Italian Restaurant with specifics in Paris

I am wondering if anyone knows of quaint Italian Restaurant in the Les Halles area of Paris.(or close by) that has red checkered tablecloths and a wine bottle with candle for the table. Might sound corny but we have actually looked for a place like this and my hubby said, maybe we will find one in Paris. So, I thought I'd ask my Traveline Friends if they already know of one. :)

Posted by Susan
Marin County/San Francisco
4040 posts

There are good Italian restaurants in Paris, but doubt you'll find one with red checkered table cloths and wine bottle with candle... ;) I'm not a big fan of French food so we often look for Italian in Paris... can't remember any names though, sorry.

Posted by Norma
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5302 posts

Yeah, Shelley, I think the Italian restaurants have become too sophisticated for the candle in the Chianti bottle, though you may find the red checkered table cloth. But fear not, with any luck, you and your husband will find your "own" little place that you love, Italian or not.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
24206 posts

Shelley, I'm not sure you'll find both red checkered tablecloths and candles in Chianti bottles even in Italy, much less in Paris. I'm not too familiar with the Les Halles area, but if you want to take a short Metro ride, there are some in the Rue Cler area on rue de Grenelle. One that I dined at about a week ago is Il Grigio, which is quite small (only about 8 tables), but I thought the food was great. I noticed more Italian places on that street when I was walking back from the Eiffel Tower. You could also have a look at or but they will likely more "upscale" and without the quaint ambience you're seeking. Buon Appetito!

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
14140 posts

Good luck. Only in the movies or maybe in the US where someone thinks that is the image of an Italian restaurant. Just look forward a charming French restaurant.

Posted by Shelley
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
257 posts

Hey, I knew it was a stretch by why not ask. Yes, we are looking forward to trying all sorts of foods. but I'd been thinking of this so thought, why not ask. :) Thanks for the recommendation, Ken

Posted by Janet
Boise, ID, USA
620 posts

We ate at Chez Denise in the Les Halles area, which David Lebovitz describes as "the classic Parisian bistro experience." It had the red tablecloths but not the Italian food! But very cozy and fun.

Posted by Shelley
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
257 posts

Thanks Janet. Yes, I'd actually heard of this one before. Was it reasonably priceed? How was the food? It has a lot of history there too.

Posted by Sandy
Palm Desert
124 posts

We stayed in the Rue Montorgueil area near Les Halles. The apartment guest book recommended Little Italy on that street. The food was wonderful. We went there twice.