Good Place


Come a Casa74-76 bd de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris, France

Nanina24 rue Basfroi, 75011 Paris, France

Rivoluzione24 rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris, France

La Madonnina10 rue Marie et Louise, 75010 Paris, France

Il Tempilenti13 rue Gerbier, 75011 Paris, France

Frittza – 135 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France

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Rachel Naismith

Originally from London, Rachel is a food writer and content creator currently living in Paris. She is deeply passionate about all things food and drink. Her favourite pastimes include discussing anything to do with butter, experimenting with raku ceramics, and watching her Italian partner make her pasta View Rachel Naismith's Website

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One comment on “The Best Hidden Italian Dining Spots in Paris

Love it — the only hidden Italian restaurants in all of Paris happen to be in just three arrondissements: the hip 11th, 10th and 20th.

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