With wine glasses, white table clothes and fresh flower arrangements on the tables, La Petite Pierre is a French bistro and wine bar that takes customers from Cincinnati to the heart of France, all in one meal. 

“I grew up with great food,” says Michele Adrian, owner of La Petite Pierre. “I love to cook because it’s rewarding and relaxing.” 

Adrian’s grandfather was a chef and her father, Pierre Adrian, was the head chef of Cincinnati’s premier restaurant, the Maisonette, in 1962, earning the restaurant five stars. She and her sister spent their summers in France, learning the language and the techniques of the cuisine. After their father passed the sisters opened La Petite Pierre in August 1989. From there Adrian has taken on the responsibility of this locally owned and operated bistro with the help of Executive Chef Chris Rohde and his team. This leaves Adrian time to connect with customers. 

“I’ve developed a lot of relationships and many customers have become great friends,” she says. 

With a 40-seat dining area and her dad’s French plates on the walls, La Petite Pierre is cozy and intimate, perfect for a lunch out with friends or a dinner date with loved ones. 

Plated by the kitchen crew, menu items are made using fresh, local ingredients, whether they are for a catering event or for the day-rush. Some of the most popular items on the menu include the Tarte Flambe with onion, crème fraiche, Parmesan and applewood-smoked bacon and the moules a la mariniere with Prince Edward Island mussels and white wine.

“Our customers know we really care about what [food] we put out,” she says. 

On top of La Petite Pierre’s catering side and in-house dining, the bistro offers Fill-the-Pot, where customers can bring in a pot and, for about $15 a person, carry away delicious meals like Beef Bourguignonne and Blanquette de veau (veal). 

Customers can even rent out the restaurant for their bridal showers, baby showers and corporate events. 

“I see us growing into a local hangout,” she says, adding that there are plans to put in a patio were guests can bring their furry pooches, “just like the French.” 

Her best advice is to treat everyone as the most important guest.

“I think that’s why we are so successful,” she says. 

Hours: Tu-F 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Th-Sat 5-9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. La Petite Pierre, 7800 Camargo Road, Madeira. 513-527-4909, lapetitepierre.com.