Tonight, Paris is going to be even more of a food-lover's destination than usual: Los Angeles chef Evan Funke, of the beloved but now closed Bucato, is previewing the menu for his forthcoming restaurant Felix in a pop-up at Paris's hip Ellsworth restaurant. Over the past few days, he’s been busy forming tortelloni and cooking down duck ragu in preparation for the big occasion.
“I’m most excited to see if the way I make pasta is well received by the locals here,” Funke says.
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He’s bringing out the big guns, like a near-extinct organic Sicilian black wheat for pasta and pristine Brittany scallops to drape over rice, for his big Italian feast. After connecting through Instagram with Braden Perkins, the chef behind Ellsworth and its older sibling Verjus, Funke thought of popping in Paris as a “no brainer” after a two-week rendezvous to Italy earlier this year.