Didn’t make it down to Sardinia this summer? Well, no need. Sardinian chef Simone Tondo is finally back in the kitchen, this time as the proud chef-owner of his debut culinary concept, the eponymously named Tondo, a neo-bistro near the Aligre Market in Paris’ 12th arrondissement.
Taking over the classic location previously home to neighbourhood Italian institution La Gazzetta – where Tondo once worked – the restaurant doffs its cap to the past without being constrained by tradition. While Tondo was taught to cook by his grandmothers, and his impressive resumé spans Parisian eateries Rino and Roseval, his own debut focuses on modern and meticulously selected local produce.
Lunch references the old La Gazzetta menu, featuring three small smarters and a main. Come evening, a six-course tasting menu segues from amuses bouches to four mains and desserts (think gnocchi with sage and red prawns; pigeon with spinach, miso and aubergine; and peach soup). Bread is baked on-site, along with the buttery pastries.
Both lunch and dinner sets are an absolute steal and shine a light on natural ingredients, while sommelier Jos Kjer offers excellent natural Euro wines to pair. The bar is open to walk-ins only, offering both the complete menu and à la carte nightly options, charcuterie and simple cocktails.
Franco-Argentine architect and partner Marcelo Joulia kept the spirit of the beautiful interiors, while injecting contemporary colour, from mint-green walls to deep-blue velvet banquettes, elegant lighting and eye-catching art. Go in clement weather when the doors to the terrace open!
Tondo / 29 rue de Cotte, 12th / +33 1 43 47 47 05 / lunch Thu-Sat, dinner Tue-Sat / tondo-paris.com