La Felicità is a huge Italian food market located inside the Station F, the largest startup complex in the world in Paris, France.
Built by the Famous Team Big Mama already successful in Paris. Now located not only in France but also in England, Spain and Germany.
I have already been eating in this restaurant since it’s opening but let’s see what my wife have to say about it.
The restaurant is big, actually no, it’s huge. Going to La Felicità is more like an experience than just going out to eat. The place is absolutely lunacy when it comes to size and in interior design. Like the Station F it’s located in a renovated Halle Freyssinet, a disaffected old train station.
This huge complexe is located in the 13th district of Paris, France. Very near to the metro stations : Bibliothèque François Mitterrand or Chevaleret. This area in Paris is very modern compared to the other’s districts traditional Haussmannian Architecture.
So the building is huge in size and inside they actually have tons of space for different specialized restaurants or stands. For example, whether you eat a Pizza, a burger or pasta, you’ll have to order from a different location within the complex.
The building is extremely well decorated, there are actually old trains inside where you can sit down and order in one section, another section is a front yard with barbecue and pizza oven, another is a space for concert, a huge bar, a place for cocktails, a place for burger etc. And everything looks so original and thoughtfully crafted, even the toilet are somehow out of the box when it comes to design.
You even have some entertainment like pinball machines and other baby foot. On the first floor there’s sofa and a library for you to chill.
The main idea around all of these food stands is Italy. Like in Big Mamma, La felicità, is all about Italian food. In this place, all the products are actually imported directly from the motherland and every recipe is following the traditional ancestral process. All the food comes with self serving bread, salt, pepper and parmigiano !
La Trattoria is the place to get yourself some delicious pastas. You can have the traditional Burrata or the famous Pates aux Truffles. All the dishes will of course come all dente.
La Pizzeria is obviously the place to get some delicious and freshly baked Pizza. Their Pizza are simple a delicious. The tomato sauce, the mozarella and the wheat is is directly imported from Italy. These pizza are very good but have to be eating quickly before becoming a bit hard to chew.
The Panificio is basically an Italian Bakery, in there you’ll find everything related to bread, including Sandwiches.
The cocktail bar is obviously the place to get a mixed drink, I’ve personally only tried to cocktail there and both were decent.
The Biergarten is the place to try home brew beer from the tap. This section is new and used to be the cocktail bar. Now they are serving beer and I can’t wait to try it.
The experience of eating in La Felicità is quite special. You can feel from the first steps you take in that this project is huge and that Big Mamma is having a big success story. All of this success mixed with the ambition of The Station F to become a huge innovative center is the best recipe for something quite special.
The prices are quite controlled, you’ll pay around 40 to 60 euros for two people for a very good meal, soft drinks and a desert within an original themed complex.
The dishes are very well crafted, delicious and very generous in portion. One of my favorite dish over there is the pasta with truffles which is supposed to be a very expensive mushroom.
You can see the cooks making fresh pastas in the background and cooking them to perfection : al dente ! The sauce is very generous and you actually have large pieces of truffles. The taste is very present and strong in taste compared to other restaurants.
9 out of 10
It’s honestly hard for other restaurants to compete when it comes to quality. The group is so big and their ambition so large, that the traditional Italian restaurant cannot really compete with this type of experience especially at the price.
In La Felicità, each stand could be an original restaurant. I think there are a lot of reason to come multiple times and discover new food. For example, you can have some dancing events at night but also you can watch the wold cup games or even simply go there to work like I use to.
Of course the restaurant is slightly more pricy than the average suburban restaurant but at the same time the quality is vastly superior in my opinion.
Address : 5 Parv. Alan Turing, 75013 Paris
Website : https://www.lafelicita.fr