The 13th arrondissement of Paris isn’t known for being one of the most trendiest places in Paris, but thanks to La Felicità, that could change soon. Two clever HEC graduates Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux, operating under the name “Big Mamma Group” have put in place an Italian food craze that is taking over the city of Paris.
With several restaurants under their belt, La Felicità may be their most ambitious project yet. It’s a massive restaurant nearby a tech incubator, far from the typically tourist center of Paris. In fact, it’s the largest restaurant in Europe!
Walking into La Felicità, you are immediately overwhelmed by the various bars and stations for getting food and drinks. La Felicità is somewhat of a massive food hall – more so than a restaurant, where you are seated where the host places you.
Reservations are unnecessary. Rather, guests walk in and choose from several food stations, looking at the written menus before waiting in line and ordering food. Once receiving your food, you can sit anywhere you like – cafeteria style!
I had lunch there recently with a friend during the week and the place was busy enough to feel lively – yet not overcrowded as I suspect it is on the weekends! We had to pick up our wine separately after we got our food. They have a dedicated wine and cocktail bar in another section.
So how was the food? I love Italian and this restaurant definitely satisfied me. Was it the best I’ve ever had? No, but the atmosphere more than made up for that!
5 Parvis Alan Turing
75013 Paris, France