There is a restaurant in the 8th arrondissement in Paris, Noto, that I always wanted to tell you about. Haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but I really want to go, as I recently visited the small town of the same name, in Sicily, a polished city with beautiful palaces.
The restaurant takes its inspiration from Noto’s surroundings: orchards planted with citrus, olive and almond trees, and other Sicilian Table roots: “the fusion with the Greek, Latin and Arab-Andalusian culinary cultures.”
“In tribute to a cuisine of the sun, contrasts, tastes and flavors of Sicily and Italy, with its inspirations as colorful as tasty, Noto is an invitation to discover the South, to share, to travel, to savor.”
The architect Laura Gonzalez and project initiator Benjamin Patou have crossed their inspirations and imaginations to create Noto: from images of Visconti’s famous “Cheetah” to the New York Ciprani chic, they have preserved the Art-Deco vibe of the Salle Pleyel. The interiors are mostly made of marble but also brilliant walnut, brass and noble fabrics: an eclecticism integrating elements with “classical” elegance without preventing some fanciful details in a nod to the late Baroque who dresses the facades and balconies of Old Noto’s palaces. Thick carpet with Moorish lines, papillae and prints evoking a landscape of the Levant, Laura Gonzalez, as usual, does not enclose in any style and signs this new place with personality. (from Moma & Noto)
252 bis rue du Faubourg St Honoré
75008 Paris – Service Voiturier
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, lunch and dinner from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 20:00 to 23:30.
Saturday from 20:00 to 23:30.
Closed on Sunday.