Don Giovanni

The opening night program at the recent opening of FILMING THE CAMPS at Paris’ Memorial to Le Shoah showcased the American filmmakers John FORD, George STEVENS and Sam FULLER. They arrived in the concentration camps with American troops and recorded the unimaginable so that in Eisenhower’s words: “100 years from know some son of a bitch won’t be able to claim this never happened.”

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The opening night program at the recent opening of FILMING THE CAMPS at Paris’ Memorial to Le Shoah showcased the American filmmakers John FORD, George STEVENS and Sam FULLER. They arrived in the concentration camps with American troops and recorded the unimaginable so that in Eisenhower’s words: “100 years from know some son of a bitch won’t be able to claim this never happened.”

Afterwards, led by Baron Eric Rothschild, whose family underwrote the construction and endowment of the Memorial, we walked a few blocks to Don Giovanni for a dinner with notables including Christa FULLER, Sam’s widow. As I mounted the stairs to the private dining room I was greeted by a face from my San Francisco past: Marco, one of the co-owners had worked at the North Beach Café and the Steps of Rome. The food was carefully prepared, fresh and quite good and was adequate encouragement for a follow-up visit.

I invited Susan R, my graphic designer in gratitude for her work. We were barely seated when Enrico from Roma placed two glasses of prosecco di Valdobbiadene before us. We shared a plate of coppa and a salad of roquette with sliced artichoke and thin slices of parmesana over which a rich olive oil was drizzled.

Next up we tested the butcher and found him to be excellent. SR had the escalopes de veau aux champignons, thin slices slightly braised and finished in a reduction of the mushrooms. I had a super tender mignon de boeuf –melt in the mouth with a gorgonzola sauce. Marco selected an Italian red-Aglianca Torredora 2007.

Desert for S was a mousse au chocolat blanc and for me three little balls of vanilla ice cream with girottes (bitter cherries.) Over coffee and grappa we met our neighbor, the conductor of the Radio France orchestra.

I had been coveting his heaping bowl  of spaghetti alle vongole so I’ll be back soon.

Don Giovanni
19 rue François Miron
M: Saint Paul

Tel: 01-4887-0102

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