Paris 66, once only a creperie, is now a full-scale French bistro

March 1, 2012 10:58 am
  • At Paris 66, the Chicken Basquaise was braised in a heavenly sauce of peppers, onions, tomatoes and spicy paprika.
    At Paris 66, the Chicken Basquaise was braised in a heavenly sauce of peppers, onions, tomatoes and spicy paprika.
  • "You might start with an endive and beet salad, light and refreshing, but robustly flavored."
    "You might start with an endive and beet salad, light and refreshing, but robustly flavored."
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When Freddy and Lori Rongier opened Paris 66 in 2009, they had large aspirations but limited means. They couldn't afford much professional equipment in the small Penn Circle space, said Mr. Rongier, so chef Cesar Dubs devised a menu of crepes, salads and a few specials.

The popular restaurant grew profitable, and the Rongiers put that money right back into the business, buying a range and hood, and building a pastry kitchen into the basement, so that Paris 66, still a creperie during the day, could become a full-scale French bistro at night.


Paris 66

Food:


2 stars = Very good
Ratings explained

Service:


2 stars = Very good
Ratings explained

Atmosphere:


2 1/2 stars = Very good+
Ratings explained

Overall:


2 stars = Very good
Ratings explained

6018 Penn Circle South
East Liberty
www.paris66bistro.com
412-404-8166
  • Hours: : Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Summary: This charming, casual bistro offers well-executed classics in a lively atmosphere.
  • Recommended dishes: Beef carpaccio, endive and beet salad, chicken basquaise, carre d'agneau aux truffes, champ de mars galette, passion fruit mousse, la trocadero crepe.
  • Prices: Appetizers, $4.50-$14; salads, $9-$18; entrees, $17-$34; crepes, $14-$16; sides, $3.50-$6.50; desserts, $6.50-$12.
  • Drink: House cocktails include traditional and unexpected options ($7-$11); the all-French wine list is organized by region and includes thoughtful tasting notes. Three white wines and five red wines available by the glass starting at $9. Two sparkling and nine white wines available by the bottle, with five bottles priced at $40 or less; 20 red wines by the bottle, with nine bottles priced at $45 or less. Drink list also includes five beers plus a seasonal selection, and a couple of after-dinner options.
  • Useful information: Wheelchair accessible; complimentary valet parking Friday and Saturday nights; credit cards accepted; reservations suggested; corkage, $15.
  • Noise level: Loud to excruciating.

As the restaurant changed, so the did the staff. After Mr. Dubs' visa expired, he returned to France, and Larry Laffont took over the kitchen in early 2011. Mr. Laffont, originally from the Bordeaux region in France, had previously worked in a number of Pittsburgh restaurants, heading up the kitchen at Le Perroquet in Shadyside (now closed), as well as Dish Osteria, Mallorca and Ibiza on the South Side, before leaving the city for several years.

China Millman: 412-263-1198 or cmillman@post-gazette.com. Follow her at http://twitter.com/chinamillman.
First Published 2012-03-01 00:04:17

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