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Football on the menu

We soak up the atmosphere at the Parisian trattoria co-owned by Italian midfielder Marco Verratti

WORDS Chris Burke

Can a good meal change the course of football history? The game has long had a rich appetite for stats, tactics and slo-mo replays, but sometimes the fates are decided elsewhere: in the hidden stories, the private moments when moods shift and bonds are forged. In other words, at restaurants such as Giusé.

It was here, on the opulent Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where many believe Paris Saint-Germain launched their run to the 2020 Champions League final. Beaten by Dortmund in their round of 16 opener, the Paris players closed ranks at the trattoria co-owned by Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. They emerged united, focused, determined. And, if our own experience is anything to go by, extremely well fed.

Giusé does not milk its Verratti connection – and nor does it need to. Chic yet family friendly, this outpost of Cucina Italiana makes a play for the senses on its own terms, with its warm red fabrics and elegant mirrors particularly enticing. The decor is comforting and refined; these themes also play out on the plate.

The food itself ticks all the best boxes, combining fine-dining excellence with the generosity of a family feast. Fried calamari? Delicious and copious. Aubergine parmesan? Same and same. And those are just for starters. To follow, the fettucine with onion confit, butter sauce, truffles and parmesan comes served in a heavy metal pan, a nod to home cooking augmented by the creamy tastes within.  

Familiar classics and creative innovations: Giusé has them up and down the menu, including a layered mousse gianduiotto that turns nearby heads. The sprawling wine list is another success, while the staff add a pleasing personal touch with table-side flourishes of preparation. Stay late and a house DJ switches up the ambience. But whenever you visit, Giusé will leave you with a full stomach and positive thoughts.

Cut above

The release of the final ball is always a highlight of the knockout stage, and Istanbul 2023 has not disappointed.

The UCL Finale Istanbul Pro Ball – to give it its official title – is a thing of beauty, with its patterned motif giving a flavour of the host city as it looms into view.

The dark blue, we are told, echoes the colours of the 2005 Finale ball when Istanbul last played host – and what a game that was.

Oh, and worth mentioning too: one per cent net of all adidas balls sold will be donated to Common Goal, to help drive social change and support grassroots football worldwide.

Score.

Can a good meal change the course of football history? The game has long had a rich appetite for stats, tactics and slo-mo replays, but sometimes the fates are decided elsewhere: in the hidden stories, the private moments when moods shift and bonds are forged. In other words, at restaurants such as Giusé.

It was here, on the opulent Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where many believe Paris Saint-Germain launched their run to the 2020 Champions League final. Beaten by Dortmund in their round of 16 opener, the Paris players closed ranks at the trattoria co-owned by Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. They emerged united, focused, determined. And, if our own experience is anything to go by, extremely well fed.

Giusé does not milk its Verratti connection – and nor does it need to. Chic yet family friendly, this outpost of Cucina Italiana makes a play for the senses on its own terms, with its warm red fabrics and elegant mirrors particularly enticing. The decor is comforting and refined; these themes also play out on the plate.

The food itself ticks all the best boxes, combining fine-dining excellence with the generosity of a family feast. Fried calamari? Delicious and copious. Aubergine parmesan? Same and same. And those are just for starters. To follow, the fettucine with onion confit, butter sauce, truffles and parmesan comes served in a heavy metal pan, a nod to home cooking augmented by the creamy tastes within.  

Familiar classics and creative innovations: Giusé has them up and down the menu, including a layered mousse gianduiotto that turns nearby heads. The sprawling wine list is another success, while the staff add a pleasing personal touch with table-side flourishes of preparation. Stay late and a house DJ switches up the ambience. But whenever you visit, Giusé will leave you with a full stomach and positive thoughts.

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Giusé does not milk its Verratti connection – and nor does it need to. Chic yet family friendly, this outpost of Cucina Italiana makes a play for the senses on its own terms, with its warm red fabrics and elegant mirrors particularly enticing. The decor is comforting and refined; these themes also play out on the plate.

The food itself ticks all the best boxes, combining fine-dining excellence with the generosity of a family feast. Fried calamari? Delicious and copious. Aubergine parmesan? Same and same. And those are just for starters. To follow, the fettucine with onion confit, butter sauce, truffles and parmesan comes served in a heavy metal pan, a nod to home cooking augmented by the creamy tastes within.  

