At Trattoria by Gustu, the new restaurant at the Grand Marché Stalingrad (formerly known as La Rotonde), Corsican cuisine is given pride of place and it’s hard to resist trying it all so much the menu is tantalizing.
Running Gustu, a Corsican of course, Christophe Poligani as nice and passionate as in love with his island. It’s then very naturally and with lots of enthusiasm that the latter tells us that main produces on the menu directly come from Corsican and Italian craftsmen and farmers.
The produces I’m talking about? PDO figatellu, 18-month Prosciutto di Parma DOP, PDO coppa, mozzarella di Bufala DOP from Campania, fresh pasta and ravioli coming from the Milanese region, herbs from the Corsican scrubland, hand-harvested and dried calamintha nepeta…
Vegetables and mixed herbs will soon be very local since starting this summer, they will grow directly on the roof of the Grand Marché Stalingrad. Such as honey coming from the five hives set at the same place!
Honestly, how can you not fall for such excellent produces, so brilliantly sourced? We couldn’t resist and fell as a starter for the Rotolino with Porchetta and truffle (€9), meaning braided pizza dough filled with mozzarella fior di latte, Porchetta, truffle cream; for the fresh Corsican ewe’s milk cheese fritters (€11) according to a recipe of the boss’s mamma and for the delicious seasonal parsnip and cauliflower velouté (€10).
Moreover, always looking for a sustainable and local consumption, this super creamy velouté is made with vegetables selected at the Marché sur l’Eau, the famous boat-farmer transporting weekly fruits and vegetables from Ile de France farmers to the Bassin de la Villette.
Let’s continue our discovery of Mediterranean cuisine with Nustrale lasagnas (€14) with beef and Corsican tomme cheese, and the goat, fig and honey ravioli (€15), with a gorgonzola and Salinu sauce, a superb condiment based on salt and Cervioni hazelnuts made at Charles Sforzini’s Atelier de la Noisette. Two tasty dishes that are very, very hearty!
Of course, you can choose between fifteen pizzas cooked in woodfire, boards with delicious regional produces, Corsican burger (grilled pork, Corsican tomme cheese, chestnut ketchup!) and even wild boar ravioli for the biggest foodies among you!
In any case, we enjoy these delicious dishes with homemade cocktails because at Gustu, Corsica also takes over the cocktail list, revisited on the occasion with 100% made in Corsica produces such as the Capo Spritz (€8 based on Cap Corse, craft quinquina with floral and bitter flavors), the Corse Blanc (€8 white Russian with Corsican chestnut liquor) or even the Gin Tonic du Maquis (€10, Gin Citadelle, tonic, thyme, myrtle liquor by Mavela craft distillery)!
And moving on to dessert, even though we don’t feel any room left in our bellies, but following the good words of the boss, we go for the super light and classic tiramisu (€7). Well, not so classic since it’s made with canistrelli in lieu of the soft biscuits.
You get it now, at Trattoria by Gustu, one enjoys real Mediterranean cuisine made in Corsica and made in Italy prepared according to the mamma’s famous recipes in a breathtaking décor (that cupola!).
For an afterwork party with friends, foodies will prefer the Le Refuge bar where we can drink cocktails of course but also excellent Corsican beers; and where we enjoy plates to share before pushing the tables away and dance on Friday and Saturday nights.
Brunch fans will be delighted to know that Gustu provides an excellent brunch on Sundays, shaped like a buffet including activities to keep children busy.
And let’s not forget that we’re waiting for sunny days to enjoy the huge 1500-sqm terrace of the Grand Marché Stalingrad, just to enjoy the sun!
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From 13 February 2019 to 31 December 2019
Trattoria by Gustu
6 Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad
75019 Paris 19
Desserts: 6-7 €
Cocktails: 8-10 €
Assiettes à partager: 9-15 €
Pizzas: 9-18 €
Entrées: 10-14 €
Plats: 12-22 €
Brunch enfants: 21 €
Brunch: 27 €
Lundi au mercredi de 10h à 00h.
Jeudi, vendredi et samedi -10h à 2h
(Mini-club vendredi – Samedi jusqu'à 6h).
Dimanche Brunch de 10h à 17h.