What’s in a name? In this case, an amalgam of French and Italian words for “corner bistro” and “wine,” which pretty much sums things up. This tiny place—which sits on the corner of two covered alleyways in the lovely Passage des Panoramas—has a generous and excellent selection of wines. While much of the menu is top-quality nibbles to enjoy while you savor your wine, like oysters, plates of smoked ham, pâté, and cheese, there are also a few plats du jour (daily specials) like grilled sea bass and steak with mushrooms. In season, the oysters come from Utah Beach, of Normandy Landings fame. Recently, a pizza chef was imported from Italy, and you can sample his excellent wares with your glass of vino.
- Margie Rynn