Great Italian food: to absolutely try!
Today I had the pleasure to discover a newly opened Italian restaurant in Paris that has a whole gluten free menu: La Buca
La Buca is located in the heart of Saint-Germain des Près neighbourhood and it is specialised in recipes and dishes from Le Puglie, a beautiful region in the South of Italy.
I love Le Puglie: the blue of the sea, the sun that shines almost all year long, the olive trees that are more than 100 years old, the richness of its culture, all of that and much more make this land vibrant and colourful, generous and unique.
Now we can taste a piece of it in Paris, in all the dishes that are prepared everyday by Massimiliano, co-founder of La Buca along with his wife Joulia, and Giuseppe, the chef. The main products at the restaurant come from Le Puglie: from the famous Divella pasta to the renown burrata cheese and the extra virgin olive oil. The idea is to propose food that is fresh, not cooked in advance, so for example fish and meat vary on the menu according to what Massimiliano finds at the market that day.
Massimiliano tells me that it’s his wife Joulia who is gluten intolerant and she has initiated him to gluten free foods, to choose different ingredients and try new recipes.
Even if at La Buca the kitchen is one, meaning that food “with gluten” is cooked also, Massimiliano knows the risks of cross-contamination very well: all gluten free foods are cooked apart, using different pans, pots and spoons.
I chose to start with an antipasti made of a “terrine” of marinated zucchini and tomatoes. Delicate and tasty.
After Massimiliano suggested I had the “carpaccio pugliese” made of a velvety tomato sauce with eggplants, “stracciatella” cheese, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. I did like it: all the ingredients were combined beautifully together and I took a pleasure at every bite.