Familiar classics and creative innovations: Giusé has them up and down the menu, including a layered mousse gianduiotto that turns nearby heads. The sprawling wine list is another success, while the staff add a pleasing personal touch with table-side flourishes of preparation. Stay late and a house DJ switches up the ambience. But whenever you visit, Giusé will leave you with a full stomach and positive thoughts.

Cut above

The release of the final ball is always a highlight of the knockout stage, and Istanbul 2023 has not disappointed.

The UCL Finale Istanbul Pro Ball – to give it its official title – is a thing of beauty, with its patterned motif giving a flavour of the host city as it looms into view.

The dark blue, we are told, echoes the colours of the 2005 Finale ball when Istanbul last played host – and what a game that was.

Oh, and worth mentioning too: one per cent net of all adidas balls sold will be donated to Common Goal, to help drive social change and support grassroots football worldwide.

Score.

Can a good meal change the course of football history? The game has long had a rich appetite for stats, tactics and slo-mo replays, but sometimes the fates are decided elsewhere: in the hidden stories, the private moments when moods shift and bonds are forged. In other words, at restaurants such as Giusé.

It was here, on the opulent Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where many believe Paris Saint-Germain launched their run to the 2020 Champions League final. Beaten by Dortmund in their round of 16 opener, the Paris players closed ranks at the trattoria co-owned by Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. They emerged united, focused, determined. And, if our own experience is anything to go by, extremely well fed.

Giusé does not milk its Verratti connection – and nor does it need to. Chic yet family friendly, this outpost of Cucina Italiana makes a play for the senses on its own terms, with its warm red fabrics and elegant mirrors particularly enticing. The decor is comforting and refined; these themes also play out on the plate.

The food itself ticks all the best boxes, combining fine-dining excellence with the generosity of a family feast. Fried calamari? Delicious and copious. Aubergine parmesan? Same and same. And those are just for starters. To follow, the fettucine with onion confit, butter sauce, truffles and parmesan comes served in a heavy metal pan, a nod to home cooking augmented by the creamy tastes within.  

Familiar classics and creative innovations: Giusé has them up and down the menu, including a layered mousse gianduiotto that turns nearby heads. The sprawling wine list is another success, while the staff add a pleasing personal touch with table-side flourishes of preparation. Stay late and a house DJ switches up the ambience. But whenever you visit, Giusé will leave you with a full stomach and positive thoughts.

Football on the menu

The release of the final ball is always a highlight of the knockout stage, and Istanbul 2023 has not disappointed.

The UCL Finale Istanbul Pro Ball – to give it its official title – is a thing of beauty, with its patterned motif giving a flavour of the host city as it looms into view.

The dark blue, we are told, echoes the colours of the 2005 Finale ball when Istanbul last played host – and what a game that was.

Oh, and worth mentioning too: one per cent net of all adidas balls sold will be donated to Common Goal, to help drive social change and support grassroots football worldwide.

Score.

Food

Football on the menu

We soak up the atmosphere at the Parisian trattoria co-owned by Italian midfielder Marco Verratti

WORDS Chris Burke

Can a good meal change the course of football history? The game has long had a rich appetite for stats, tactics and slo-mo replays, but sometimes the fates are decided elsewhere: in the hidden stories, the private moments when moods shift and bonds are forged. In other words, at restaurants such as Giusé.

It was here, on the opulent Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where many believe Paris Saint-Germain launched their run to the 2020 Champions League final. Beaten by Dortmund in their round of 16 opener, the Paris players closed ranks at the trattoria co-owned by Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. They emerged united, focused, determined. And, if our own experience is anything to go by, extremely well fed.

Giusé does not milk its Verratti connection – and nor does it need to. Chic yet family friendly, this outpost of Cucina Italiana makes a play for the senses on its own terms, with its warm red fabrics and elegant mirrors particularly enticing. The decor is comforting and refined; these themes also play out on the plate.

The food itself ticks all the best boxes, combining fine-dining excellence with the generosity of a family feast. Fried calamari? Delicious and copious. Aubergine parmesan? Same and same. And those are just for starters. To follow, the fettucine with onion confit, butter sauce, truffles and parmesan comes served in a heavy metal pan, a nod to home cooking augmented by the creamy tastes within.  

Familiar classics and creative innovations: Giusé has them up and down the menu, including a layered mousse gianduiotto that turns nearby heads. The sprawling wine list is another success, while the staff add a pleasing personal touch with table-side flourishes of preparation. Stay late and a house DJ switches up the ambience. But whenever you visit, Giusé will leave you with a full stomach and positive thoughts.

