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Giorgio is a fun and cheerful Italian restaurant in the 11th Arrondissement, serving unpretentious pizzas and pastas, cocktails, and Italian drinks. There are quite a few of those restaurants around Paris, you might think. So why choose this one? For one, there’s the fun and cheerful 80s decor with a modern twist. Giorgio prides itself on being a “disco trattoria,” and for good reason. The place is gleaming. Pink is the predominant color. There are large mirrors on the ceiling and exposed duct pipes that shine. There is irreverent neon art, and the wine bottles cool down in transparent plastic bags. This is a 21st-century diner with a very instagrammable mood. A bit kitsch? Maybe, but they’re not ashamed of it. At Giorgio, they revel in over-the-top glam.
The food is worthy of the trattoria name: simple and unfussy, but tasty nonetheless. Truffles are all over the menu. A win in my book. The Marvelous Truffle, a pasta dish, is baked in a cute little shallow pan and brought to the table covered in fragrant shaved truffles from Umbria.
If you prefer a Neapolitan-style pizza, go for the pizza called “En Plein Delirium”. This is no humble pie. The above-mentioned fresh truffles lay on top of mozzarella fior di latte and Parmigiano Reggiano, aged for 24 months. Delectable. Make sure you wash it down with some Italian birra. If you need suggestions, I’m happy to recommend the Baladin Super. Brewed in Piedmont, it is a Belgian strong amber ale with hints of plum, almond, and vanilla. You’re welcome. Like many other respectable Italian eateries, Giorgio offers tiramisù and panna cotta for dessert. And since you’re in Paris, there is an option for baba au rhum and a pistachio choux. The choice is yours. If you have any room left after you finish your hearty pizza, that is.
The crowd is young and hip. Couples on a date, friends on a girls’ night out; the young and the restless queue outside before opening hours, anxious to get in. It’s a place for beautiful people to see and be seen. Reservations are a good idea if you don’t want to wait around for a table. And definitely bring your teenage daughter here – she’ll love the vibe. These other things to do for a mother-daughter trip to Paris may be right up your alley too.