La Massara

Restaurants , Italian The Marais
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La Massara / DR
La Massara / © C. Griffoulieres
La Massara / DR
La Massara / DR
La Massara / DR
La Massara / DR
La Massara / DR
La Massara / © C. Griffoulieres
La Massara / DR

A deservedly popular Italian/Sicilian restaurant near République, you’ll often find groups of natives from Rome or Tuscany having a glass of wine and nibbling on bruschetta.

Start with a Spritz, the famous national cocktail made with Prosecco and Campari – best drunk with plenty of ice on the terrace – or instead choose from the excellent list of Italian wines. While you wait for your food, admire the Italian pizza oven in the open kitchen.

The antipasto encompasses a lovely selection of specialties, including the voluptuous carpaccio siculo: a carpaccio of beef with pistachios, shallots, parmesan and rocket. Then choose between pizzas (with and without sauce – we liked the San Daniele with rocket, parmesan and San Daniele ham, and the Massara with mozzarella, truffle cream and mushrooms), calzone or the special lasagnes, salads and desserts. All the ingredients are as fresh and the dishes well presented, making La Massara an excellent local Italian to visit and re-visit.

Venue name: La Massara
Address: 70 rue de Turbigo

Opening hours: Daily 12noon-3pm, 7pm-12mid
Transport: Métro : République, Arts et Métiers ou Temple
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Huw O

Not sure about 5 stars, but I really enjoyed my evening at this Italian. It was very nicely designed (if a little cramped - they seem to have crammed as many tables into the three-floor space as possible), and the staff were very helpful, mixing between their native Italian, French and English to help us out. The cheese board starter was lush - especially the smoked mozzarella - and the aubergine parmigiana was also great, if a little small (although admittedly it was a starter, and priced as such). The vegetarian pizza wasn't the best it could have been, as the vegetables were only partially cooked, as they seemed to have 'artistically' been chucked on half way through cooking. Desserts soon made up for this, however. Both outsize, the tiramisu and the panna cotta went down particularly well with our party. I would come back again, either for a full meal or to grab some spritz and nibbles as aperitifs.

Max T

This was a real treat. The restaurant interior is a cosy and beautiful modern-Parisian design in an open studio. The kitchen is front of house rendering you no further than several metres away from the preparation (flipping and bashing) of the fresh dough. The staff were friendly and communicative whilst also providing ample advice on their most sort-after dishes. The starters were nothing short of perfection in terms of size and taste. For main, the calzone with authentic italian saucisson was superb. Will be visiting again asap.