proprietress Daniele Crandall was born Daniele Sueur in Marconne in the
Pas de Calais region of northern France. She grew up working in family
restaurants (L` Imprevu and Hotel des Arcades in Campagne les Hesdin)
where she honed her culinary and business skills. After marrying Jules
Sharfman, she moved to the United States in 1964.
She worked as a French Language
instructor for several years before opening La Petite France on
Valentine's Day in 1984.
restaurant is a family enterprise with all members participating in some
aspect of the business.
La Petite France is proud to announce the receipt of AAA’s “3 Diamond” rating for
2006. To read the full article in AAA's Journeys Magazine,
La Petite France is proud to announce the receipt of AAA’s “3 Diamond” rating for 2004/2005.
as one of the nation's best restaurants, "an undiscovered gem." Rated Excellent by the Zagat Survey for 3 consecutive years!
and a half stars," The Cincinnati Enquirer in 1994. Awarded Best Salad And Dessert at Taste of Cincinnati 2003. Daniele
Received Award of Excellence in Best of Taste Competition, Cincinnati,
2002. Best Appetizers Taste of Blue Ash 2002. Published in the book
Restaurant Secrets collection series, 1999 edition and more.
with Less Fuss” by Polly Campbell, Cincinnati Enquirer October 11, 2002.
“La Petite France
which has been serving French food in Evendale for 18 years is downplaying
the fancy French image with a new look, though its still an upscale
restaurant. There’s a new
menu that de-emphasizes haute
cuisine classics a little bit and adds new, more modern dishes. I find it a more appealing restaurant than I did 5 or 6 years ago;
remodeling was well done and the food is lighter and more interesting.”
Petite France Serves Up a Major Victory in French Cuisine” by Chuck
Martin, Cincinnati Enquirer, July
“When a Paris mob
stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789, it marked more than just the
beginning of the French revolution. As
the aristocratic employers lost influence (and in some cases their heads),
the great chefs of France hit the streets to open restaurants and serve
the common folk. Soon,
the world fell in love with classical French cuisine, and eating hasn’t
been the same since.
Petite France is a wonderful place to celebrate Bastille Day and the
launch of this culinary revolution more than 200 years ago.
French is spoken freely- by the laughing customers, and by the
owner and managers-which adds to the restaurant’s authentic feel .
wait staff is professional but not pretentious, appearing to remove plates
and replenish bread at just the right times.
Wine and menu prices are also reasonable. But best of all, the food is carefully prepared,
using fresh, quality ingredients. That
is perhaps the mark of true French cooking above other cuisines; whether
it’s a complex sauce or a simple vegetable sauté, good French cooks use
the best seasonal products available.”