Mamma Primi

Restaurants, Italian Batignolles
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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. 


By: Zazie Tavitian


Venue name: Mamma Primi
Address: 71 rue des Dames

Opening hours: Mon - Sun 12:15pm - 3pm; 7pm - 11pm
Transport: Metro: Rome

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