After their celebrated opening of East Mamma on Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, Tigrane Seydoux and Victor Lugger have done it again a few steps from place de la République. This time, architect Alexander Waterworth pulled it off with the recreation of a Little Italy-style trattoria. The same principle applies to your plate: quality products sourced directly from the best Italian producers, at incredibly reasonable prices. To start, choose something from the prosciutti e formaggi menu: Parma ham, mozzarella, provolone or other antipasti ranging from €7 a plate to €24 for four. Then, apart from a trio of prepared dishes and mixed salads, the real stars of the menu are the home-made pasta and the Neapolitan pizzas baked in a monumental wood oven imported from Italy. We tried them both, and have nothing but praise for the carbonara (€12), and the lovely Mammargherita pizza (€12) with its crispy crust and generous toppings of mozzarella di bufala DOP, San Marzano tomatoes and fresh basil. To round off your meal, a light lemon tiramisu (€6.50) will do the trick. But the real novelty is the Italian-style aperitivo bar, where you can linger over a classic spritz or one of the delicious cocktails created by mixologist Nicola Battafarano (who already made quite a name for himself at the Chiltern Firehouse in London)… with the added bonus of complimentary meats and cheeses sliced as you go. All of the hip Parisian bobo crowd is already in the know, so a word of advice: get there just as it opens because the restaurant doesn’t accept reservations.
From 12:15am to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm
Average price: 30€