As we enjoyed our cafe au lait and croissant at Starbucks by Le Opera (see review) we were planning out our day.
Jumping on Metro nearby we headed toward Rue Mouftard Market a street fair to hunt for any treasures. Then after a short walk in the rain we discovered nothing. Apparently it is closed Mondays...oh well next visit.
Wandering about we found ourselves at the Pantheon (must see) and noticed many students milling about. Turns out that there are nearby schools plus the Paris University School of Law. Next door we noticed Eglise St. Etienne but it’s doors were locked.
Feeling hungry and wanting to get out of the cold rain and warm up we headed into a handy Italian cafe La Capaninna.
All of the tables in the enclosed heated outdoor sidewalk area were occupied...hello...lunchtime.
Their manager noticed us with the wet hair and found us a small table in the also packed rustic back room...perfect!
The very busy waiter greeted us and assured us that he would be with us soon.
Our young waiter caught up and came over with a basket of bread. He was very personable fun and spoke French English and Italian...crazy good. He was entertaining as he took our orders.
A carafe of house red steak with penne pasta and chicken and penne for me. We noticed a student sitting next to us studying while eating his lunch.
Our table was in a small room with rustic brick walls near the kitchen...great.
As usual the wine was fabulous and the steak and penne pasta was delicious. Not only was my chicken penne equally tasty it was served piping hot...even better...cudos.
When we asked for more bread the waiter explained that it was almost finished baking.
Moments later we had another basket of very delicious dark on the outside light and airy on the inside peasant bread hot out of the oven.
We took our time to enjoy everything the food the wine the fresh bread and our wonderful server.
Espresso was a must finish while we chatted more with our new friend. I have his card and we will return on our next visit to Paris.
Do the same folks!
Ricardo y Julia