Penalty Pedigree

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Can a good meal change the course of football history? The game has long had a rich appetite for stats, tactics and slo-mo replays, but sometimes the fates are decided elsewhere: in the hidden stories, the private moments when moods shift and bonds are forged. In other words, at restaurants such as Giusé.

It was here, on the opulent Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where many believe Paris Saint-Germain launched their run to the 2020 Champions League final. Beaten by Dortmund in their round of 16 opener, the Paris players closed ranks at the trattoria co-owned by Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. They emerged united, focused, determined. And, if our own experience is anything to go by, extremely well fed.

Giusé does not milk its Verratti connection – and nor does it need to. Chic yet family friendly, this outpost of Cucina Italiana makes a play for the senses on its own terms, with its warm red fabrics and elegant mirrors particularly enticing. The decor is comforting and refined; these themes also play out on the plate.

The food itself ticks all the best boxes, combining fine-dining excellence with the generosity of a family feast. Fried calamari? Delicious and copious. Aubergine parmesan? Same and same. And those are just for starters. To follow, the fettucine with onion confit, butter sauce, truffles and parmesan comes served in a heavy metal pan, a nod to home cooking augmented by the creamy tastes within.  

Familiar classics and creative innovations: Giusé has them up and down the menu, including a layered mousse gianduiotto that turns nearby heads. The sprawling wine list is another success, while the staff add a pleasing personal touch with table-side flourishes of preparation. Stay late and a house DJ switches up the ambience. But whenever you visit, Giusé will leave you with a full stomach and positive thoughts.

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

Giusé does not milk its Verratti connection – and nor does it need to. Chic yet family friendly, this outpost of Cucina Italiana makes a play for the senses on its own terms, with its warm red fabrics and elegant mirrors particularly enticing. The decor is comforting and refined; these themes also play out on the plate.

The food itself ticks all the best boxes, combining fine-dining excellence with the generosity of a family feast. Fried calamari? Delicious and copious. Aubergine parmesan? Same and same. And those are just for starters. To follow, the fettucine with onion confit, butter sauce, truffles and parmesan comes served in a heavy metal pan, a nod to home cooking augmented by the creamy tastes within.  

Familiar classics and creative innovations: Giusé has them up and down the menu, including a layered mousse gianduiotto that turns nearby heads. The sprawling wine list is another success, while the staff add a pleasing personal touch with table-side flourishes of preparation. Stay late and a house DJ switches up the ambience. But whenever you visit, Giusé will leave you with a full stomach and positive thoughts.

Cut above

The release of the final ball is always a highlight of the knockout stage, and Istanbul 2023 has not disappointed.

The UCL Finale Istanbul Pro Ball – to give it its official title – is a thing of beauty, with its patterned motif giving a flavour of the host city as it looms into view.

The dark blue, we are told, echoes the colours of the 2005 Finale ball when Istanbul last played host – and what a game that was.

Oh, and worth mentioning too: one per cent net of all adidas balls sold will be donated to Common Goal, to help drive social change and support grassroots football worldwide.

Score.

Can a good meal change the course of football history? The game has long had a rich appetite for stats, tactics and slo-mo replays, but sometimes the fates are decided elsewhere: in the hidden stories, the private moments when moods shift and bonds are forged. In other words, at restaurants such as Giusé.

It was here, on the opulent Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where many believe Paris Saint-Germain launched their run to the 2020 Champions League final. Beaten by Dortmund in their round of 16 opener, the Paris players closed ranks at the trattoria co-owned by Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. They emerged united, focused, determined. And, if our own experience is anything to go by, extremely well fed.

Giusé does not milk its Verratti connection – and nor does it need to. Chic yet family friendly, this outpost of Cucina Italiana makes a play for the senses on its own terms, with its warm red fabrics and elegant mirrors particularly enticing. The decor is comforting and refined; these themes also play out on the plate.

The food itself ticks all the best boxes, combining fine-dining excellence with the generosity of a family feast. Fried calamari? Delicious and copious. Aubergine parmesan? Same and same. And those are just for starters. To follow, the fettucine with onion confit, butter sauce, truffles and parmesan comes served in a heavy metal pan, a nod to home cooking augmented by the creamy tastes within.  

Familiar classics and creative innovations: Giusé has them up and down the menu, including a layered mousse gianduiotto that turns nearby heads. The sprawling wine list is another success, while the staff add a pleasing personal touch with table-side flourishes of preparation. Stay late and a house DJ switches up the ambience. But whenever you visit, Giusé will leave you with a full stomach and positive thoughts.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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