Pianoterra was born out of a desire “to establish a more intimate link between architecture and the city”. It was an idea that led Benoit Jallon and Umberto Napolitano, founders of the LAN agency, to create a new experience. That of the restaurant and gallery combined. Located on the ground floor of the building that houses their studio, it “decompartmentalises living spaces and disciplines” and also acts as a showcase for their architectural work. It is a place that welcomes the public into a setting shaped by LAN’s love of micro-details and relationships of scale, and is marked by an inspiring selection of cultural items on display. Books, photographs and drawings complete the setting around recipes custom-made by the chef, Rosa Vanina Pavone. To take the experience of sharing even further! But also to experience the permeability between the neighbourhood – the 11th arrondissement of Paris – the street, and their studio. The Sicilian chef, who has lived in France for twelve years, offers a single set menu each lunchtime. For her, “sharing a meal does not only mean sitting at the same table, but eating the same food”. It is made up of dishes composed according to the ingredients found during her morning trip to the local shops. She tries “to reproduce the intelligence that is the basis of Italian rural cooking: the art of doing the best with what is at hand and in season” but also to add a highly personal touch. She aims to share the Sicilian landscape of her childhood memories as well as the real world in which Pianoterra finds itself. In Paris.
Pianoterra, 49 Rue Popincourt – 75011 Paris. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12:30 to 14:00 and Wednesday to Friday from 19:30 to 22:00 (last service). Reservation by phone at +33 (0)171 609627 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Photography: Eve Campestrini – Text: Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily
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