At Trattoria by Gustu, the restaurant at the Rotonde Stalingrad, Corsican cuisine is given pride of place and it is hard to resist trying it all so much the menu is tantalizing.
Running Gustu, a Corsican man of course, Christophe Poligani as nice and passionate as in love with his island. It is 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 am 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 are very local since they grow directly on the roof of the Rotonde Stalingrad - alright: the aromatic kitchen garden suffered from the heat during lockdown. 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 could not resist and fell as a starter for the fresh Corsican ewe’s milk cheese fritters (€9) to dip in brocciu and mint sauce, based on a recipe by the boss’s mamma and for the delicious seasonal plate of vegerables (€8) worked different fashions: grilled, cooked, raw, crunchy.
Let us continue our discovery of Mediterranean cuisine with the goat, fig and honey ravioli (€15), with some Corsican farm tomme cheese, a very creamy and hearty dish likely to delight sweet-and-sour fans. Let us also try the delicious lamb's shoulder slowly cooked and candied with citrus fruits (€19) served with seasoned jus, mashed potatoes and celery. Two hearty dishes for a one-way trip to Corsica.
In any case, we enjoy these delicious dishes with beers from small Corsican brewers (and friends of the boss!), as well as 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).
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, though!).
For an afterwork party with friends, foodies will prefer the La Serre by Gustu, set outside, where one can drink cocktails of course but also excellent Corsican beers; and where one enjoys plates to share before pushing the tables away and dance on Friday and Saturday nights.
And on sunny days, Gustu served gelato on site or takeout based on Corsican flavors, of course! To choice: Corsican brocciu and honey, Nuciola (the Corsican spread) by Atelier de la Noisette in Cervioni, or even organic Corsican Limoncellu lemon. Original, you say?
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 26 July 2021
Trattoria by Gustu
6 Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad
75019 Paris 19