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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, through May 28.

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Restaurants - Non french

 

Osteria Ferrara

Sicilian Goodness
On the Plate

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Osteria Ferrara’s dining room.

I’ve been waiting a long time for Sicilian chef Fabrizio Ferrara, who made his name in Paris with the minuscule Caffè dei Cioppi, to open the new restaurant he promised when he launched the deli and lunch spot La Dispensa in the 10th arrondissement last year. Ça y est. I ate at the new Osteria Ferrara the other night and was overjoyed on all counts.

Ferrara, in keeping with modern eating habits, has wisely dispensed with the usual Italian menu formula of antipasto, primo piatto (pasta or risotto) and secondo piatto (meat or fish), with perhaps a dish of vegetables on the side or a salad afterward. Few people are inclined to eat that way today. Instead he offers several interesting first courses and main courses that include pasta, meat and fish choices, leaving it up to the diner to decide.

Our meal started out beautifully with, for me, chicken livers cooked to tender pink perfection, in a salad of baby spinach with toasted

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almonds, topped with waffle potato chips. My friend Mary had a delightful salad of fior di latte (cow’s milk) mozzarella, cucuzza (a Sicilian squash) and vinaigrette made with anchovies and lemon. Fresh mint added a

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surprising touch of brightness to this satisfying and refreshing starter.

Then came the dish to die for: my risotto (made with sun-dried Vialone Nano rice, according to the menu) with sublime Italian

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sausage, rosemary and Verdelli lemons (grown according to a special method in Sicily). This rich, complex dish had us both sighing with pleasure. If you order it, allow for a longish wait, as any risotto worth its name cannot be pre-cooked. The al dente grains of rice were proof that someone in the kitchen had made it up fresh.

Mary had the fettucce (similar to fettuccini but wider) made with Sicilian wheat and served in a tomato sauce with Sicilian shrimp (in case

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you hadn’t noticed, the chef takes great pride in using the products of his native island). It, too, was delicious and perfectly cooked, but she was still jealous of my risotto.

When our desserts arrived, Mary was a little disappointed by her cake made with organic 71-percent chocolate, with rum and oranges. I

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thought it was fantastic. For my part, I was a bit disappointed by my sbrisolone (a dry almond cookie) served with mascarpone

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cream. She thought it was fabulous. So we did the obvious and swapped, to our mutual satisfaction.

The best Italian food is wonderful because of the quality of the ingredients, and Ferrara certainly cannot be faulted on that count. Or on any other, except maybe presentation. The risotto and desserts did not look very attractive on the plate, but who cares when they taste this good and come in generous servings at reasonable prices.

By the way, La Dispensa still exists but is owned by someone else. And Ferrara now owns the Pizzeria dei Cioppi, named after his first restaurant and located near the new one so he can keep an eye on it. I can’t wait to try his pizza, which will, I presume, have a touch of Sicilian pizzazz.

Heidi Ellison

Osteria Ferrara: 7, rue du Dahomey Paris 75011. Métro: Faidherbe Chaligny. Tel.: 01 43 71 67 69. Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner. Closed Saturday-Sunday. A la carte: around €40.

Pizzeria dei Cioppi: 44, rue Trousseau, 75011 Paris. Métro: Ledru Rollin. Tel.: 09 84 48 14 58. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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