Posted by: debrakolkka | October 29, 2010

Paris Boheme – in Lucca

One of our visitors discovered a new bistrot/bar in Lucca and happily passed on her find to us.  Paris Boheme is in the little piazza off Via San Paolino where the statue of Puccini stands – or rather sits.  I don’t know what drew Sandra to it, perhaps it was the beautiful music that fills the Piazza.

Puccini watching over Paris Boheme

The food is great, inexpensive and well presented, but the best asset is the 2 boys who run the place, Luis and David.  David is the charming, quiet one who operates the bar and Luis is delightfully flamboyant.  He was a dancer, and it shows!  I would love to see him perform, although, he gives a pretty good performance in the restaurant.

 

Luis and David

I don’t think I need to tell you which one is Luis.

He dances around the tiny space with his tray, sits at the table with you and is wonderfully entertaining.  One couple we sent there were admonished loudly and theatrically when they put parmesan cheese on their salmon pasta –  a major crime and they clearly deserved to be told so.

We ordered erotic salad – how could you not?  I’m not sure how erotic it was, but it was delicious.

erotic salad

tagliatelli con porcini and ravioli Lucchese

You can go just for coffee (or tea, they have a large selection) and cake, a great sandwich or a drink before the theatre – any time really.  They open at midday and are closed on Tuesdays.  Put it on your list of “must do” things in Lucca.  I intend becoming a regular – in fact, I think I aready am.  There ia a small indoor dining area, but Luis assures me there will be heaters outside for the winter.  I will be back in February.

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Paris Boheme at night


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  1. Oooooohhhhhh this blog entry has made me very homesick for my favourite boys in Lucca …. please give them a great BIG hug from me, and let them know I recommended another tour business; Catherine Stanley to take her guests there also as she does 10 day tours in Italy and stays in Lucca for a couple of nights. love the photos Deb 🙂
    Sandra

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  2. Thanks for the tip Deb. Next time this is on our list of things to do.

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  3. Love the look of this place, and the erotic salad!

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  4. Now your seriously teasing me Deb with your amazing Lucca, I love reading about your life there, but this place has tipped me over the edge. I must visit this place, these guys sound wonderful & I bet the food is to die for. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Oh Deb so beautiful , and yes so worth the visit the food was a tastebud sensation and still trying to replicate the erotic salad and find out it’s effect, spinning around with a tray might help xx Linda

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    • Hi Linda,
      I can see you spinning with a tray! Luis said to say hello to you and Sandra before we left.

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  6. Our daughter Elspeth has just been chosen for the Masterchef Top 50…perhaps they can give her some lessons? !!

    But seriously, are there any proper cooking schools in the area?

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    • There are lots of cooking lessons available in the area, but it can’t hurt to go to watch Luis and David in action.

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  7. Oh My God what a wonderful food!!! I am taking the first plane to Lucca! lol lol
    There is nothing I love more in the world than fresh pasta!
    Thanks Debra for sharing the pictures!
    Mirella

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  8. Deb-I’m so excited to see this recommendation and will definitely take my group here!

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  9. thankyou very very much, grazie mille per tutte le bellissime parole che dite su di noi, siamo molto fieri di avere dei guest persons al nostro bistrot come voi e cercheremo sempre di dare del nostro meglio e farvi divertire .
    mille baci a tutti quelli del blog . big big kisses to Linda , Sandra, Debora e la figlia
    buon natale end happy new year……….
    we are closed in febrery paris boheme come back in march.

    ci vedremo presto ciaooooooooooooooooooo erotic end dance

    grazie sandra ci hai fatto un blog bellissimo. LUIS E DAVID

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  10. […] love our newly discovered Paris Boheme in Lucca.  Luis and David are waiting for […]

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  11. hello, debra, grazie mille, per tutto, io e david volevamo farti gli auguri per un 2011 pieno d’amore e erotic salad 🙂 ABBIAMODELLE FOTO BELLISSIMR DEL PARIS BOHEME SOTTO LA NEVE SPERO POTERTELE DARE ? MA NON SO COME. noi stiamo benissimo, e volevamo dirti che chiudiamo il 18 gennaio e riapriamo con tante novita’ il10 febbraio per passare una stagione fantastica piena di eventi e danza , questo anno ballero’ anche io in uno dei miei eventi. ciao mille baci debra e a tutti quelli del blog. ciaooooooooo kisses kisses luis end david paris boheme

