Cherche Midi 22
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Heather Stimmler-Hall in 6th arrondissement, Dining €15-€30, International, Non-Fumeur

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Le Cherche Midi 22
22 Rue Du Cherche
Midi, 6th
M° Sevres Babylone
Tel 01 45 48 27 44

My friend Robin introduced me to this tiny Italian bistro hidden on a side street near Le Bon Marché. There are only a few tables and they are always taken by the loyal habitués, so be sure to reserve. The cuisine, like the waiters, is authentic Italian, with home made pastas and freshly made sauces -- all absolutely delicious! They’re open on Sundays and in August, with a late dinner service until 11:30pm. And….drum roll…when I passed by yesterday I saw this sign posted on the door:

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They are now non-smoking! Just goes to show all of you skeptics out there…restaurants are for enjoying good cuisine, and the Parisians love their cuisine, so it’s only a matter of time before smoking is relegated to the bars and cafés where it doesn’t assault the tastebuds.
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