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Inside Paris’s New Fine Dining Haunt for People of Influence

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Langosteria Paris located on the 7th floor of Cheval Blanc

Atop the just opened ultra-luxury Cheval Blanc hotel anchored on the Right Bank of the River Seine is a bustling new culinary experience. Founded by Enrico Buonocore and already an institution in Italy, Langosteria—Italian for langoustine—is as its name proposes, a fine dining experience dedicated to fish and seafood. The island of Sicily takes pride of place on the menu, which lists Sicilian red shrimps, langoustines, and king prawns to open the palate. Move on to linguini with blue lobster or gnocchetti with Sicilian red shrimps, yellow datterini tomatoes and basil for a primo piatto and roasted octopus with potato cream and paprika for the secondo and a side of zucchini a la scapece to warm the plate. Waft your sophistication by forgoing tiramisu for dessert in favor of a creamy millefoglie or a plate of figs. Apart from the food and its rich list of beverages that offer salty and ebullient tastes from Mount Etna, the draw of Langosteria is its atmosphere. Behold a Paris restaurant where refined guests dine with old-world elegance, eyes locked in animated discussion and phones off the tables. The wood-lined salons, surrounded by a wraparound terrace offering views of zinc rooftops, the Seine, and the Eiffel Tower, are actual secondos to the main characters, the clients sitting down to a hearty but by no means heavy meal. Here, the men are tall and distinguished, in suit jackets and crisp white shirts, no ties; and women swish past dressed in silk prints, velvet jackets, and pointy stilettos. It is a place where a patriarch will bring his strapping boys to discuss a first sailboat race, where CEOs of competing luxury houses will share a laugh, and where games of musical chairs will ensue as one guest will recognize another at opposite ends of the room, smiling wide at the delight of an unforeseen reunion. Here dine Paris’s people of influence, and not an influencer in sight.

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