Pittsburgh's Best: Paris 66 Bistro

Hey Rose Colored readers :) Happy Best of the Burgh party day !!! I'm sharing with you today an interview from my personal favorite Best of the Burgh 2017 winner, Paris 66 Bistro!

If you follow along at RCC Weddings you may have caught a glimpse of the incredibly dreamy wedding I just photographed in France (blog post of the whole wedding to come soon). The reason I was offered the opportunity to photograph this wedding was because of these two incredible humans, Renaud and Marie-Lise. I met the two of them about 4 years ago at a little French Bistro in Shadyside, Paris 66. They had just arrived in Pittsburgh to co-manage the restaurant and I was just looking for a college job. Through working together, we formed a friendship and I grew an immense appreciation for French culture.

 I was thrilled to be asked to spotlight a winner to highlight this years Pittsburgh Magazine Best of the Burgh event happening tomorrow evening 7-9:30pm at Stage AE. 

Naturally with my history at Paris 66 Bistro I felt it was a perfect fit for me have the team share a bit about their authentic French cuisine and atmosphere. Honestly, with every aspect of the restaurant being a truly French experience it is no surprise they are the running title of Best French Restaurant by Pittsburgh Magazine for 7 consecutive years. 

As someone who worked at Paris 66 for almost two years and still goes to enjoy the food and experience, I promise you first hand it is genuinely like stepping out of Pittsburgh and into a little spot in France. They take the time to slow down during the service and meal, the open kitchen perfumes the air with butter and garlic, the french accents are straight out of France and starting with the baguette and ending with apple tarte, the experience is authentic and delicious.  

From left: Renaud, Marie-Lise, Chef Larry

From left: Renaud, Marie-Lise, Chef Larry

“We are thankful that the Pittsburgh welcomes Paris 66 and us. I love when our patrons share their traveling experiences with us in France and we are able to bring that same French experience to them in Pittsburgh. We are proud of this, it seems like we are doing a good job for Pittsburgh Magazine to give us this award and hopefully we can keep this for many more years. We love to be here!” -Marie-Lise

Mrs. & Mr. Rongier, Image courtesy of Paris 66

Mrs. & Mr. Rongier, Image courtesy of Paris 66

Owners Fred and Lori Rongier are proud to be a part of the Pittsburgh restaurant industry but especially to be voted as the best French Restaurant within the industry. He boasts much of his success comes from the authenticity of their restaurant and his incredible staff.

“It comes from my heart. Our objective is to do something authentic. I wanted to bring the best from France to Pittsburgh. It’s not just about the food, it’s also about the experience, we want our patrons to travel without paying airfare. Music, food, smell, french service, the experience we provide is the same as in France. French cuisine is hot right now, we love to have more competition in Pittsburgh and we are thankful to our patrons for choosing us as the best.” - Mr. Rongier 

Escargot

Escargot

"We love to give the people of Pittsburgh the true French experience. We are knowledgable about French culture to bring the experience to Pittsburgh. We love Pittsburgh, it’s a welcoming city. We feel at home in this place and we are proud to win this award. In 2014 after one year we arrived in Pittsburgh, we changed the service and we bring a truly and authentic French service, due to that we won the best wait staff and we are proud to show our skills and our knowledge about the French culinary school and sharing this with the Pittsburghers" - Renaud

Chef Larry

Chef Larry

“I have been cooking French cuisine since I was 16. I try to do French classic cuisine, people in Pittsburgh love to experience the classic French dishes when they come here. I like Pittsburgh because I love the seasons. I love to take inspiration from the seasons and put them in my French dishes. I am happy for the 7 years that we have won the best French restaurant in Pittsburgh I am proud to have been here for 5 of the 7. We have a wonderful team to work with now, the American dream team in the French restaurant.” - Chef Larry

As a seasonal lover myself, Chef Larry's seasonal soups are one of my favorite foods and you literally can taste each season in them. Highly recommend! 

See you at the Best of the Burgh party tonight!

xo Sarah

Sarah Collins