“The fine arts are five in number, namely: painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and architecture, the principal branch of the latter being pastry.”
This quote has been told by Marie Antoine Carême, one of the founders of French cuisine and named as the “king of the chefs.” As you might expect, it is not seen as a valuable effort to prepare only sweet foods in the country of a person who says this word; cooking is considered an art in itself. As precious as the world-famous French cuisine and even the only food empire worth to compete with it can, of course, be Italian cuisine!
French and Italian cuisines, which have kept their privileged place among the world cuisines since the early times, are also taking serious consideration in our country. There are many restaurants in Turkey as representatives of these great kitchens. In this article, we’ve included restaurants in Turkey as the representatives of French and Italian cuisine. Here are the most ambitious French and Italian restaurants!
PAUL, the representative of French cuisine from pastry products to homemade dishes, serves French cuisine lovers with its 452 branches in 23 different countries. This exceptional restaurant, first joined the sector as a family business, is now run by the 5th generation and its subsidiaries in Istanbul are the frequented places of French cuisine lovers! The menu includes fresh and natural products prepared by master chefs. Some of the delicacies you can find in PAUL’s menu are: Breakfast menu consisting of omelettes and sandwiches; viennoiserie varieties such as chocolate bread and croissants; varieties of salad, quiche and gratin; a sumptuous lunch and dinner menu composed of main dishes; varieties of pie, pie, macaron, cake and pastry; Salon de Thé (Tea time) menu…
Address: PAUL- BUYAKA AVM (Fatih Sultan Mehmet District, Balkan St. No:56, 34770 Ümraniye/ İstanbul)
La Maison, a stylish and romantic place decoration; A full French restaurant with unique French dishes! The menu of this exceptional restaurant, which has branches in different regions of Istanbul, consists of delicious French flavors. Specialties of the menu include French village-style octopus salad, hot oysters with wine and cream sauce, champagne seabass, steak with Roquefort sauce, duck with apples; unique desserts such as parfait with raspberry sauce, chocolate soufflé. Not to mention the extensive wine menu!
Address: Yıldız Mah. Müvezzi St. No:43, Çırağan, (Inside La Maison Hotel) Beşiktaş/ İstanbul
Agatha, the main restaurant of Pera Palace Hotel, one of the historical hotels of Istanbul, brings together the guests with the most special harmony of the tastes of French and Italian cuisine in the food and beverage area. The journey of the food culture from past to present has reached a different dimension in Pera Palace Hotel and maintains the value it has kept for years.
Patisserie De Pera is located in Pera Palace Hotel and hosts the most beautiful coffee breaks. The croissants and macarons from the kitchen of Patisserie De Pera will take you to the beautiful streets and cafes of Paris!
Address: (Pera Palace Hotel) Meşrutiyet Street No: 52, 34430 Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu/ Istanbul
Rotisserie Noir is one of the representatives of French cuisine in Istanbul. The meat in the place is cooked in the Rotisserie-style with the handmade machine used since the 1800s in France. Besides the meat, you have the choice of baked vegetables, mashed potatoes, and spinach. The bruschetta with goat cheese, onion soup is a must-try.
Adres: Bostancı Mh., Bağdat St No:460, Kadıköy/ İstanbul
Eataly is an Italian neighborhood with flavor streets. Within this pleasant neighborhood, 12 restaurants are serving from different cuisines. You need to eat in a particular place depending on what kind of Italian food you desire to eat (To eat pizza, you need to go to a pizza restaurant. to eat pasta, you need to go to a pasta restaurant.) There is also a grocery store full of meat, delicatessen, cheese and wine for those who like to eat and cook. Eataly fully deserves its position as the representative of Italian cuisine in Istanbul with all these features!
Address: Zorlu Center, Levazım Mahallesi, Koru Street No:2, 34340 Beşiktaş/ İstanbul
Opened next to Soho House in Istanbul after London, Miami, and Hollywood, Cecconi’s is a Mediterranean with olive trees in its garden and vines wrapped in wooden columns. The restaurant has a simple menu, including pizzas, pasta, salads, vegetables, Italian dishes such as meat, fish, and chicken cooked in coal and wood ovens.
Adres: Evliya Çelebi Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet St. No:56, 34430 Beyoğlu/ İstanbul
Opened in 1993 in a two-storey villa in Etiler, Da Mario is one of the most challenging Italian restaurants. The menu includes unique Italian delicacies such as wood-baked pizza bread, homemade pasta, meat, and fish dishes. Besides all of this, Da Mario has a very delicious dessert menu. Also, the menu is refreshed every season according to seasonal materials.
Adres: Etiler Mahallesi, Dilhayat St. No:7, 34337 Beşiktaş/ İstanbul