Friends of the Messinas (Faubourg Saint-Antoine)

Friends of the Messinas (Faubourg Saint-Antoine)

For who ? Sicily buffs
Cult dish? Grandmother’s cake whose predominant ingredient is… zucchini.

One of many tastiest Italian tables in Paris is hidden away in an extended room, misplaced a stone’s throw from the Aligre market. Italian? For instance extra Sicilian. As a result of if the chums of Ignazio Messina cross all of Paris to sit down down in his small trattoria, they do it above all to style the household specialties of this native chef of Cefalù, close to Palermo. Launched in 2001, the principle tackle of the Messina clan (Non Solo Cucina, Non Solo Pizza, Les Amis des Messina Sentier, and many others.) avoids the pitfalls of the picturesque.

Scratched stones, modern tables, designer chairs, lengthy bar overlooking the open kitchen and nice little room upstairs, a number of household images… It is sober, tasteful and we give attention to a cautious chiaroscuro in night.

The boat, you’ll take it from the doorway with genuine antipasti, like these sardines full of raisins, pine nuts and mint (sardinian in beccaficoan awesome Palermitan basic) or these baked artichokes, deliciously au gratin with pecorino, mint and oregano. On the pasta aspect, it is the unmissable dish of rigatoni with olives, capers, anchovies and chilli or the strong assortment of pappardelle with home made sausage and porcini mushrooms that may take you on a journey to Taormina with each chew. Cooking al dente good and seasonings with frank flavors {that a} glass of nero d’avola pleasantly underlines with its vermilion hint.

For dessert, do not miss out, if there’s any, on grandma’s cake, the principle ingredient of which is… zucchini. With slightly sugar and ricotta, it is devilishly good. And even higher with slightly fennel liqueur. Lengthy dwell mama! And Ignazio too.

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