Anima, a homage to Mediterranean flavours close to the Bon Marché
After the success of Racines des Prés and Au Bon Saint-Pourçain, the champion of forgotten flavours, David Lanher, has partnered with his childhood friend Marco Marzilli to awaken the taste buds of the Left Bank and dust off the traditional dishes of Italian cuisine. In this former tapestry workshop, where the delightful windows and metal beams have been preserved, the kitchen is open to the dining area and gives pride of place to the wood-fuelled oven made to measure by Stafano Ferrara, a Neapolitan craftsman whose family has specialised in making such traditional enamelled ovens for three generations. The place is carefully and thoughtfully styled. The counter is crafted of a Calacatta Verde marble of rare elegance, the walls are covered with Pierre Frey wallpaper adorned with the motifs of the Italian architect, Gio Ponti. The passion for the gastronomic treasures of Italy is readily apparent on the plate, with around a dozen dishes created by the chef Mattéo Testa and about fifteen pizzas made by a pizzaïolo from the Italian heartland. Every Sunday, as tradition dictates, fresh pasta with eggs, made by hand, is available at lunchtime. Veramente!
78 Rue du Cherche Midi, 6th arrondissement
20 minutes by bus from the Hotel Monge
Open every day, from 12:30 to 14:30 and from 19:30 to 23:00
Tel. 01 40 47 90 41 and www.anima.paris
Photo: Anima Paris © Mr. TRIPPER