This Neapolitan-style trattoria had established itself as a neighbourhood favourite on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. And with its casual no-reservations policy and warm, mostly Italian staff, it’s no wonder. Tables are hard to come by, so it’s best to arrive early. If you’re not able to secure one, the long granite counter, with its view on the preparations, is a companionable alternative.
Start things off right with a Spritz (sparkling white wine, seltzer, Campari) and copious antipasti (a meal in itself). Bruschetta are around €8 and the fresh, homemade pastas, served in copper pans, are 12€ and up. Pizzas range from €9-15, with a metre-long version for heftier appetites (€22). Salads are from €8-15.
East Mamma’s products are all imported, so have that authentic tang of Italy as you sip regional wines and feast on San Daniele prosciutto, creamy burrata and fresh ricotta di bufala served with honey and bresaola. The desserts (around €7) do nothing to shatter this illusion: things like panna cotta with a splash of Grappa or ‘il tigramisu‘ made with lemon, banana and speculoos spiced biscuit.