Time Out says
The style may try too hard but the food is on point at the latest addition to the Big Mamma group.
After the success of their renowned Paris-based Italian restaurants East Mamma and Ober Mamma, savvy businessmen Tigrane Seydoux and Victor Lugger have chosen Batignolles for their third address. Mamma Primi, located in the restaurant-filled rue des Dames follows the same idea and feel: no reservations, a massive waiting list on arrival, plus a magnificent space with an open kitchen, well-sourced products, and a plethora of Italian waiters. Unfortunately their smooth-talking Casanova shtick is a little too obvious and clumsy.
But onto our ‘primi piatti’. The pasta is all handmade and absolutely scrumptious. We loved the tortelli mantovani (€13): ravioli from the Italian town of Mantua, stuffed with squash, amaretto and gorgonzola, a beautiful combination of flavours. Another favourite was their legendary truffle pasta with mascarpone and mushrooms, potent but not overpowering. Alternatively, try their antipasti - the stracciatella cheese and fig pizetta (mini pizza) is great - or their selection of wood-fired pizzas. And with offerings like the Gran Sasso chardonny (€21), the wine menu wins on quality.
Only one gripe - the ‘Italian countryside’ vibe seems insincere and exaggerated. But with food like this, we’ll forgive them.
TRANSLATION: LEONIE CATER
71 rue des Dames
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