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  12. hello, debra, grazie mille, per tutto, io e david volevamo farti gli auguri per un 2011 pieno d’amore e erotic salad 🙂 ABBIAMODELLE FOTO BELLISSIMR DEL PARIS BOHEME SOTTO LA NEVE SPERO POTERTELE DARE ? MA NON SO COME. noi stiamo benissimo, e volevamo dirti che chiudiamo il 18 gennaio e riapriamo con tante novita’ il10 febbraio per passare una stagione fantastica piena di eventi e danza , questo anno ballero’ anche io in uno dei miei eventi. ciao mille baci debra e a tutti quelli del blog. ciaooooooooo kisses kisses luis end david paris boheme

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  13. Ciao Luis and Davide, I will be back in Bagni di Lucca in February and I will be in as soon as you are open. We will work out a way of getting the photo under snow onto the blog. Tanti Auguri. Deb

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  14. […] various locations around the town. Click here for more information on performances. Puccini Click here to see a great restaurant beside Puccini’s statue. Lucca has lots to offer.  There is an […]

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  15. […] was at Paris Boheme in Puccini’s piazza, one of my favourite restaurants in Lucca, when I heard a woman in a […]

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  16. Looks great. Love it. Love the salad. Love the boys. Would like very much to go…like, now.

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    • It really is great. I try to go whenever I am in Lucca. David and Luis are wonderful.

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  17. have just returned to the States after 3 weeks in Lucca. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Luis and David and Paris Boheme. The erotica salad is great!! Tell Luis and David “hello” from Laurel, Katie, John and Fran, We wish them many successful years.

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  18. coucou du Jura,
    je suis ravie de vous avoir rencontré et vous remercie de votre gentillesse avec ma fille Florence expatriée à LUCCA . bravo pour le cappuccino

    bisous à tous les 2

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  19. […] leave Lucca without calling in to see Luis and David at Paris Boheme. Click here to find out more about lovely Luis and […]

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  20. Just returned from our “annual” visit to Lucca and of course Paris Boheme where we ate 5 times last year and as many times this year.Luis and David are devine and so is their food which is inexpensive, fresh and beautifully presented.Both Luis and David are currently residing (pictorially),in bathing boxes at the entrance to the restaurant,David in an angelic pose and Luis-well,being Luis, in the other.Luis said “David for the confessions” Luis for the Erotica”.New beer this year “Midona”,presented only as Luis can and ranging in strengths up to 9%-another delight.Lucca is our absolutely favourite little Italian town with fabulous shopping,great restaurants,opera every night and lovely,friendly people-give yourself a treat and visit,but stay in accommodation within the walls and get the total atmosphere of bicycles and locals walking the streets slowly every night starting about 5pm-bellissimo.And of course Paris Boheme!!
    Len and Vivien,Melbourne Australia

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    • Hi Len and Vivien, Our place is in Bagni di Lucca and I spend 5 – 6 months a year there. We love Lucca and the boys at Paris Boheme. I will be back in October for a couple of months and will be visiting the boys.

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  21. […] can’t miss it if you are in Lucca. Take a look and then scoot off to the nearby Paris Boheme for lunch or […]

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  22. I so want to travel there. Lucca is wonderful, I see. Do you know how difficult it is to travel having to use oxygen? Can accomodations be made?
    I read the blog daily. Have a good friend who was born there. She and family return usually twice a year.

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    • I don’t know that, but the Italian medical system is very good and I am sure you could be taken care of. Thank you for following the blog. I hope you continue to find things of interest.

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  23. tagliatelli con porcini and ravioli Lucchese
    mmmmm how good does this food look !!!
    my mouth waters just to look .
    Fab Blog – love it !
    anthony dower 🙂

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    • You will have to visit and we can go to Paris Boheme for lunch.

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  24. […] here and here to see more on Paris […]

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