La Ultima in Paris: a double-sided Italian restaurant with speakeasy and pizzeria in Saint-Michel

By bfnadmin  | Date: 2022-05-03

      
    La Ultima in Paris: a double-sided Italian restaurant with speakeasy and pizzeria in Saint-Michel
                    By Caroline J. Photos by Caroline J. Published May 4 2021 to 20h61 

If you like unusual gourmet concepts, then head to the mythical Place Saint-Michel in Paris to push the doors of La Ultima. Its here, at the back of a pizzeria worthy of those of Little Italy, that hides La Ultima, a speakeasy restaurant showcasing the rich and tasty Italian gastronomy every evening. Are we visiting you?

Do you want to discover a double-sided Italian restaurant in Paris? Head to place Saint-Michel, in the 6th arrondissement of the capital, to get to know a gourmet address that is worth a detour, both for its concept and its cuisine. And its at No. 6 Place Saint-Michel, where until March 2021 the Gibert Jeune brand, that this unique restaurant opened its doors. At first glance, we discover Tonys, a pizzeria worthy of those located in Little Italy, across the Atlantic. With its beautiful banquettes, wooden bar, multiple frames hanging on the walls and checkered napkins, this pizzeria plays the vintage card. On the menu ? Homemade pasta, polpette della nonna without forgetting the essential Neapolitan pizzas.

But in the evening, Tonys tidies up its tables and the room empties, giving the impression of a deserted restaurant. But dont be afraid. On the contrary, it would be a terrible mistake to turn around. In reality, the customer is taken to the back of the pizzeria room to discover, behind a mahogany door, La Ultima. This speakeasy restaurant at night, looking like a clandestine casino, offers us a real and incredible dive out of time. With its brass fountain in the entrance, its black marble, its crystal chandeliers, its armchairs with animal prints and its subdued lights, La Ultima takes us back in time thanks to to its atmosphere 61s both intimate and cozy.

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Once comfortably seated, its time to taste a tempting menu and Italian-smelling dishes created by Manuel Castro. Passionate about Italian cuisine since his childhood, the chef was notably second in a 2Michelin restaurant in Sicily, before joining several French starred establishments, such as Penati al Baretto.

On the menu? Tasty, generous and colorful dishes like in the land of the Dolce Vita. As for antipasti, make way for the famous veal carpaccio, a Milanese-style fried egg with its gorgonzola fondue or even a Mediterranean-style octopus salad. To start, we finally let ourselves be tempted by the essential arancinetti with truffles : two generous and delicious risotto croquettes with truffles and parmesan cheese 50 month which offer a nice starter to start the tasting!

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We continues the trip to Italy with a beautiful colorful plate made up of tender and tasty gnocchi, with its pistachio pesto, its tomato sauce and its fried prawns. Opposite, place for octopus, perfectly cooked, accompanied by a tomato sauce and potatoes. A real delight that only confirms our first impressions!

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    For carnivores, here too there is something to tickle their taste buds with, for example, a fillet of beef with truffles or even a rib of beef to share for two, and accompanied by a gorgonzola sauce.

    For those with a sweet tooth, La Ultima pulls out all the stops with the Pistacchiomisù (pistachio tiramisù) or the Cannolo siciliano (crunchy pastry stuffed with ricotta cream, vanilla, dark chocolate and pistachio). Otherwise, if you still have room, we strongly recommend the rum baba with limoncello cream and red fruits. A classic of the genre that still has its little effect.

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    For accompany these tasty dishes, La Ultima suggests wine - especially Italian -, or cocktails. A choice of 7 creations and 4 classics, all made by the talented mixologist Roberto Pino. We were amazed visually and tastefully by the "Smoked Negroni ", which harmoniously combines Campari, Martini Rosso, gin without forgetting smoked orange zest, to sublimate the whole. Otherwise, discover the “ Pacino Spritz ” (Limoncello, Belvoir, prosecco, soda and lemon) or the "Tonys" (gin, vodka, crème de cassis, Italicus and soda).

    With its unusual concept and its ode to Italian cuisine, La Ultima hits hard and brings a breath of fresh air to Place Saint-Michel. So, are you ready to live a gourmet journey out of time?

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