Cailloux Italian Trattoria
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Heather Stimmler-Hall in 13th arrondissement, Dining €15-€30

Les Cailloux
58 rue des Cinq Diamants, 13th
M° Corvisart or Place d'Italie
Tel
01 45 80 15 08

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A stylish Italian trattoria at the center of the Butte-aux-Cailles, probably the first "cool" place on the butte, now becoming more gentrified as people realize how easier it is to get to the top of this hill than the one in the 18th. ;)

I've been coming here for four years and I walk the dogs past on their daily stroll, so you could say it's one of my "local" restaurants. Wooden floors, neo-retro lamps and simple pale chocolate interior, a few tables on the sidewalk in summer. But more important -- real Italian cuisine! Fresh, tasty, served by a lovely staff. I almost always get the pasta with snow peas and bacon (I can't recall the name, it's the first thing on the menu), but today I tried the saffron and pumpkin risotto with mint. Very nice! Main dishes about €15.  Italian wines by the glass from €4.50.

Same owners as L'Altro in the 6th. 

BTW, it's ALWAYS full for lunch and dinner, so be smart and reserve. Closed Sun-Mon.  

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