Italian restaurants madness is still going strong in Paris. After the many addresses of Big Mamma or Gemini, it’s the Corinti siblings’ turn to be talked about with a new and second place in the French capital.
After the success of Meriggio set near Grands Boulevards, Laura and Bastien Corinti face a new challenge by opening Damigiana.
In reference to glass or stoneware jars covered in wicker and used since the Antiquity to carry and preserve wine, oil and liquors, Damigiana has opened on September 24, 2018 by Les Halles neighborhood. With a décor designed by Damien Brambilla, the restaurant proudly displays its products on a wall covered in wine bottles. Look up and discover the colds cuts handing on butcher’s hooks!
At Damigiana, don’t look for the traditional Neapolitan pizza or the Carbonara spaghetti. No, Damigiana has much more to offer! Dishes that never crossed the boarders of Italy and sometimes even Italian specialties that didn’t cross the boarders of their very regions.
Damigiana is a genuine travel to the country of the Dolce Vita with unique flavors, quality produces, extremely well-sourced to offer the best to their patrons. The siblings work directly with small Italian producers to give the best to patrons. And we can inevitably feel it in the plates for our taste buds’ greatest joy.
Both a food cellar and a gourmet restaurant, Damigiana welcomes patrons on two floors: Upstairs, an area fitted for thirty seats and on the ground floor, the enoteca and its open-plan kitchen. It’s there we take a seat for a unique moment of tasting!
Let’s start with discovering the very beautiful and long list of wines for every budget.
In terms of references (about fifty available), the duo bets on quality and rarity, directly coming from Italian vintages including Erbaluce de Caluso, Procanico, Grecchetto and Lacrima di Morro.
And if you don’t know what vintage to drink, the brother and the sister designed a place mat with questions and answers. “Do you enjoy walks in the forest or in the sand most?” or “Are you more into Stracciatella ice cream or gourmet and fruity Fragola?” at the end of this little game, you’ll be given an animal matching the determined wine. A piece of advice: if you enjoy rather woody red wines, go for the stag!
Note that the place also offers some cocktails including the classic Spritz, as well as the “Bicicletta”, a delicious beverage made of Campari, Prosecco and Seltz and even the “Ugo” based on Saint-Germain liquor, Prosecco and Seltz.
And to go along these beverages and vintages, let’s enjoy a menu renewed every season. To start, go for the famous cicchetti (from €6 to €9) including small onions stuffed with buffala ricotta or a cep and asiago cheese tart without forgetting the irresistible arancini, the stuffed rice balls.
Let’s keep on with Antipasti and an exquisite cold cuts board, then a generous and creamy 250-g Burrata di Andria served with fresh vegetables. What a delight!
Next? Primi with pastas and risotto (from €16 to €19) and Secondi, meats and fishes (from €25 to €27). On the menu? Wild boar stew mafalde, Gorgonzola jelly risotto with its reduced red and yellow bell peppers juice, veal chops Milanese style, Squid and clams in an aromatic broth with taggiasche olives, capers and cherry tomatoes…
As for us, we go for the incredible green tortelloni with herbs and stuffed with beetroot and pecorino. Making us fall in love with it, this dish offered us a memorable explosion in the mouth thanks to delicious homemade pasta with herbs and perfectly cooked, this skilled mixed with beetroot and this light pancetta and onion sauce.
Across the table, my partner’s taste buds are boiling with the browned Girelle pasta hiding delicious vegetables and a béchamel sauce.
If you feel you still have some room left, you should fall for one of the 4 homemade desserts (from €7 to €9): A surprising and delicious gorgonzola and walnut ice cream or a chocolate truffle flavored with Grand Marnier or a pear marble and a Coffee with gourmet desserts.
But if you want to end on an even sweeter note, fall for the huge tiramisu served in a cup and hiding – under a shiny chocolate shell – the famous coffee-soaked biscuit. Once again, you’ll fall in love!
The bonus? The end of the meal comes with a surprising liquor cart – all from Italy.
I’m sure you guessed it, but Damigiana definitely won our hearts thanks to an Italian cuisine that is creative and hearty, produces extremely well sourced, delicious recipes in tribute to the classics of the Italian gastronomy and a 100% Italian staff that is welcoming and friendly that simply makes us want to come back to experience a new gustative journey to the country of the Dolce Vita!
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58 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
75001 Paris 1