Escargots, foie gras, crepes and macarons are all available at The Parisian Restaurant and Wine Bar, where Tarzi Benazzouz has brought his love of French cuisine to Florida with his newly opened venture in Jupiter.
"Serving new and exciting cuisine reminiscent of Paris is a dream come true for me," Benazzouz, a native of Paris, said. "The authentic decor and music allow people to escape for a few hours."
Born into a family of culinary professionals, Benazzouz has transported his native city’s ambience and flair to the authentic “brasserie” with classic black and white tile flooring, mirrored surfaces reflecting myriad bottles of wine, and a custom-made wooden bar, which opened Dec. 8.
Lunch selections are designed with all customer types in mind, from the business community as well as families. The café offers outdoor dining in its own enclosed courtyard, with lunch and dinner available Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m., respectively. The café’s wine list highlights small French vintners, along with a few California wines from Steele Winery.
Benazzouz’s father was a chef, while his uncle, also a restaurateur, once served as chef to the Spanish Prime Minister.
“We want people to get away for just a few hours and pretend they're in Paris," Susan Nefzger, a public relations professional and Benazzouz’ wife, told Juniper Magazine. "The ambiance and the music, the food and the wine, makes it a completely Parisian experience."