I was recently introduced to what at first appears to be just a wine bar/merchant for an afternoon drink, but when a wonderful small selection of meats, olives and savoury cake appeared, I sensed that there was much more to CiaoGnari than first meets the eye.
Stocking an impressive selection of wines of little-known Italian grape varieties, regional Italian beers, pastas, condiments and chocolates from Guido Gobino, even the people who stop to pick up a bottle are tempted into anchoring down for an epicurean pause.
CiaoGnari is run by Roberta and Mirko from Brescia who are quite simply passionate (and knowledgeable) about good food, wine, and wonderfully welcoming service with a smile. Just step into their light and informal bar around lunchtime and you’ll be treated to some flavourful Italian homecooking which you can savour with a glass of wine, that you probably won’t be able to find anywhere else in Paris. Their menu consists of varying starters, mains and desserts which reliably always includes lasagne (both of the meat and vegetarian variety).
They also have a cosy downstairs “living room” in which they hold concerts, craft fairs and pasta-making workshops. This room can be let out for private parties too. You can follow their events on their Facebook page and buy their products online but, better still: why not pay them a visit – you will not be disappointed!